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17 Essential Podcasts for the Creative Entrepreneur

As a creative entrepreneur, one of the best tools in your toolbox is a strong community that you can learn from and place to draw on the experience of others. However, often times we can be so overwhelmed with who to listen to or where to look for the advice we need to take our businesses to the next level. That’s where podcasts come in!

Below is a list, in no particular order, of some of our favorite podcasts for the creative entrepreneur. These incredible hosts have gone through the trouble of sorting through the muss and the fuss and finding those true gems of wisdom. They interview successful creative business owners, entrepreneurs, and all around bosses to get the best advice neatly laid out for you to listen to while running errands, cooking dinner, or simply taking some personal time to unwind.

Hope you enjoy these shows and find them helpful on your journey as a creative entrepreneur. Let us know what some of your favorites are in the comments below!

Being Boss

Being Boss is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side-hustlers, whether you’re wanting to quit your day job or have been your own boss for a while now. Authors and “business besties” Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon dig into the mindset, habits, routines, boundaries, branding, marketing tactics, business strategies, systems, and processes that help you make money doing what you love. Join them as we interview bosses such as Brené Brown, Brooke Castillo, Marie Forleo, Ramit Sethi, Danielle LaPorte, Chalene Johnson, Mike Michalowicz of Profit First, Melissa Hartwig of Whole30, and more!

Listen here: Being Boss

The Goal Digger Podcast

How do I build my dream job? How do I make money online? Am I ready to leave my 9 to 5? How can I create passive income? How can I grow my Instagram following? And the biggest question of all, can I really turn my passion into profits? If you are struggling with these questions, then it’s time for you to jump into the Goal Digger Podcast where they will answer ALL of these questions and so much more! Week after week, host Jenna Kutcher brings you the productivity tips, social media strategies, business hacks, and inspirational stories that can help YOU design your dream career. Jenna shares tangible tips and hacks that she used to become a self-made millionaire in photography, online courses, Instagram sponsorships, and navigating the world of being a #girlboss social media influencer. Along with sharing her best-kept secrets, she interviews the best in the industry (Amy Porterfield, Jamie Ivey, Melyssa Griffin, Lori Harder, Cathy Heller and so much more) who will share their secrets to ensure you are seen, heard, (and hired!) With millions of downloads and counting, the Goal Digger Movement is growing every day and now it’s YOUR TURN to hear from the experts, get inspired, and tackle your biggest goals along the way.

Listen here: The Goal Digger Podcast

Creative Pep Talk

Creative Pep Talk helps you build a thriving creative career. Andy J. Pizza is here to help you find your creative gift, develop it, and connect it to the audience that needs it most. Creative Pep Talk will put the pep in your step that you need to keep going and find your creative career breakthrough. Through talks filled with bizarre analogies and Fraggle Rock references, and interviews with top creative professionals, Dr. Pizza is ready to PEP YOU UP!

Listen here: Creative Pep Talk

The Influencer Podcast

The Influencer Podcast is an innovative podcast that explores the secrets behind the ever-changing trends of influencer marketing and the careers of today’s top social influencers. Hosted by marketing strategist, New York Times best-selling publicist and influencer Julie Solomon, Julie and guests join in the conversation to share how they engage, persuade, and grow their unique influence, and how their work impacts the influencer industry.

Listen here: The Influencer Podcast

The Strategy Hour Podcast

Get actionable strategies and killer marketing tips to grow your creative business inside The Strategy Hour podcast. Say goodbye to the “side-hustle” mindset and hello to getting paid (and paid well) to do what you love. Your hosts Abagail Pumphrey and Emylee Williams from Think Creative Collective share all the ins and outs of their experience growing a successful 6-figure online business. You’ll hear from some pretty amazing entrepreneurs like David Siteman Garland of the Rise to the Top, Nathan Barry of ConvertKit, Natalie Franke of the Rising Tide Society, and Ankur Nagpal of Teachable. These in-depth interviews go straight to the meat and potatoes (a.k.a. Actionable steps you can take away and use in your business today). Their episodes cover a wide range of topics, including growing an online audience, email automation, diversifying your products and offers, generating more sales online, social media, outsourcing, affiliate marketing, productivity, systems, and how to treat your passion like the real business it is. It’s time to become a total creative BOSS!

Listen here: The Strategy Hour Podcast

Creative Class

Kaleigh Moore and Paul Jarvis talk about all things related to the business of freelancing. They’re talking clients, pricing, landing projects, getting paid, managing revisions (endless revisions), finding clients and connecting with them in a way that feels right for you. If you’re like most freelancers, it’s the business stuff that keeps you awake at night, not the actual writing, programming, or designing. That’s where the Creative Class podcast comes in. Kaleigh and Paul have over 20 years of combined experience freelancing with some of the biggest names and companies in the world, including Microsoft, Yahoo, and Mercedes-Benz. Their work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, LifeHacker, USAToday, Newsweek and more.

