5 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs That Are Worth Your Time

best podcasts for entrepreneurs

I’ve become quite a fan of audio content recently as it’s pretty convenient, encouraging and gives the chance to build a connection with the host by listening to his voice and stories. Not to mention it’s totally free and accessible. So I decided to share the best podcasts for entrepreneurs which I believe every aspiring business person should check out regularly.

Business podcasts are usually hosted by a really cool person, who’s on his journey to the ideal lifestyle, makes passive income, creates products that make a difference out there, build connections and is a hustler.

But the most popular shows in the niche are interviews between successful people, talking about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, digital businesses, or any type of business really.

You can hear the mistakes these passionate, hard-working individuals have made early on so that you can avoid them, you can steal creative ideas that you can apply to the way you do business and thus try a new approach.

These people have the experience, knowledge, ambition and vision, and are expressing it in a beautiful way through podcasting.

So here are the best podcasts for entrepreneurs and anyone who needs a motivation boost to stay focused on his goals and take things to the next level in life and business:

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

Now, the shows I share in this list aren’t in any particular order. And some include personal development and life advice too, like this one.

But as it’s almost always on top of iTunes, and because of the incredible value shared in each episode and the world-class guests, it will be number one here too.

I’m a big fan of Tim Ferriss and everything he’s done so far. Here’s not the place to talk about him, so I’ll focus on the show.

The idea of the podcast is to deconstruct people who are the best in something (or have hacked and succeed in many fields) and find what they do differently, their secret tactics and the right mindset that helped them achieve such massive success, which makes each episode of the show super practical for listeners. That’s why it’s between 1-4 hours, sometimes divided into 2 parts. When you have smart people having a conversation, there’s a lot to talk about.

You can hear child prodigies, investors, billionaires, marketers, teachers of Buddhist thinking, authors, Olympic Gold medalists, athletes, directors, neuroscientists, entrepreneurs, computer hackers, and more.

They talk about optimal living, 10x-ing your results in anything, being mindful, artificial intelligence, startups, books, hacking the human body, government secrets, existential questions, better performance through chemistry, and so on.

The least this podcast can do for you, it to remind you of the human potential lying within, to show you that if others are using more of their powers and brain than the average person, so can you.

Some episodes to start with:

  • Meet “Scorpion,” The Real-Life Santa Claus – that’s an extraordinary and controversial one and will definitely challenge what you think is possible in life and the phrase ‘money can buy anything’. The guest is Walter O’Brien, an Irish national coding champion with an IQ of 197, who now fixes problems for governments, Fortune 500 companies and billionaires.

2. The Foundr Podcast

Foundr became quite popular recently. It’s a digital magazine for young entrepreneurs, with Richard Branson on the first cover, which dominated Instagram.

In the show hosted by Nathan Chan – the creator of Foundr – you can hear some of the most successful entrepreneurs talk about their struggles and wins in business, but also those you haven’t heard of who are crushing it online.

You can learn how to use Instagram to generate millions of dollars, raise capital for your startup, get a lot of press for your business, get 1 billion YouTube views, and much more.

It’s definitely ‘not your average entrepreneurship podcast’, and there will be tactics and tips you could never imagine.

3. The Smart Passive Income Podcast

Pat Flynn is another online entrepreneur I’m a fan of, whose blog and podcast I’m following regularly, and whose personality stands out.

The SPI podcast offers a great deal of specific information on how to make money blogging, using social media, affiliate marketing, podcasting, building an audience, and basically leveraging the Internet so you can have a life of freedom and independence, and money coming in while you sleep.

That’s why it’s one of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs and that’s why it’s on top of iTunes too. I end up taking notes way too often when listening to it.

Each episode features a guest who’s made a difference out there not only by being a self-made millionaire and continuing to build 5-, 6- and 7-figure businesses, but also by changing people’s lives with the products or services he offers.

Pat is authentic and is all about giving more value than expected. So he invites people he admires who are proud of their work.

Here’s something to check out:

4. Entrepreneur on Fire

EOFire with John Lee Dumas is another one of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs, but there’s something no other show does like this one: the host interviews the most inspiring and successful people of today 7-days a week.

No other podcast can offer more than 1200 episodes, and it’s the real meaning of daily motivation.

5. Rainmaker.FM

That’s a whole podcast network on digital business, content marketing, social media, SEO, conversion and entrepreneurship, with many shows.

The founder is Brian Clark, who you may know from Copyblogger. But here, he’s the host of Unemployable, where he shares tips and tricks for freelancers, digital enthusiasts and creatives.

Other shows that are part of the network which are worth checking out:

  • YouPreneur with Chris Ducker – advice for business growth, personal branding and relationship building from one of the experts in the niche.
  • Hack The Entrepreneur – ‘the fears, habits, and inner-battles behind big name entrepreneurs and those on the path to success’.

So these are the 5 best podcasts for entrepreneurs in terms of digital business and getting more out of life.

What are you listening to? And which of these 5 are you already a fan of?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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