Small-business podcasts are a great learning resource to improve your skills and gain a new perspective. Whether you’re on a long drive or a 10-minute break, you can find a podcast that fits into your schedule. Some podcasts even provide surprisingly valuable information that can help you run a business more effectively.
I’ve put together a list of 25 great podcasts for small business owners who want to continue learning new skills and ideas. Some focus on independent entrepreneurship in particular, while others focus on other relevant topics.
- Best Business Specific Podcast: Business Systems Explored
- Best for Digital Nomads: Tropical MBA
- Best Daily Updates: The $100 MBA
- Best for Digital Marketing: The Digital Entrepreneur
- Best for Self-improvement: The MFCEO Project
- Best for Current Events: TED Business
These podcasts cover your typical “business” topics. You’ll learn new concepts and get some clear tips you can easily put to work in your own company.
1. Best Business Specific Podcast: Business Systems Explored
The Business Systems Explored podcast has ended (at least at this point in time), but it’s still relevant. There are 29 total episodes.
Business Systems Explored covers topics like hiring, productivity, and getting traction. Every episode is nearly an hour long, so there’s plenty of time to flesh out each subject.
The best feature of this podcast is its strong focus on practical business tips. There’s very little high-level discussion, and it’s focused more on specifics that could actually be useful in your day-to-day operations.
2. Best for Digital Nomads: Tropical MBA
In a nutshell, Tropical MBA teaches listeners how to build an enterprise and still be able to travel.
You’ll find this podcast helpful if you’re struggling to find the right work-life balance as a small business owner.
Episodes cover a wide variety of topics including startup, hiring, and sales. The difference here is that Tropical MBA examines how an entrepreneur can manage them from anywhere in the world.
3. Best Daily Updates: The $100 MBA
The $100 MBA is a great podcast if you’re looking for short, practical lessons about all aspects of business. New episodes come out nearly every weekday — they’re usually just 10 to 20 minutes long, making them perfect for commuting or breaks throughout the day.
Despite the short episode length, this podcast always provides some pointers for action. It covers not only basic business principles, but also more advanced topics like content marketing and social media advertising.
4. Best for Digital Marketers: The Digital Entrepreneur
The Digital Entrepreneur podcast is an older series on Rainmaker FM, and was created by the Digital Commerce Institute.
Although it hasn’t been updated in some time,it’s still a solid general business podcast. It covers all aspects of running an online enterprise: starting, operations, marketing, recruiting, and monetization. There’s also a strong focus on blogging, social media campaigns, and other digital marketing tactics. Note: The Digital Commerce Institute site also offers online entrepreneurship training.
5. Best for Self-improvement: The MFCEO Project
Andy Frisella started The MFCEO Project because he was sick of all the “fluff” in other podcasts.
It covers a wide variety of topics, but I’d classify it as a business mindset and psychology podcast. Unfortunately, the last episode was posted in December of 2019 but the advice is still relevant.
Most episodes focus on a specific subject that will make you re-examine how you look at business and success. If you keep an open mind and you’re willing to think critically about your overall assumptions, you will find it interesting.
6. Best for Current Events: TED Business
Everyone knows about TED talks, but did you know they have a weekly podcast focused just on business called TED Business?
You won’t get specific lessons in most episodes, but you will get motivated, and you’ll learn about technology that will be important in the future. This podcast often covers news, current trends, and other information that could be useful to entrepreneurs.
If you want to stay ahead of the curve, or just love thinking about new ways to create and run companies, it’s a great listen.
- Best Startup Focused Podcast: StartUp
- Most Comprehensive: Startups for the Rest of Us
- Most Inspiring: How I Built This
- Best Educational Resource: Mixergy
Startups are businesses after all, just a specific type. These podcasts focus on initiating and running innovative startups.
1. Best Startup Focused Podcast: StartUp
It’s an incredibly honest look at what it really takes to get started, behind the scenes of a real company(Gimlet).
