How can you stay up to date and inspired when you’re working your arse off all the time? For me, it’s business and entrepreneurial podcasts. 

When I’m office based, I can usually count on a 2-hour daily commute. Historically I’ve used this time for reading, but a few months ago I started to get a bit travel sick and so had to stop. What else was I going to do to stave off boredom and make use of these chunks of “wasted” time? Well, I discovered the joy of podcasts. I’d always listened to them in the house while working from home but wasn’t making the most out of them for my business. 

So when I was awarded all this extra time, I decided to make it my business catch up time (with a few breaks for the odd comedy podcast like Richard Herring & Nerdist of course). I work in digital media so online business and marketing are my chosen subjects but to be honest, my recommended podcasts have something for everyone. 

Here are my top 5 business podcasts: 

  1. Foundation – video interviews with inspirational entrepreneurs
  2. Happy Monday – relaxed podcast with UK and US based hosts interviewing really interesting people
  3. Smart Passive Income – extremely valuable information on running your online business and importantly, how to monetise your activity
  4. Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield – great for anyone who works in marketing. Amy herself is so easy to listen to and her guests really interesting and useful
  5. Internet Marketing Insider – Kelvin of BrightonSEO fame shares his advice for internet marketing. Very much like the conference, his podcasts are informative and simple without being simplistic 

If you’re unsure how all this downloading of podcast business works, the lovely Emma Cossey has created this video to help you out: 

I’ve been so inspired by these podcasts that I’ve started my own to share some of the things I’ve learned about digital media. It’s a great way to share your knowledge and connect with like minded individuals. As a freelancer this is vital for me, listening to podcasts gives me a connection with peers and helps me to stay ahead of industry news without feeling overwhelmed. 

NB: If you’re interested in starting your own podcast, either to support your blog or business a great place to go for advice is Podcast Answer Man

How do you stay ahead in your industry? Do you have any top tips for keeping up or even better – your own business podcast recommendations!? 

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