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The 14 Best Business Podcasts

For every type of grind

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There are two types of people when it comes to making use of some unexpected free time: the kind who falls into the trap of mindless scrolling, couch-napping and binge-watching and the opposite who makes the most of a week by staying motivated and working toward their goals. Since you’re reading ONE37pm right now, we’d venture to guess that you fall into the latter category. Props.

 

If you’re keeping up your grind from home or looking for the inspiration you need to finally launch that side hustle, some of the best stories, advice and real-world tips for killing it in business are just a listen away on these top podcasts. And while there are so many entertaining and informative pods to choose from (can you tell we’re obsessed?), we’ve ranked the best of the best—from the most interesting for the already CEOs to the most useful for the business beginners ready to put their dreams into action. Take a look.

Best Podcast Interviews with Successful Entrepreneurs

14. ‘How I Built This with Guy Raz’

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Apple

This NPR-produced podcast hosted by journalist Guy Raz offers firsthand accounts of the world’s most game-changing companies and innovations. Each episode features a one-on-one interview with an entrepreneur, from the founder of Wikipedia to Michael Dell (yes, of Dell computers), in which they share the real stories, struggles and triumphs behind their success. If you want an in-depth look at how your favorite brand or product came to be, give this one a listen.

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13. ‘Art of the Hustle’

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Jeff Rosenthal, cofounder of the exclusive Summit series for creators, takes a conversational (and humorous) approach to hosting entrepreneurs on the quarterly pod by iHeartRadio and WeWork. The podcast is always an easy and enjoyable listen, featuring guests like Dollar Shave Club’s Michael Dubin and RxBar’s Peter Rahal, who touch on a range of topics exploring their approach to growing their million-dollar ventures. Most episodes feel like a coffee (or happy hour) catchup with your casual genius friend.

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12. Mixergy - Startup Stories

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Apple

We’re ranking Mixergy as the highest among the interview-focused podcasts not only because of how expansive its archive is (over 1,900 episodes to date) but also because of host Andrew Warner’s unabashed ability to ask difficult questions in order to dig deep into the journeys of business founders and leaders. We also love Mixergy’s diverse range of guests who are making waves in all sorts of unique industries, from cybersecurity to cryptocurrency to gaming. And you’re always sure to get something out of it. As one reviewer said, “Andrew is honestly one of the best in the biz at expertly extracting [the] bits of gold that listeners are looking for.”

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Best Podcasts for Actionable Advice

11. ‘Entrepreneurs on Fire’

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For those who enjoy hearing from real entrepreneurs but want some solid directives to glean from their success stories, Entrepreneurs on Fire combines the best of both worlds. Host John Lee Dumas chats with CEOs and thought leaders, and each episode discusses a concept or strategy that’s worked for them. Some recent episodes include “How to Launch & Scale Your Expertise with Nick Unsworth” and “How to Become ‘Data Rich’ and 10x Your Business with Data with AJ Yager & Meaghan Connell.” The lingo and ideas are a bit high-level, so it’s recommended for those who are already familiar with the ins and outs of the business landscape.

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10. ‘BiggerPockets Business Podcast’

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Apple

The BiggerPockets Business Podcast has practical content that is accessible for newbies. Hosts J and Carol Scott were once everyday corporate managers when they left their careers to launch their own house-flipping business, so they know what people who might not have formal training want to learn from entrepreneurs who are already doing the damn thing—without any lofty language.

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9. ‘Online Marketing Made Easy’

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If you’re already deep in the trenches of running your own business or work in digital marketing, tune in with pro Amy Porterfield, who hosts Online Marketing Made Easy. There are over 300 episodes live right now, a selection that features a mix of masterclass tips from Porterfield, strategies you can apply right now (like, 6 MUST DO Action Items to Make Magic Between Launches), interviews with experts and some inspiring pep talks. Listeners have recently raved about episode 305, “Why Overnight Success Is a Myth.”