To illustrate what I mean, there’s one episode where the host, Alex Blumberg, shares his pitch to legendary investor Chris Saaca. It’s an absolute trainwreck, but something that every entrepreneur can learn from.
As the episode goes on, Saaca shows Blumberg a better way to have pitched his idea. This example still sticks in my mind because I’ve never come across anything else so real and practical.
2. Most Comprehensive: Startups for the Rest of Us
Startups for the Rest of Us is hosted by Mike Taber and Rob Walling, two entrepreneurs who each run their own small concerns.
The most interesting thing about this show is how the hosts are able to talk to each other (as well as experts) about launching and growing startups, using their own real life examples.
3. Most Inspiring: How I Built This
How I Built This is an NPR podcast hosted by Guy Raz, who is one of the best interviewers I’ve ever heard.
In each episode, he interviews an entrepreneur of some sort and they dig into how they built their own business and made it successful.
The guests are incredible, from some of the world’s best-known companies. For example, Guy has interviewed the founders of Whole Foods, Airbnb, and Kickstarter.
4. Best Educational Resource: Mixergy
Want to learn how others built their businesses from the ground up? That’s what Mixergy is all about.
Andrew Warner interviews extremely successful entrepreneurs and goes into painstaking detail about how they got their start. These episodes regularly go over an hour, and they still have very little fluff.
- Most Informative: Indie Hackers
- Best for Thought Leaders: SaaStr Podcasts
- Best for Shopify: Masters: The Shopify Podcast
- Best Tutorials: EcomCrew
These podcasts focus on developing and growing software-based businesses. While their lessons can be applied generally, you’ll get the most out of it if software is your main focus.
1. Most Informative: Indie Hackers
Indie Hackers is a lot like Mixergy. Courtland Allen interviews founders to find out how they’ve grown their businesses, in great detail.
One difference is that the greater number of his interviews are with developers, and therefore the companies often involve software.
But the biggest difference is that while there are some big names on the podcast, he mostly interviews lesser-known founders of smaller concerns.
This is great if you’re just getting started and you’re looking for advice you can use.
2. Best for Thought Leaders: SaaStr Podcast
If you run a “software as a service” (SaaS) company, SaaStr Podcasts should be at the top of your list.
An interesting aspect of this podcast is that it features both owners and investors, so you see what a healthy software business looks like from both sides.
Most episodes focus on software for things like scaling, shipping, and hiring.
3. Best for Shopify: Masters: The Shopify Podcast
There aren’t too many business podcasts that focus on e-commerce, but Masters: The Shopify Podcast is a great one.
Felix Thea interviews a variety of successful e-commerce entrepreneurs, and pulls out practical lessons from their stories that you can apply yourself.
4. Best Tutorials: EcomCrew
The EcomCrew podcast is essentially a documentary. Grant and Mike share everything about their e-commerce business as they try to grow to $1,000,000 in revenue.
On top of that, they also bring on other successful e-commerce owners to share what has worked for them.
- Best Marketing-focused Podcast: Perpetual Traffic
- Best for New Income Stream: Smart Passive Income Podcast
- Best for Running Marketing Campaigns: Marketing for Owners
- Best for Bloggers: ProBlogger Podcast
- Best for Learning Automation: Autopilot Your Business
- Best for Public Relations: PR Is Dead
- Best for Content Marketers: Content Inc.
- Best for Social Media Managers: The Science of Social Media
Marketing is one of the toughest parts of running a successful business. These podcasts mainly focus on using online marketing to grow companies in a variety of ways.
1. Best Marketing-focused Podcast:Perpetual Traffic
Most episodes of the Perpetual Traffic podcast by DigitalMarketer focus on paid social traffic, and producing a positive return on investment from it.
The hosts interview real business owners to find out how they use digital marketing to acquire leads and turn them into customers.
If you’ve tried paid advertising (Facebook, AdWords, etc.) before but couldn’t quite find success, try listening to some of these episodes and try again.
2. Best for New Income Stream: Smart Passive Income Podcast
Pat Flynn has been experimenting with and teaching about passive income for years. He’s shifted a lot of attention from his blog to his Smart Passive Income podcast.
