By Alison Flangel
Being a small business owner is hard; sometimes taking advice from others is necessary for personal success. Podcasts are a great resource to turn to for words of wisdom. When you’re taking a walk, cooking dinner, or picking up the kids from school, these podcasts are enlightening and informative. All of the podcasts below are available through Apple Podcasts, or can be streamed online for free if searched on Google.
StartUp was created by Alex Blumberg, who is the former producer of NPR’s This American Life and Planet Money. The podcast goes through the highs and lows of being a new business owner, explaining in length the struggles that come along with it. Each of the two seasons feature a different company: Gimlet Media in the first season, and an online dating start-up in the second. Listen to StartUp for an amusing and unique outlook on being a business owner.
As a business owner, it is essential to understand what is happening in the current economy. While the economy can be confusing, resources such as Marketplace help us understand what is truly going on. Each day when Marketplace releases a new episode, the current state of the U.S. economy is analyzed. Additionally, real-life stories are thrown in the podcast to explain how the economy affects business owners on a daily basis.
- HBR IdeaCast
The Harvard Business Review is a critically acclaimed, reliable podcast that throws out advice for any professional within the world of business. Listening to this podcast will provide you with strategy, growth and leadership skills, as well as business philosophies. The HBR IdeaCast is a great resource for not only business owners, but for any individual who is looking to grow in the business world.
- How I Built This
Guy Raz’s infamous show, How I Built This, examines the stories behind some of the world’s most well-known companies. Episodes featuring everyone from Whitney Wolfe of Bumble to Curt Jones of Dippin’ Dots, How I Built This proves to Americans that success in business can be found anywhere. This inspirational podcast does not disappoint.
- $100 MBA
The $100 MBA is a great podcast for those who are looking to learn more about the practicalities of business. Each episode is very short, although topics range all the way from business fundamentals to social media advertising. If you are looking to refresh your knowledge on anything business related, this podcast is for you.