Top 5 Business Podcasts for Startups

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If you think you have all the answers, chances are you’re wrong.

Part of the challenge of starting up your own business is that you lack an office full of people to bounce ideas off of, making it easy to develop tunnel vision. But that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and taking in new information. In fact, this is the very time when you need it the most.

The problem is that you’re probably busier than ever. Books? Those are for people who have actual free time. Seminars? Maybe in your next lifetime.

Podcasts, on the other hand, can be listened to while you drive home from work, walk the dog, or sit on an airplane. And they constantly expose you to new ideas, trends, and sources of information. Here are five of the best free business podcasts.

1. Success! How I Did It

This podcast is exactly what it sounds like: a look at how other people have found success and overcome challenges. Past interviews have included LeBron James, Sheryl Sandberg, and the founders of companies like Tinder, Zillow, and Lyft.

2. Jocko Podcast

Retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink doesn’t sugarcoat anything. While this podcast isn’t exclusively business oriented, Willink—with the help of his guests—skillfully lays out the key traits that everyone needs to succeed like discipline and a strong work ethic. But there’s also a lot of nuance. A recent show, for example, addressed this question: “Should you stand down if another team member is showing better leadership than you?”

3. The Tim Ferriss Show

There’s a reason this was the first podcast to surpass a million downloads—and is now at more than two million. It delivers in-depth interviews with people who have found success in all walks of life, including Jamie Foxx, Tony Robbins, and Malcolm Gladwell. Equally important is that the interviews are more than just interesting; they also include actionable advice.

4. Powderkegs: Igniting Startups

If you’re in the tech industry and not located in Silicon Valley, this is a must-hear podcast. Host Matt Hunckler interviews tech entrepreneurs who have made their start-ups work no matter where they’re located.

5. Entrepreneurs on Fire

John Lee Dumas, the founder of this podcast, interviews entrepreneurs seven days a week and has shared insights with more than 1,800 people. What do they all have in common? Dumas says they are all masters in accomplishing their goals.

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About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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