The Business of Being Creative: The Best Podcasts for Lady Bosses & Bloggers

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Do you ever find yourself with an endless amount of tabs open to must read blog posts, your download folder filled with free newsletter opt-ins and your inbox exploding with newsletters? (Joanna’s note: yes.) Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the online creative space for some time, the amount of free business content available can overwhelm you. I still love reading blogs and newsletters, but my favorite way to educate myself is to listen to a business podcast. There are some really great ones out there, so today we’re sharing our favorite podcasts, the best episodes, and tips on fitting all of these podcasts into your schedule.

The Best Podcasts for Bloggers & Creative Business Owners

Being Boss
If you are planning to start a small business, or already have, take a listen to this podcast. The hosts, small business owners, Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, tell it like it is with zero sugarcoating. With over 100 episodes in the archives, there is something for everyone!
Favorites: The Value of Staying Small | Goal Setting: The Chalkboard Method |Little Steps to Big Change with Katie Lee

Blog Fuel
This podcast, hosted by Kirstin Thompson of Sweet Tea, LLC, dives into all topics related to starting a blog. Kirstin has been blogging for seven years, so she has a lot of knowledge to share.
Favorites: Making Your Blog Your Hardest Working Employee | Blog Monetization

Bosses and Booze
If you want to get to know fellow lady bosses over cocktails, this podcast is for you! Meghan Maydel hosts creative happy hours with some amazing entrepreneurs.
Favorites: Red Wine with Annette Stepanian | Whiskey on the Rocks with Dannie Lynn Fountain

Creative Empire
Reina Pomeroy and Christina Scalera strive to bring fresh content to creative entrepreneurs. Each week they interview industry leaders and ask the tough questions about building a creative business.
Favorites: The 6 Pillars of a Creative Business with Jennifer Faught | How to Create Value Throughout Your Customers’ Journey with Tara Gentile | How Micro Changes Produce Macro Results with Katelyn James | How to Cultivate a Life of Grace Not Perfection with Emily Ley

Goal Digger
Jenna Kutcher, a wedding photographer and educator, started this podcast at the beginning of the year and it’s already one of my faves. She has some amazing guests, but I can’t get enough of Jenna’s encouraging spirit.
Favorites: How to Pack a Punch with Words with Ashlyn Carter | How to Price for Big Profits | How to Set Expectations with Clients

One Part Podcast
This is not a strictly business podcast, but host Jessica Murnane has conversations with amazing individuals covering topics ranging from wellness to music to food to fashion and design.
Favorites: Diet Culture, Emotional Eating, And Learning To Love Your Body With Isabel Foxen Duke | Turning A Dead End Into A U-turn With Jensen Karp Of Kanye West Owes Me Three Hundred Dollars | Honoring Your Past, Present, And Future With Grace Bonney Of In The Company Of Women

Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
Amy Porterfield is a marketing genius. She and her guests chat about social media, lead funnels, copywriting, newsletters and more. Even better, her show is interesting and digestible. Plus, she always has a great freebie download to go with each episode.
Favorites: Write Better Copy: Quick Tips for More Confident Communication with Nikki Elledge Brown | Are You Repelling or Attracting Your Potential Customers? | Operation Clear Out Your Inbox

Power. Profit. Pursuit.
Tara Gentile is a rockstar in the small biz world (at least in my mind) and her podcast doesn’t disappoint. She interviews a variety of creative entrepreneurs about the ins and outs of their work.
Favorites: Designing Your Life & Business for Success with Melanie Duncan | Building Brands & Closing Sales with Monaica Ledell of Truth Hacking | Setting Business & Personal Financial Goals with Worth It Author Amanda Steinberg

Strategy Hour
The ladies of Think Creative Collective, Abagail and Emylee, launched this podcast in January and already have over 30 episodes out. They interview some amazing biz ladies and discuss what’s going on in the online space each week.
Favorites: Getting Your Customers to Say “Yes” – Neuroscience and Business with Natalie Franke of Rising Tide Society | Giving Competition the Middle Finger | Becoming the Face of Your Business Through Brand Photography with Mallika Malhotra of MikiFoto

The Lively Show
I think I’ve been listening to The Lively Show for over 2 years, so it’s been fun to see the show change and evolve. When Jess first started, she interviewed biz owners, but now she is focused on purpose and alignment. It’s a great break from typical lady boss podcasts.
Favorites: Jen Gotch of | Kendi Skeen of Kendi Everyday |Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge | Jon Acuff of Do Over | Brooke Castillo of the Life Coach School

Now that your iPhone is filled with podcasts, I wanted to share a few quick tips about fitting time in to listen to podcasts.

Tips for listening to podcasts

  1. Determine the best times to listen to podcasts free of distractions.
    • On a walk
    • While washing dishes or emptying the dishwasher
    • While putting makeup on
    • Doing laundry
    • On a roadtrip
  1. To get through them even faster, I love listening to podcasts sped up to 1.5x speed. This makes them faster, but still understandable.
  2. Save your favorite episodes so you can easily relisten to them.
  3. You don’t have to subscribe to every podcast — just download the episodes you want to listen to.

Do you listen to to podcasts? What are your favorites? How do you fit them all in?

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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  1. 3.21.17

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ll have to add all these boss ladies to my list!

    • 3.21.17
      joanna said:

      Yay! Glad to connect you to a new podcast :) enjoy!

    • 3.24.17
      Katie said:

      Hooray! Glad you enjoyed this list!

  2. 3.20.17
    Cynthia said:

    Ooooo. This is a good list. I have an hour commute to and from work every day and listen to a toooon of podcasts and audiobooks. I’m working on a list for staying motivated that I can’t spill the beans on yet, but here’s a list of great podcasts for creative inspiration: And if you’re looking for a thrill, these are the best scary podcasts: They’re fun to listen to when you’re making things.