Essential Podcasts for Small Business Owners

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.

  1. StartUp
    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.
  2. Marketplace
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. $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.

Meet EGBI’s Client – Raul Rodriguez

By Anne Lagrange

Meet Raul Rodriguez,  founder of Raul’s Taqueria Al Pastor, a Tex-mex food truck in North Austin. Raul got started cooking helping his mom in the kitchen at her Mexican restaurant. After perfecting the craft, Raul realized how much people enjoyed his food and decided to start his own business. Ten years ago, Raul’s Taqueira was born, specializing in traditional Mexican tacos. Since then they’ve grown to over 3 employees and begun offering their coveted tacos Al Pastor. Today, you can find Raul’s tacos at his food truck on Rundberg Lane and online via Grubhub.

Raul shares his experience as a business owner and how EGBI can help you grow your business too. 

Hi Raul! To get started, would you mind telling us what inspired you to start your business? 

Making the jump from my Mom’s kitchen to starting my own business was inspired by support from my children. My son encouraged me to be entrepreneurial and made me realize I could make money and provide for my family. 

What makes your business unique? 

Our business takes original Mexican cuisine and combines it with our own personal style. We offer a wide variety of tacos and tortas, serving everything from breakfast tacos to tortas Cubanas. 

What are some obstacles you feel like you have encountered in starting or growing your business?  How did you overcome this?  

I think just starting the business was the hardest part. In the beginning it took a lot of hard work. It was difficult securing the truck/space, hiring employees, and gaining customers. My whole family helped out, which made the process manageable.  

What workshops/business coaching have you done through EGBI? 

I took the Build Your Business Plan course and learned to make financial projections and a marketing plan. I really enjoyed meeting other business owners and working with the coaches. 

How has EGBI helped you? 

EGBI taught me the mechanics of starting a business. They also helped me create a growth plan and set smart goals.

Want to work with EGBI? Contact us to find out how you can get started.