Listen here: Creative Class

Ace Talks

Ace Talks is a no BS, no-holds-barred, completely #unfiltered interview show where they discuss all aspects of life no matter how messy or chaotic. From relationships and romance to failures and F-yah’s and career and self-care – they uncover ways to both help you live your best life and understand that you aren’t alone when it comes to your frustrations and celebrations. A curated collection of vulnerable, real stories from women who inspire them on the daily. Ace Talks is the definition of real talk for real women, powered by The Ace Class and hosted by Mandy Balak.

Listen here: Ace Talks

Badass Creatives

Do you believe that art, creativity, innovation, and kindness can change the world? If you answered “Heck yeah!” then this is the podcast for you. Badass Creatives is hosted by Mallory Whitfield and features marketing and business advice for creatives, as well as interviews with a diverse range of handmade artists, performers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs. Based in New Orleans, Mallory is an artist, speaker, and author of How to Make Money at Craft Shows. By day, she works in digital marketing, specializing in SEO (search engine optimization), social media, and content marketing.

Listen here: Badass Creatives

Creative Biz Rebellion

Kelly from Hello World Paper Co. & Stamps and Caroline from Caroline Creates are two product-based biz owners who want to connect with and help other product-based business owners. The product based business world is shrouded in mystery… why? Why is it so easy to get information about starting a service-based business, but when you ask people questions about their product based business they run and hide? That’s dumb. When we lift each other up we not only help someone else’s business, we learn things along the way, and we help the industry grow! There is plenty of room for everyone! So come and join Kelly and Caroline as they help you filter through the crap to help you totally rock your product based business! After all, creativity is the ultimate rebellion!

Listen here: Creative Biz Rebellion

Beyond the To Do List

Learn how to choose the right projects, tasks, and goals in work and life. Go Beyond the To-Do List! This show will help you do that with conversations with the people behind the productivity. Erik Fisher talks with real people who practically implement productivity strategies in their professional and personal lives. These episodes will have you refreshed and inspired after hearing how others fail and succeed at daily productivity and be inspired and instructed on how to move forward yourself.

Listen here: Beyond the To Do List

The Fizzle Show

The Fizzle Show provides listeners with weekly insights for online business builders and small business owners earning a living doing something they care about. They focus on modern business essentials, self-employment, motivation, productivity, audience growth, blogging, podcasting, content marketing, and work-life balance, among other things!

Listen here: The Fizzle Show

On Brand

On Brand is a podcast for brand builders, by brand builders hosted by Nick Westergaard of Brand Driven Digital. Each weekly episode features an in-depth interview with a branding thought leader or a practitioner from a notable brand. Their conversations focus on the art and science of branding today while including actionable insights and tips that listeners can implement right away. Most weeks they also publish a short 5-minute Social Sound Bite with the latest social media and digital marketing news, trends, and tips.

Listen here: On Brand

After the Jump

Design blogger Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge takes her love for art and design from the web to radio. Through a series of interviews with designers, store owners and up-and-coming members of the creative community, Grace will delve deeper into the world of independent artists. From exploring the day-to-day lives of contemporary makers to discussing the challenges they face, After the Jump will take the conversation off the screen and into real life. Grace has a unique angle on the industry, having worked as a contributing editor at Domino, House & Garden, and Craft magazines, and as a freelancer with top publications like New York Home, Food and Wine, In Style, Better Homes and Gardens, New York Magazine, CITY Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Archinect, The New York Post, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and others. In addition, she wrote a weekly design column for the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years and has worked as Style Editor of HGTV’s Ideas Magazine. She is also the author of Design Sponge at Home.

Listen here: After the Jump

The Creative Empire™ Podcast

Each week, Reina + Christina bring you up close with the influencers you dream of meeting at conferences and workshops, but maybe don’t have a budget to attend yet. Sprinkled in between these are teaching episodes, and mentoring that walks listeners through common problems with solutions during their early days of business.

Listen here: The Creative Empire™ Podcast

Make It Happen

Make It Happen is a podcast for big-hearted creatives who are ready to build an impactful, fulfilling, and sustainable creative life. Brought to you by Jen Carrington, a creative coach, this podcast is for you if you’re ready to make things happen in your creative work and life on your own terms, in your own way, and by your own rules every step of the way.

Listen here: Make It Happen

Design Life

Design Life is a podcast about design and side projects for motivated creators. It was born after your hosts, two serial side project addicts, saw a gap in the podcast market for a conversational show about design and the issues young creatives face, that was hosted by two females. This show aims to tackle the big issues designers face like getting paid, overcoming a creative block or managing time, to name a few. Hosts Charli Prangley and Femke van Schoonhoven want to open up discussion about things they wish they heard people talk about when they were studying, and they want to chat to you about the joys and the frustrations of working in the tech industry by day, and on your passion projects in the rest of your waking hours. They hope that by doing so, Design Life will give you a dose of motivation or inspiration when you need it.

Listen here: Design Life

The Accidental Creative

The Accidental Creative podcast shares how to build practical, everyday practices that help you stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy in life and work. Host Todd Henry (author of the books The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) interviews artists, authors, and business leaders, and offers tips for how to thrive in life and work.

Listen here: The Accidental Creative

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