I started listening to podcasts regularly while I was pregnant with Adelaide as a way to get my news in while working out each morning (and at 10 weeks pregnant, working out often meant just stretching on the yoga mats while the gym daycare played with my 10 month old). Various BBC shows became the soundtrack to my workouts and daily walks and I loved being informed without making time to read the paper each morning (because lets be serious, I was too busy with morning sickness). I bought into the medium of podcasts and loved that I could turn something like waiting in a drive thru (macdonalds hashbrowns were my #1 pregnancy craving) or getting dressed into a chance to learn.
It wasn’t until six months ago when Adelaide was born that I discovered entrepreneur podcasts and the addiction began. Amy Porterfield got me through many a late night feed and I would hold Adelaide a few minutes after she had gone to sleep just to finish the episode of Boss Mom.
Now that things are back to a more regular schedule around here my podcasts come with me to the gym and keep me company while editing photos or scheduling social media. On a week to week basis I won’t catch all the new episodes from each of these podcasts (especially the daily ones) but I listen to one or two of them each day.
Twice a week
Jenna’s energy is fabulous and I love getting a bit of insight into her journey from small town wedding photographer to million dollar launches of her online classes. Plus, the people she interviews are fabulous and the episodes always leave me excited to do more.
Twice a week
Reina and Christina have been killing it with this podcast for creative entrepreneurs. They do a good job keeping things relevant and regardless of the niche of entrepreneur being interviewed, I always learn something.
P.S. You’ll also just want to hang out with these two and talk shop after you listen to their podcast. I day dream that the three of us are just BFFs on a regular basis.
Amy Porterfield sets up each of her episodes like a mini-training and they are always PACKED with value. She specializes in digital products but a lot of the episodes can be applied to anyone using social media to market their products.
Regular segments once a week with special episodes on Fridays
Dana and MJ are quirky and hilarious and I love their candid conversations about growing a business and family. I particularly like the Nurture Your Business segments Dana does on Friday. I find these episodes a bit more conversational than, say, something from Amy Porterfield, and that was a bit frustrating for me during the first few but I’ve learned a lot and now enjoy the more personal exchanges been Dana and MJ as well.
Once or twice a week
This podcast always has me wanting to start a photography business! But, as a non-photographer (well, as a non-traditional-photographer… my job is mostly photography+styling+writing and the business model is very different), I love figuring out how their business strategies apply to different industries. I enjoy some of the more technical episodes (like a recent one about the 7 Deadly Sins of Post-Production) but for other creative entrepreneurs who aren’t photographers, I think its still a great listen.
Daily episodes (20-30 minutes)
JLD interviews top entrepreneurs seven days a week in short and sweet segments. I love that he presses his guests for actionable tips and my favorite is always the lightning round where he asks each guest to answer a series of rapid fire questions like “What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?” “If you could recommend one book what would it be and why?” and my favorite, “What is one personal habit that contributes to your success?”
It’s this podcast that really has me excited about waking up earlier and making sleep a priority (although I’m still working on getting to bed early enough for both of those to work).
A few times a week (with special 5 minute Friday episodes)
Lewis Howes is a pro athlete turned lifestyle entrepreneur and while a lot of the guests on the shower are former professional athletes who I wouldn’t usually expect to relate to or look to for entrepreneurial guidance, the takeaways are always great and I like the insight into other industries.
These are ones I’m subscribed to and either just started or haven’t gotten into much but enjoy. …
- The Suitcase Entrepreneur
- The Business Bites Podcast
- The Lively Show
- The Smart Passive Income Podcast
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