19 podcasts for entrepreneurs to start listening today

October 23, 2020

Best podcasts for entrepreneurs.

It looks like we live in the golden age of podcasts for entrepreneurs. Everyone’s hosting a small business podcast these days. But which ones are the actually the best small business podcasts to spend your time on?

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 1. The Top

 2. Do It Scared

 3. Mixergy

 4. Entrepreneurs on Fire

 5. How I Built This

 6. Advertising Stories

 7. The Marie Forleo Podcast

 8. HBR IdeaCast

 9. The $100 MBA Show

 10. The Cold Email Outreach Podcast

 11. Backcountry Marketing Podcast

 12. Conversations with Creative Women

 13. 5 Reasons To Keep Your Business Small

 14. The School of Greatness

 15. The Dark Horse Entrepreneur

 16. Startup Minute

 17. Inspired Money

 18. Knowledge Project

 19. Pivot and The Prof G Show

 20. Conclusion

What are the best podcasts for entrepreneurs these days?

To get the most unbiased answers we asked real entrepreneurs to share their favourite business podcasts. Some of the suggested business podcasts were quite popular but there were also names we’d never heard of, and that sparked our interest. 

Because it’s not only the top entrepreneur podcasts with millions of listeners that are worth listening. Many small business podcasts are less known yet packed with value.

The Top by Nathan Latka

Nathan gives short yet powerful interviews with some of the biggest SaaS founders & CEOs. There is a focus on transparency of vital company data like customer acquisition cost, lifetime value, and monthly recurring revenue. This openness is rare and extremely valuable to learn from as an early-stage CEO currently in talks with seed investors. 

It is a must-listen for anyone interested in the finance and data-driven software companies of today.

Ollie Brown, Founder & CEO at Cerefine

Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup

This is without a doubt my favourite small business podcast. On her podcast, Ruth talks about starting and growing successful online business and interviews successful people from all the walks of life. I love binge listening to her special Get Ruthed episodes in which she gives private coaching to her EBA students. 

One thing that I’ve learnt from listening to her is that small consistent action can make a huge difference in the long term. She encourages people to take action even if they’re afraid. I believe each entrepreneur should listen to her. She has been running a multi-million dollar business and getting to pick her mind is a great opportunity available for other small business owners like me.

Mithil Moradiya, Founder of Thatinternetentrepreneur.com

Mixergy by Andrew Warner

It is a podcast for business owners with businesses of all sizes. The guests are entrepreneurs who run small and large businesses and the podcast takes us through their full journey. 

Few valuable lessons I have learned from the podcast are the way businesses approached PR and marketing to find customers.

The host Andrew Warner does a good job discussing the details of challenges faced by each entrepreneur and the ways each entrepreneur solved those challenges. This makes it valuable for business owners as many of us have already faced some of these challenges or will be facing them in the future and having a different perspective on how others solved those challenges can help run a business.

Rahul Mohanachandran, Co-Founder/Head of Marketing at Kasera

Entrepreneurs on Fire by John Lee Dumas

I have been listening to Entrepreneurs on Fire every day for the past two years. I love that every episode covers a different topic and includes information valuable to all business leaders, regardless of their industry. I remember hearing about people who overcame enormous challenges and they inspired me to do the same. 

Also, the podcast provides a lot of useful tips and tricks that are applicable to a lot of businesses and I have used several of them so far. John Lee Dumas is an experienced host who is able to identify the most important information and present it in a very engaging way.

Stefan Chekanov, Co-founder of Brosix

How I Built This by Guy Raz

This podcast interviews the founders of some of the world’s most successful companies such as Starbucks, Spanx, Lyft, Lululemon etc. I listen to it for inspiration and for different ideas to market and grow my business.  

I would recommend this podcast to other entrepreneurs because it can give you confidence that you are on the right track. Many of these successful entrepreneurs are regular humans like you and I while before this podcast I thought you had to be half superhero to be an entrepreneur of a successful company. My biggest takeaways from all these shows have been every path is different, it’s all about perseverance and things become more clear if your company has a strong mission.

Fedia Kourbatov, Founder of Baba Bags

Advertising Stories by Peter Levitan

It helps in learning about the Big picture of Agency Business as that is my goal and also Peter shares some of the Biggest agency blunders which he has been a part of himself. Also he shares a lot of cool insights from the Madison Avenue world of Advertising.

