Remember when you first learnt to spell ‘business’ and used to pronounce it phonetically as ‘busy-ness’ in order to recall the silent ‘i’ hidden away in there? No? Just me, then? Anyway, the point is, business and busy-ness go hand in hand. If you run your own business or are part of a small business team, chances are you’re very busy, a lot of the time. Consequently, there’s rarely any time left for professional development. What’s the chance you’ll ever read that book you got for your birthday three years ago? And forget about keeping up to date with developments in any other industry than your own. Unless, of course, you listen to marketing and business podcasts.

Podcasts can be an absolute godsend. If you listen to the radio or your favourite Spotify playlist at work, or on your commute, you can substitute this for a podcast. Gain some valuable insight instead.

Our (far from exhaustive) list of marketing and business podcasts is a collection of fun, entertaining, and ultimately useful podcasts. Some are specific to particular aspects of business and marketing. Others are just a great source of insight and a jolly good listen. In any event, chances are you’ll find something you like the look of (sound of?) below. And then you’ll be hooked!

Business Podcasts

To begin with, our first group of marketing and business podcasts to subscribe to are under the general business category. All the podcasts listed below explore the world of startups, entrepreneurship, and business opportunities.

This Week in Startups

Hosted by Jason Calacanis, This Week in Startups (the name’s a bit of a giveaway) looks at the world of startups. TWiS provides an insider’s view of developments in the tech industry. Joined by a changing weekly roster of industry experts, Calacanis explores the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories emerging from the world of startups. So, if you’re considering starting your own company, need strategies to help improve business or motivate your team, or simply want some industry insight, TWiS is a business podcast worth your time.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Entrepreneurs On Fire

As the title suggests, Entrepreneurs On Fire is a business podcast all about entrepreneurs at the top of their game. John Lee Dumas hosts the podcast, regularly interviewing some of the most globally celebrated entrepreneurs to inspire listeners on their personal entrepreneurial journeys. The podcast delivers lessons from the best in business, sharing actionable strategies from top entrepreneurs to help you fire up your own business activities. If you’re looking for business inspiration, this is a great marketing and business podcast to subscribe to.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

The Tim Ferriss Show

Best known for his 4-Hour book series (The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef), Tim Ferriss is an early-stage technology investor and advisor. His business podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, deconstructs world-class performers from a whole range of areas and sectors, such as investing, sports, business, and art, to name a few. His show explores the tools, tactics, and tricks these top-level individuals use to outperform everyone else in their respective fields. Listeners gain insight into books, routines, exercises, and time-management techniques for business and life in general. Certainly worth a listen.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify

Mixergy

Mixergy is the brainchild of Andrew Warner. This business podcast is ideal for ambitious startup founders and entrepreneurs looking to find out about and learn how to avoid the issues that can cripple early-stage businesses. Warner interviews proven entrepreneurs to establish their successes and failures in order to educate listeners about the biggest pitfalls founders and startups face, also offering solutions for listeners to apply to their own businesses. Effectively, the Mixergy podcast serves as the modern entrepreneur’s mentoring and educational programme.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts

Unemployable

Looking for advice and resources to help you succeed in business so you never even have to think about getting a regular job again? Take some time to listen to Brian Clark’s Unemployable podcast. A digital entrepreneur, Clark has started and run ten successful businesses. His podcast is aimed at helping small businesses, providing actionable strategies for ambitious freelancers and creative entrepreneurs. If you’re thinking about leaving the rat race and carving out your own path in business, then this podcast is for you.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

The Story Studio Podcast

Our next featured podcast is a little bit niche. If you’re a writer looking for advice and strategies to help you get published, avoiding traditional publishing routes, then The Story Studio Podcast is the one for you. Hosted by full-time authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt, this podcast explores everything related to getting your writing published. For aspiring authors, the business strategy and insight on offer in this podcast will help turn self-publishing from a side hustle into a full-time career.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Side Hustle School

Speaking of side hustles, the penultimate podcast in our business podcasts list is Side Hustle School with Chris Guillebeau. This daily show is pitched at anyone working a normal 9-5 job, but looking to supplement their income by launching a side project. Each episode showcases a different side-hustler’s story, delving into their challenges, pitfalls, and triumphs. As a source of anecdotal business insight, Side Hustle School is a great business podcast to subscribe to, if you’re willing to learn from others’ experiences.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn is the man behind Smart Passive Income, a marketing and business podcast that teaches proven strategies for running an online business and generating a passive income from it. Flynn offers his listeners online business and blogging strategies, income sources, and hand marketing tips, tricks, and advice to help create multiple passive income streams. If your goal in business is to have more time and freedom to enjoy life whilst still making money, you’ll want to subscribe to this podcast.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Social Media/Marketing Podcasts

So far, we’ve covered podcasts that are, predominantly, a source of business acumen. However, if it’s marketing knowledge, insight, and resources you’re looking for, the marketing podcasts listed below will not disappoint. Whether it’s social media marketing specifically or just general marketing strategy and advice from experienced entrepreneurs, these podcasts are a treasure trove of useful information. And an entertaining listen, too.

