In a sea of business podcasts, which ones are worth a listen? We share our faves for impactful insights and usable small business advice.
Podcasts make it easy to source business guidance and keep tabs on the latest insights. But with millions to choose from, finding those that are useful can be tricky. Fortunately, here at Crowdz, we’re big fans of podcasts. Not only do they satisfy our entrepreneurial taste for multitasking, but the best ones offer practical tips on increasing revenue, marketing, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and more. In this article, we’re revealing seven stream-worthy favorites that can turn your typical commute into a real opportunity for learning. Get ready to tune in.
Recommended for: Actionable tips to improve your marketing
Host: Michael Stelzner, founder and CEO of Social Media Examiner, founder of Social Media Marketing World, author, and social media savant
What to expect: Interviews and insights that can help you level up your social game. Some of the names you’ll spot on the roster include master of influence Robert Cialdini, decision-making expert James Clear, and Instagram whiz Sue B. Zimmerman.** Topics range from enhancing organic social activities to storytelling frameworks that drive sales to low-cost Facebook and YouTube strategies.
Podcast: Duct Tape Marketing
Recommended for: Practical, small-business focused tactics
Host: John Jantsch, author, speaker, and marketing consultant
What to expect: Not only does ****host ****John Jantsch specialize in small business marketing, he also has a knack for booking guests with tips you can run with each week. Take cutting through the noise with personal one-to-one gifting or using chat features to add a human element to virtual events, for example. There are heartfelt bits, too, like practicing gratitude to contrast any negative biases blocking you from joy.
Podcast: The Mind Your Business Podcast
Recommended for: Unlocking your inner digital CEO****
Host: James Wedmore, internet entrepreneur, founder of Video Traffic Academy, and Business By Design
What to expect: James Wedmore believes harnessing your brainpower equals increased performance, better business, and a happier life. We agree. Learn how to tackle your hang-ups from brain health experts, the secrets to making more money with less effort, and manifesting techniques. The host even spills the tea on his team’s latest high-performing launch so you can take advantage of all their learnings.
Recommended for: Tangible business takeaways on a variety of topics
Hosts: Wailin Wong, business journalist and producer. Shaun Hildner, video producer and animator.
What to expect: The minds behind project tool Basecamp have found another way to help you run your business with REWORK. The podcast features stories from small business owners that won big by embracing bootstrapping, staying small, and growing slow. If you are already a fan of Basecamp, you’ll enjoy going behind the scenes with co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. The duo even plans to dive into their bestselling playbook REWORK in future episodes.
Podcast: She Did It Her Way
Recommended for: Picking the brains of female entrepreneurs who are killing it
Host: Amanda Boleyn, founder and CEO
What to expect: Featured in publications like Inc.com, Entrepreneur, and Forbes, the podcast shines a light on inspiring businesswomen and how to work smarter. Think of it as real table talk with content creators, marketing mentors**,** business coaches, and YouTube strategists. On top of that, Amanda dishes out personal insights on email list building, hiring, branding, and so much more.
Podcast: Side Hustle Pro
Recommended for: Ambitious side hustlers looking to grow
Host: Nicaila Matthews Okome, podcaster and entrepreneur
What to expect: All the motivation you need to grow your side passion into a profitable and meaningful business from a group of inspiring women of color. Guests profiled for their stories and wisdom include a popcorn maker, stock trader, and even former First Lady Michelle Obama’s hairstylist. Host Nicaila also draws lessons and encouragement from her experience of leaving her job at NPR to build her own business.
Podcast: How I Built This with Guy Raz
Recommended for: An honest look at what the ride to the top **looks like for entrepreneurs
Host: Guy Raz, journalist, correspondent, and “one of the most popular podcasters in history” according to The New York Times
What to expect: Ever wonder what it really took to build some of the world’s best-known companies? How I Built This with Guy Raz pulls the curtain back on some of the most interesting success stories. Learn how businesswoman Roxanne Quimby made beeswax a thing with Burt’s Bees, what it took for Philip Krim to go from dorm-room twin to launching Casper, and Bobbi Brown’s journey to beauty powerhouse.
Podcast: The Gary Vee Audio Experience
Recommended for: Tell-it-like-it-is advice that leaves you pumped
Host: Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee), VaynerMedia CEO, author, public speaker, social media guru, and internet personality
What to expect: The serial entrepreneur wears many hats and never sugar coats, two qualities small business owners can appreciate. Think of him as your personal Mickey Goldmill dispensing tough love and energy to fire you up—perfect for a mid-week slump. Look forward to consumer-centric, hustle-hard ideas from Gary like, “If you care more about the end consumer than you care about your own self, you will win.”