Deepanshu Garg, Co-Founder at Adshade.in

The Marie Forleo Podcast

This podcast is all about having and maintaining the right mindset to be successful in life and in business. Her and her guest’s tips have been life-changing to me in so many ways! Marie taught me that we’re all able to create and achieve anything we’ve ever dreamed of, as long as you stick to a positive mindset at all times, and as long as you believe in your worth as a person and entrepreneur. 

I believe there is something to learn from Marie’s podcasts for every small business owner when it comes to understanding the connection between mindset and being successful in business.

Angie Makljenovic, Owner of she-can-blog.com

HBR IdeaCast by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch

As a business owner, I never forget to make time for learning. I see to it that I still get to attend seminars, read books and listen to business podcasts to gain more knowledge about the business industry, and life in general. Since I’m working on a digital platform, I mainly listen to podcasts because it allows me to continue with my work while just listening. 

My favorite is the HBR IdeaCast by Alison Beard and Curt Nickisch because they provide stories and experiences from real people across the world. It teaches us how to deal with the problems that entrepreneurs face on every level, and the solutions they come up with to go on with their businesses. I highly recommend this podcast because the solutions they give are feasible for everyone.

Jace Beeny, CEO at JaceBeeny.com

The $100 MBA Show by Omar Zenhom

Listening to The $100 MBA Show has been a blessing. I look forward to listening to Omar and his guests, who are often small business owners, daily.

The podcast packs a punch with a short, sweet, and to the point approach. It’s easy to digest and the dynamic of the show is fun and upbeat. What I love most is that it gives actionable advice that applies to my business.

I recommend this podcast to all small business owners that are getting started with a new idea or looking to grow their already developed business.

Kevin Vandijk, CEO and Founder of Tree Online

The Cold Email Outreach Podcast by Jeremy & Jack

I recommend this podcast to entrepreneurs because you will learn how to send emails that generate sales. Specifically, the podcast is focused on cold email or email prospecting. If you have ever sent an email to start a sales conversation, this podcast can help. Specifically, I’m a big fan of the “teardown” episodes where the podcasts critically evaluate and improve cold emails.

I recommend starting with the following episode – #165 – How To Find The Perfect Person To Contact At A Company?

Bruce Harpham, Technology Marketing Consultant at SaaS Marketing Services

Backcountry Marketing Podcast by Cole Heilborn

The podcast takes a deep dive with leaders in the outdoor industry to discuss the gritty details of their marketing, branding work, personal challenges, and latest adventures. 

In each episode, host and producer Cole Heilborn chats with influential C-suite and marketing professionals from outdoor brands like Chaco, Peak Design, Strava, Klean Kanteen, Salomon, and Filson. Guests share their industry stories, experiences, and insights in an open conversational format. 

I find each episode both helpful and fascinating as they intertwine actionable takeaways with seasoned wisdom from some of the industry’s most skilled marketers.

Cory Van Auken, Digital Relations Director at Darby Communications

Conversations with Creative Women by Sandi Klein

Each episode of this podcast brings us a conversation with a different businesswoman — most of whom you’ve probably never heard of but should have. These women talk about the challenges they’ve faced in their careers, how they overcame those challenges, and the extraordinary things they achieved.

This is a great podcast for any entrepreneur, but especially those entrepreneurs who are also parents. Many of the women featured in the show built businesses and climbed to the top of their industries while raising children, which just goes to show that it’s possible. This one has gotten me through a lot of tough nights when it felt like running a business while raising kids wasn’t realistic!

Lorie Anderson, Founder of MomInformed

5 Reasons To Keep Your Business Small by 100MBA.net

While everyone dreams of scaling up their small business and with thousands of YouTube uploads that discuss the hows, here’s an unusual podcast that says you shouldn’t. Why not grow? That’s what every entrepreneur wants.

It is an eye-brow raising topic, but upon hearing the first reason, I’m completely sold. I’ve listened to many business podcasts before, but everyone’s about climbing up without the cons. The content made me think twice about whether my business should scale up or not. It’s a lifesaver as it sheds light on the disadvantages of expanding and why small businesses would fit many owners’ lifestyles and preferences. I recommend it to everyone excited to move up but not sure if they’re ready for it.

