Top 10 Small Business Podcasts to Get You Inspired

If you find it difficult to digest small business news, tips and advice in the written form on a daily basis, you might want to consider tuning in to small business podcasts. There are literally hundreds of podcasts available, offering everything from inspiration for entrepreneurs to actionable business tips.

The great thing about podcasts is that they make it possible to learn while you’re driving to meet your next client, walking the dog, or even cleaning the bathroom!

We’ve compiled a list of some popular podcasts and a brief format description to help you find new-to-you shows relevant to your growing business.

1. Escape from Cubicle Nation

Tagline: “Advice, support and encouragement to stop being a corporate prisoner and start your own business.”

Escape from Cubicle Nation with Pam Slim includes interviews with some small business greats including a recent episode with Guy Kawasaki. Listen to archived podcasts dating back to 2006.

2. The Smallbiz Brain

Tagline: “Where Small Business Talks” 

The Smallbiz Brain podcast is hosted by David Wolf and includes discussions with experts and thought leaders in the world of small business. New episodes of the Smallbiz Brain are released weekly.

3. StartUpNation Radio

Tagline: “Everything you need to build a business.”

Hosted by the Sloan brothers, StartUpNation’s podcasts provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with actionable suggestions for launching and building a small business.

4. Your Money Matters

Tagline: “Get your personal finances in shape…”

Brought to you by the Wall Street Journal, this podcast is packed with information to help you keep the financial side of your business in order. Your Money Matters is hosted by Paul Herrmann.

5. World Business Report

Tagline: “The latest business and finance news from around the world, on the BBC.”

For a broader view of the marketplace, BBC explores global economic and business news and how these important issues affect consumers and investors.

6. Work Awesome Podcast

Tagline: “Work Better. Live Better.” 

Although the last Podcast was published in September, the WorkAwesome podcast archives are worth a listen. They include everything from interviews with thought-provoking speakers to podcasting about podcasting.

7. HBR IdeaCast

Tagline: “Bringing you the analysis and advice of the leading minds in management.”

The Harvard Business Review is one of the biggest names in small business and entrepreneurship. The weekly IdeaCast covers everything from work-life balance to motivating tomorrow’s leaders.

8. Breakthrough Business Strategies

Tagline: “Breakthrough Business Strategies Radio”

Podcast host Michelle Price shares tools for building a successful small business in today’s economy. Recent show titles include “Six Steps to Creating Profits” and “When Do You Become a Corporate Blog?”

9. Marketing Edge

Tagline: “One of the longest running marketing and public relations podcasts.”

The Marketing Edge Podcast, hosted by Albert Maruggi, covers topics from the perspective of a man with 25 years of PR and marketing experience. With Marketing Edge you can learn the ins and outs of social media as well as get lessons on generating motivating content.

10. Entrepreneur People

Tagline: “Real stories about real people…”

Entrepreneur People is hosted by Sherry Borzo and includes plenty of on-demand episodes if you’re looking to catch up on the lessons real-life entrepreneurs and business owners have learned through their own experiences

Do you have a favorite podcast? Join us around the Bonfire, and tell us about it in the comments.

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Emily Suess is a full-time technical marketing writer in the software industry and a part-time freelance copywriter. To learn more about marketing your small business online, check out her copywriting blog, Say It With Me.


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  1. Lawren Lelko

    Some of the above podcasts don’t seem to be able to be downloaded. what’s up with that… I am not a desk-potato. I need podcasts that I can download and take with me.

  2. Interesting list Emily. As a small business podcaster myself I’m always on the look out for something new.

    I spent some of this weekend judging the European Podcast Awards and was amazed at the increasing quality to business podcasting happening in the space. I think podcasting is maturing as a medium.

    It’s certainly become the second-most successful form of lead generation for my business (after word of mouth) so I’d recommend readers of this blog to definitely check out these shows and also think about what a podcast can do for you.

    Very best wishes,

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