He’s always shared everything when it comes to his businesses and experiments, and you’ll learn a lot about marketing and finding opportunities to improve yours.
3. Best for Running Marketing Campaigns: Marketing for Owners
As the title suggests, the Marketing for Owners podcast focuses purely on marketing.
The twist is that the marketing is advice for small business owners who don’t want to, or can’t afford to, rely on others for marketing help.
If you have a great product, but are having trouble reaching enough customers, Warren Cass will be able to teach you a few key principles to give you the ability to grow your small company by yourself.
4. Best for Bloggers: ProBlogger Podcast
The ProBlogger Podcast is run by Darren Rowse, who’s quite well-known when it comes to blogging effectively.
If you’re struggling to connect with your target audience through your blog posts, he’ll be able to teach you a lot.
Most episodes focus on easily followed examples and case studies, with a focus on trying to grow your blog and make more money from it.
5. Best for Learning Automation: Autopilot Your Business
The title gives it away again. The Autopilot Your Business podcast focuses on automating different parts of your business to make more money and save time.
Most episodes revolve around marketing, specifically content.
If you’re looking to find the tools and strategies that expert marketers use to become more efficient, you should give Autopilot Your Business a try.
6. Best for Public Relations: PR is Dead
It would seem that anyone with any interest in public relations would know who Doyle Albee is. As the host of the PR is Dead podcast, he’s incredibly knowledgeable and experienced.
Contrary to the name of the podcast, he doesn’t think PR is dead, just that the way that most entrepreneurs do it is wrong.
Each episode focuses on a specific aspect of PR to help you get more press and customers for your company.
7. Best for Content Marketers: Content Inc.
Joe Pulizzi has been the leader of content marketing since it became popular. The Content Inc podcast is a crash course with episodes of about 10 minutes each. Each one focuses on one specific lesson or takeaway that you can apply to your situation right away.
Joe has no shortage of personal examples that he uses to illustrate his lessons in a simple way.
8. Best for Social Media Managers: The Science of Social Media
Social media can be tricky for small businesses. You know it’s out there, but you’re not exactly sure if it can be useful.
If that sounds like you, please give the Science of Social Media podcast a chance. It’s been superbly crafted by Buffer.
The hosts interview the best social media marketers from around the world and dig into practical tactics that will actually produce results.
- Best Celebrity Interviews: The Tim Ferriss Show
- Best for Brand Marketing: The GaryVee Audio Experience
- Best for Leaders: Lead to Win
These podcasts have some episodes dedicated to business, but I think their main benefit is inspiration. They will leave you excited to go to work.
23. Best Celebrity Interviews: The Tim Ferriss Show
Not only is The Tim Ferris Show usually ranked near #1 in the business category on Apple Podcasts, it’s usually close to the top overall. That speaks to how interesting it is to a wide audience.
You won’t find episodes that focus on specific business concepts. Instead, Ferriss speaks with the most interesting guests from all around the world — people that you won’t find on other podcasts like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Thiel, Malcolm Gladwell, and so many more.
So while there aren’t too many episodes that are just about commerce, you’ll learn a ton about success and important traits like leadership.
24. Best for Brand Marketing: The GaryVee Audio Experience
When it comes to entrepreneurship, Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the most well-known public personalities.
His podcast is essentially his YouTube series in audio form, which is great if you prefer listening to watching.
He’s a very stimulating speaker, and most would agree that he’s authentic. He cares about the content he puts out, and genuinely tries to help his listeners.
Most topics come straight from subscriber questions, and they tend to be marketing questions more than anything else.
25. Best for Leaders: Lead to Win™
Michael Hyatt is a world-renowned business and life coach.
More than anything, I would say that his Lead to Win podcast is also more of a motivational discussion. It will get you excited about your enterprise, which can in turn help you work harder and achieve better results.
Although the lessons are typically taught in the context of business, most will apply to other parts of your life as well.
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