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The Top 5 Business Inspired Podcasts You Should Listen to

Ever thought about starting your own business? Tempted to turn your hobby into a money-making-machine? Or maybe you’ve already taken the plunge and got your business plan off the ground…

Whatever your aspirations are, there’s no denying that entrepreneurship can be a daunting and lonely place sometimes. The good news is, there are plenty of people who’ve lived it and learned it way before you, so why not learn from their successes – and even their failures  – before giving it a go yourself.

And thanks to the beauty of technology, you don’t have to trawl through the library or spend hours surfing the web to get the best nuggets of advice. There are thousands of free business-related podcasts out there that you can listen to whenever and wherever you are.

We’ve rounded up five of our favourites that are worth adding to your podcast library:

  1. Secret Leaders

Having just released its third season, Secret Leaders has had over a million downloads since launching in 2017 and is the ultimate antidote to boring business talk. Each episode features an interview with one of the biggest business minds of the moment – previous guests have included Jo Malone CBE, Holly Tucker from Not On The High Street, and even HRH The Duke of York. Producer Rich Martell and host Dan Murray-Serter are both accomplished entrepreneurs in their own right, so aren’t afraid to grill their guests. The series aims to deep dive into the untold and unfiltered stories behind each guest’s brand and their personal lives, without glossing over the epic fails or the storms weathered along the way.

Listeners can subscribe now, as well as listen to series one and two of Secret Leaders on its website, iTunes and Spotify.

  1. The Tim Ferriss Show

If building up your skillset is high on your agenda, then this podcast is a great place to start. Featuring guests from an eclectic range of industries – spanning investment, sport, art and performance, Ferris extracts the exact tools, tactics and routines that have contributed to their success and can, in turn,  enhance your own performance. Previous guests have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James and Jamie Foxx – unearthing everything about them, from their morning routine to their favourite books.

Listeners can subscribe now, as well as listen to The Tim Ferris Show on its iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.

  1. FT Start-Up Stories

The Financial Times is a true business bible and this series sees business education correspondent Jonathan Moules speak to entrepreneurs on key issues like building a successful brand, securing investment funding and what to do when it all goes wrong. Moules’ passion for inspiring and educating the next generation of business leaders is clear throughout – and with a stellar back-catalogue of guests including Julie Deane from the Cambridge Satchel Company, Peter Mühlmann, founder of Trustpilot and Michelle You, founder of Songkick – it’s a one stop shop for all the inspiration you could possibly need.

Listeners can subscribe now, as well as listen to FT Start-up Stories on its website, iTunes, and Spotify.

  1. Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

After founding her global fashion brand Nasty Gal in 2008, Sophia Amoruso was named one of the richest self-made women in the world by Forbes in 2016 – however, after stepping down as the company’s CEO, Nasty Gal later filed for bankruptcy – decimating Amoruso’s fortune. However, quick to move onto her next venture, she launched Girlboss Media in 2017, creating a range of content geared towards women, including the podcast, Girlboss Radio. Each episode sees Amoruso interview boundary-pushing women who’ve made their mark – tackling a range of issues from self-care and handling anxiety, through to reinventing yourself and the art of being unapologetic. If you’re after a frank, honest and often hilarious view of the business world from a woman’s perspective then this is the podcast for you.

Listeners can subscribe now, as well as listen to Girlboss Radio on its website, iTunes and Spotify.

  1. Entrepreneurs on Fire

Founded by John Lee Dumas – or JLD as he calls himself – Entrepreneurs on Fire was created specifically with the aim of helping budding entrepreneurs succeed. Since launching in 2012, JLD has interviewed more than 2,000 business founders including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran and Tim Ferriss. His interviews cover a range of topics, but each episode sees the guests grilled on 3 key points: their worst entrepreneurial moment, their biggest lessons learned and what JLD calls their ‘AH-HA moment’.

Listeners can subscribe now, as well as listen to Entrepreneurs on Fire on its website, iTunes and Spotify.

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