The Gary Vee Audio Experience

The first podcast on our social media marketing podcasts list barely needs any introduction. Love him or loathe him, Gary Vee has plenty to say on the subjects of marketing and business. For the uninitiated, Gary Vaynerchuk is CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency, and best known for his #AskGaryVee vlog. The GaryVee Audio Experience is a great example of repurposed content. Vaynerchuk shares elements of his various vlog episodes, business and marketing keynotes, and interviews, as well as original content created specifically for the podcast. Have a listen and make your own mind up.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify

Modern Marketing Engine

Originally known as The Social Business Engine podcast, the Modern Marketing Engine podcast explores how brands use social media across all business functions. Host Bernie Borges explores social media for marketing, sales, customer service, HR, product development, and commerce with an eclectic mix of guests (mostly CMOs). This is one of those marketing and business podcasts that can be used effectively as training material and marketing insight. As a result, it’s a great resource for early-stage startups.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Social Media Marketing Podcast

The next show on our list of social media marketing podcasts comes courtesy of Social Media Examiner’s Michael Stelzner. The Social Media Marketing Podcast is a treasure trove of insight, strategies, tactics, and actionable tips to help businesses better understand and improve their social media marketing. Stelzner’s podcast provides listeners with a range of social media marketing success stories, as well as interviews with leading social media marketing professionals. If you’re looking for social media marketing support, this podcast will give you an idea of the avenues to pursue.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Marketing School

The big names in digital marketing keep coming, and the Marketing School podcast doesn’t disappoint. Hosted by renowned SEO expert, Neil Patel and Eric Siu, entrepreneur, digital marketer and CEO of digital marketing agency, Single Grain, the Marketing School podcast is a great resource for anyone with an online business. Whether you have a new website or an established business, Patel and Siu use the podcast to educate listeners based on their own experiences of SEO, content marketing, social media, email marketing, conversion optimization and general online marketing. If you’re looking for actionable digital marketing tactics that work, subscribe to this podcast.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

The Janet Murray Show

Wrapping up our list of marketing and business podcasts is Janet Murray. Murray has built a successful online business through carefully considered marketing. Her social media marketing podcast, The Janet Murray Show, is aimed at helping small businesses do the same. In and amongst the interviews with entrepreneurs optimising social media marketing to generate leads and grow their business, you’ll find a wealth of practical marketing strategies to help you attract website traffic, grow email lists and social media followers, and get press coverage for your business. There’s plenty of digital marketing food for thought in this podcast.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

Interesting and Insightful Podcasts

Although not strictly marketing and business podcasts, the shows that follow are still a recommended listen. Professional development doesn’t always have to be industry-specific. It can be all to easy to adopt a very narrow point of view. For this reason, learning ‘outside’ of your industry that can have the greatest impact on your business. In fact, exploring something completely different and unrelated to the business norm tends to give you a better overall perspective. Certainly, you gain an appreciation of the bigger picture.

So, it’s with this in mind that we’ve collated some genuinely interesting and insightful podcasts for you to listen to. They may not technically be marketing and business podcasts, but they’ll certainly inform and inspire.

Freakonomics Radio

If you haven’t read the Freakonomics book, you should. But, given that time is at a premium, the Freakonomics Radio podcast is the next best thing. Stephen J. Dubner hosts this podcast, telling you ‘things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do)’. The podcast is quite a melting pot of interesting information on diverse subjects such as the economics of sleep. Including interviews with Nobel laureates, provocateurs, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs, this podcast is seriously inspiring.

The Writer Files

The Writer Files, hosted by Kelton Reid, studies the habits, habitats, and brains of renowned writers. Learn their secrets of productivity and creativity! Boasting a variety of interviews with bestselling authors, The Writer Files podcast showcases how great writers keep the ink flowing, the cursor moving, and avoid the dreaded block.

Good Life Project

We’ll keep this one simple. If you’re looking for ‘inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life’, listen to the Good Life Project podcast. It’s charming, life-affirming, and motivational.

Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend

Fancy some fun listening? Distract yourself with Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend. The premise of this podcast is simple. Conan realised that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Despite interviewing thousands of people, Conan has struggled to make lasting friendships. This podcast is his bid to do just that. It’s basically Conan O’Brien hanging out and having fun with people he enjoys spending time with.

10% Happier

Hosted by Dan Harris, 10% Happier started life as a book about meditation. Then it became an app, and now has found life as a podcast. In it, Harris discusses whether ‘an ambitious person can still strive for enlightenment’. He interviews a range of knowledgable experts from all walks of life. A big question to ask in an ever-increasingly busy, 24/7 world.

TED Talks Daily

Wrapping up our collection of marketing and business podcasts for startups is TED Talks Daily. Basically, this is TED Talks on-the-go. Listen to thought-provoking ideas on pretty much any subject, delivered by world-leading thinkers and entrepreneurs. Inspiration and motivation can be found in the unlikeliest of places. Equally, it might just be found here, on this podcast.

Start Your Own Marketing and Business Podcast

Hopefully, this rundown of marketing and business podcasts has inspired you to take action. Podcasts are a quick and easy way to share and learn.

With this in mind, why not start your own business podcast? Take inspiration from the examples above, get yourself some free music for marketing, and just go for it. Alternatively, watch this space for our very own Social INK digital marketing podcast.

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Gareth Alvarez
Gareth Alvarez

Gareth, Social INK’s Head of Content (sometimes playfully referred to as ‘spellcheck’), just adores words. He’s written copy for ads, websites, and blogged extensively. Content marketing is his bag. He loves getting creative with his writing.