The 5 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs in 2017: Listen Up

August 18, 2016

As a busy entrepreneur, it’s not uncommon to be short on time while always hungry for knowledge. Podcasts may be your answer.

Podcasts have become increasingly popular as a passive way to consume information, especially for those who are always on the go.

Driving to a client meeting? No problem! Press play on a podcast and discover the ‘power pose’ during your commute. Squeezing in a run? Perfect! Spend that time exercising your body and your mind while learning how to master content marketing.

We’re saving you some of that precious time by distilling all the great podcasts for the busy entrepreneur down to our top 5.

The James Altucher Show Podcast

Every episode of The James Altucher Show starts with: “This isn’t your average business podcast and he’s not your average host,” and he lives up to this expectation.

Each week James – a successful entrepreneur and author – interviews different entrepreneurs, including well-known figures like Arianna Huffington and Gary Vaynerchuck. His casual interview style, and ability to ask questions you didn’t even know you wanted the answers to, make him one of our top podcast picks.


Check out his interview with Ariana Huffington on The Sleep Revolution. 


Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

The Pitch Podcast

The Pitch is like The Shark Tank got a podcast makeover. Each episode, a new startup presents their pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and investor judges. The insights and inspiration you’ll gain from this podcast will put you 10 steps closer to realizing your entrepreneurial dream.


Feeling a big judgy? Check out this episode featuring a pitch by Indian startup Gigato, a discovery and rewards app.


Twitter | Facebook | Medium

Smart Passive Income Podcast

Pat Flynn dubs himself the “Crash Test Dummy of online business” in Smart Passive Income. He offers listeners insight into his failures and successes building an online business around “passive income” (i.e. revenue gained for your business with little manual or ongoing effort).

What sets him apart is his advice is given through a distinctively ethical and transparent lens (he even displays his monthly income on his homepage). Each week he interviews a different influential entrepreneur including the likes of Tim Ferris and Ramit Sethi.


In this episode, find out how Brett Miller Quit His 6-Figure Job to Build LEGOs


Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Lewis Howes – The School of Greatness Podcast

Get schooled by former pro-athlete-turned-lifestyle-entrepreneur Lewis Howes. The School of Greatness isn’t your average “classroom.” Your professors are inspiring people like Tony Robins, Russel Simmons and Lewis himself, and the syllabus includes lessons such as how to turn tragedies into triumphs and the power of high-end coaching. 


In this episode, Lewis interviews accomplished author Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic fame) on how to live your most creative life:


Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

The MFCEO Podcast

Andy Frisella is an entrepreneur through and through. He started his first venture 17 years ago—a supplement store that brought in only $7 on the first day and now brings in $100 million annually.

The MFCEO Podcast is a passion project with episodes featuring Andy, his sidekick Vaughn Kohler and a different (millionaire) entrepreneur each week. According to Andy, MFCEO will help you stay “informed, inspired and motivated to get your a** moving in the right direction to achieve your financial and personal goals.”

The ‘MF’ in MFCEO stands for some words we couldn’t write in this blog post so keep in mind that this podcast is geared to those comfortable with a more, shall we say, “rough” language.


In this episode, Andy urges you not to procrastinate your commitment to greatness. Just think like Rocky: “There is no tomorrow!”


Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

At FreshBooks, we love podcasts and are always on the search for the best ones out there. We also sponsor some of the ones mentioned above, along with other fantastic podcasts geared towards startups and entrepreneurs, including:

This is an optimized post and was originally published on the FreshBooks blog in August 2016.

about the author

Content Editor, FreshBooks Amanda is a content editor at FreshBooks, writing and producing blog content to help small business owners achieve their goals and enjoy (yes, actually enjoy!) running their business. Amanda’s background in education and customer support makes her a natural communicator who loves empowering others to succeed. When she’s not writing and editing content, Amanda takes her dog, Jonny, on adventures searching for the best coleslaw in Toronto.

Freshly picked for you
Best Productivity Apps and Integrations in FreshBooks: 2019 Roundup New: Redesigned Time Tracking Experience How Long Should You Actually Keep Your Business Records?  How FreshBooks Select Helps Anna Save Money and Time When Scaling Her Franchise Now's the Time to Learn to Love Your General Ledger Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) You Should Track for Your Small Business
Sign up for the FreshBooks Blog Newsletter