Steve West, Founder of Entrepreneur Nut

The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and athlete and that’s the reason when you listen to his podcasts you won’t just find tips related to business, but also real and actionable tips for maintaining a great work-life balance. All information is flanked by his rich experiences of maintaining a great work-life balance, health, and relationships. 

Listening to this podcast is akin to hitting two birds with the same stone and you won’t have to shift or listen to another podcast about how to maintain relationships or health as separate entities but in sync with your busy corporate or professional life. In times like these, where your health and relationships come as conscious efforts and not unconsciously and effortlessly, The School of Greatness is a reservoir and a relief.

Siddhartha Gupta, CEO at Mettl

The Dark Horse Entrepreneur by Tracy Brinkmann

One of my favorite podcasts for entrepreneurs is The Dark Horse Entrepreneur. I like the balance between interview-style content and the new daily actionable content. 

The interviews are awesome because they help reinforce that I am not alone in my battle to make a small business successful, and each guest brings their tips and ideas to the table. The daily episodes are valuable because they are reminders of all the little things we have to keep in mind each and every day in order to not only run a successful business but a successful life as well. 

A recent winning episode talked about the 80/20 rule, and made me relook at my clients to see which ones are NOT the ones I want to work with. Working to work them out of the pipeline to made room for those that I WANT to work with!

Tracy Brinkmann, Founder of Dark Horse Entrepreneur Schooling

Startup Minute

As a small business owner, I love the podcast Startup Minute. I have listened to it because it distils eternal wisdom into bite-sized nuggets. I loved the episode about Singleness of Purpose and think about this episode to stay focused on my mission. I recommend this podcast to entrepreneurs who seek reality-based (instead of overly idealistic) entrepreneurial inspiration and information.

Andrew Bushard, CEO of Free Press Media Press Inc.

Inspired Money by Andy Wang

Improve your money mindset with host Andy Wang, named a top influential financial advisor by INVESTOPEDIA. We explore positive money stories with everyone from entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, creatives, and even a former WWE wrestler to help you get inspired, shift your perspectives on money, and achieve incredible things. 

Whether you want to launch a side hustle, pay down debt, or give money to charity, listen to Inspired Money because big things begin with just a little inspiration.

Andrew Wang, Managing Partner at Runnymede Capital Management, Inc.

Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish and Farnam Street

My favorite podcast to listen to that has certainly impacted my thinking in the last few years is the Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish and Farnam Street. Shane sits down with experts from a wide variety of fields and tries to learn about their decision making processes, which I find truly fascinating and inspiring. Especially as an entrepreneur where your business description is setting priorities and making the important decisions, taking time to focus and learn about decision making as well as reflect on your own decision making patterns and processes proves to be incredibly beneficial. 

The business lessons I’ve learned from it revolve around risk: the basis of taking intelligent risks, when to take risk, how much risk to take, and how to quantify the risk. It focuses on being able to quantify our own uncertainty perceptions and our desires for each outcome to create a risk assessment that leads us to an ultimate decision.

Jacob Rosenberg, President and Co-Founder of Tajima Direct

Pivot and The Prof G Show by Scott Galloway

I love podcasts by Prof. Scott Galloway, namely Pivot and The Prof G Show with Scott Galloway. I listen to them not only because I find Prof. Galloway particularly entertaining, but also because the hosts and their chosen guests offer sharp and straightforward insights on what’s happening in technology, business, and politics right now. 

Sometimes his opinions can be controversial, but there’s always a grain of truth in there that I need to hear as a business owner myself. Listening to these podcasts, I learned that I need to be more agile and adaptive as an entrepreneur if I want my businesses to thrive and keep on winning in the startup arena. 

I recommend these podcasts if you want to stay sharp, agile, and adaptive as an entrepreneur without taking yourself too seriously. These podcasts are as straightforward as they come, but remain a fun listening experience. 

Matthew Stormoen, Co-Founder and CEO of Mobibi

Conclusion

Growing your business knowledge is a lifetime process and this small business podcast list will surely make it more fun. Business podcasts are practical to listen to, because you can simultaneously do something else, like jogging, driving, cleaning… Unlike reading books or watching movies, the podcasts for entrepreneurs don’t require your full attention.

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