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8. ‘The $100 MBA Show’

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No MBA? No problem. Let Omar Zenhom, the award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and host of this straightforward podcast, be your teacher. You won’t find any long-winded backstories here, just plenty of fluff-free lessons for modern business leaders and beginners alike (that’s why each episode is only around 15 minutes long). We love that Zenholm offers real-world advice on things business owners deal with every day, like difficult customers, how many support agents you really need and when the best time to send out your newsletter is.

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7. ‘Youpreneur’

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Calling all aspiring influencers: If you’re not only interested in building a company, but also a personal brand, this pod is a must-listen. British entrepreneur, bestselling author and international keynote speaker Chris Ducker offers smart, easily-digestible advice on what you need to do—no matter your hustle. From ways to monetize your podcast to how to write your first book, Ducker gives you his secrets in bites that are mostly under 20 minutes. The only asset you need to get started is, well, you!

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The Best Podcasts for Beginning Side Hustles

6. ‘Side Hustle School’

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Apple

If you’ve been thinking about starting a little something on the side during your commute to a cubicle, this daily podcast will inspire you to finally take that chance. Chris Guillebeau, the bestselling author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit, shares the stories of real people and the side hustles that changed their lives, like the barista who turned a coffee blog into an $8,000 per month copywriting career or the music teacher who quit her job to earn $100,000 on Fiverr. Additionally, he answers some relevant questions from listeners, like “Should I pay someone to build my website?” and “Where do I begin if I want to create an app?”

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5. ‘Smart Passive Income’

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You don’t need to create a billion-dollar tech startup to earn major dough. According to Pat Flynn of The Smart Passive Income blog and pod, all you need are a few different revenue streams. The best and perhaps the easiest way to create those are through online businesses. Through interviews with pros and mapped-out strategies from Flynn, listeners can learn how to tap into niche markets, build authority online and make use of all the digital marketing opportunities at their disposal. The goal? Eventually, build something that makes money while you sleep.

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4. ‘The Side Hustle Show’

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“Because your 9-to-5 may make you a living, your 9-to-5 makes you alive.” That’s the tagline of Nick Loper’s The Side Hustle Show, which we’ve ranked the highest here because it offers the most direct and actionable advice that could be applied to side businesses in any industry. Episodes range from covering the basics (7 Key Steps to Start and Grow Side Hustle) to advice on when to hire an assistant and how to manage your product flow. And if you’re not even sure what kind of side hustle you’d be interested in, don’t worry—Looper has an entire episode with ideas.

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The Best Inspirational Podcasts

3. RISE Podcast

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Look at some of the world’s most successful people and you’ll find that it’s not just business acumen that sets them apart—it’s their entire outlook on life. Rachel Hollis’s RISE podcast is a great place to start when it comes to understanding and embracing the habits, mindsets and perspectives of leaders who’ve risen above the norm. Glean confidence-boosting wisdom from Hollis’s diverse guests or get the kick-in-the-butt motivation you need from her solo shows. No matter where you’re at in your career journey, everyone can benefit from being urged to “Stop Procrastinating!

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2. The GaryVee Audio Experience

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Of course, the guru of grind himself, Gary Vaynerchuk, aka GaryVee, has a podcast. One of his most prevailing pieces of advice, after all, is that you can always make more content, and on The GaryVee Audio Experience, you’ll find a compilation of some of his best. His honest, no-BS insight comes through in every episode, whether it’s a motivational keynote he’s given, one of his #AskGaryVee editions, a segment from his #WeeklyVee video series or a chat with a fellow innovator. You’ll definitely pick up some solid, applicable branding tactics and business strategy. Even more importantly, you’ll take away some life advice that is sure to fire you up, from overcoming the self-judgment holding you back to being dedicated to living life on your own terms. Boom.

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1. The Tim Ferriss Show

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We’re sure you’re familiar with Tim Ferriss, the legendary entrepreneur and author behind the concept of “The 4-Hour Workweek.” Most of the over 400 episodes highlight a world-class performer killin’ it in their field, ranging from CEOs (including longtime Disney CEO Bob Iger just before stepping down) to chess players, scientists, sports stars and even burlesque icon Dita Von Teese. While it’s not a straightforward “business” podcast per se, the fact that it extracts teachable lessons and big ideas from unexpected places makes it the best listen for anyone who wants to disrupt the business world.

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