It’s 2020. It’s a time for renewed energy — and for you to show up and take control of a new decade. That means taking your business to the next level, streamlining processes to gain more free time, and getting back to your passion and not the bill-paying/bill-creating, pain-in-your-neck lifestyle you’ve (maybe) been living.

But how do you do that?

Let’s face it, you’re a small business owner, so you don’t have a lot of extra time — or money! — to reinvent the wheel (it’s 2020 a.d., not 2020 b.c.). That’s why you should start looking to the successful people who share their stories and their secrets for free. Cue the business podcasts.

Listening to a great business podcast is like getting a free workshop or class on your way to work, during your workout, or even on a flight to see the in-laws. All it takes is finding one that speaks directly to the problems you’re tackling. 

So where do you start? We’ve rounded up our favorite podcasts for small business owners, plus some industry-specific options, to help you tackle this year with all the newfound business inspiration you need.

Top 10 Podcasts for Small Business Owners

BizChix

What it’s about: Natalie Eckdahl helps women become high-performing professionals by teaching them to recognize the superpowers they already have and find some new tricks to get their businesses into tip-top shape.

Why we love it: We all need inspiration — whether it’s hearing how women have learned to work less but make more or how women have utilized their innate characteristics to help them excel at being the boss. You’ll find that in every episode.

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Mind Your Business

What it’s about: Your perspective and your mindset may be keeping you from success in your small business. James Wedmore takes a mind-ful approach to business, which will make you a more productive, get-shit-done entrepreneur.

Why we love it: The opening quote on Wedmore’s website says, “Hustle and hard work are NOT essential ingredients for success”. Now, I don’t like to be lazy, but I do like to be efficient. And I know that, often, my mind is the only thing standing in the way of my success. Mind Your Business helps you find attainable ways to combat that.

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How I Built This

What it’s about: Guy Raz interviews the people behind some of the biggest companies today. From the ideation phase to the hard work and challenges they faced along the way, you’ll hear the stories that built the brands you love.

Why we love it: Almost every person interviewed started out as a Regular Joe (putting their pants on one leg at a time, etc.) but had an idea that, with a lot of hustle, turned into something we all know and love today. Whether you’re the next Elon Musk or just a master service provider in your industry and city, you’ll walk away feeling hella inspired.

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HBR Ideacast

What it’s about: Harvard Business Review is a hub for the leading business ideas and insights — and their podcast, HBR Ideacast puts these into digestible audible form. 

Why we love it: While this podcast covers topics directed mostly at large businesses, it still imparts valuable lessons  for anyone running a business. Every entrepreneur can benefit from learning the innovative methods the world’s best bosses use every day.. 

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Professional on the Go

What it’s about: Hear from small business professionals in service-based industries led by the CEO of scheduling service PocketSuite, Chinwe Onyeagoro. He talks to hair stylists, personal trainers, dog groomers, yoga instructors, and life coaches, just to name a few.

Why we love it: If you love reading our blog, you’ll want to give this podcast a listen. If you own a service-based business and face the challenges of dealing with clients, managing transactions, and trying to streamline your work, Professional on the Go is for you.

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RISE Podcast

What it’s about: New York Times Best-Selling Author, Rachel Hollis, leads discussions with business powerhouses on bold topics. You’ll hear stories and insights that will leave you with valuable, actionable takeaways to become not only a better business leader, but a better person. Who doesn’t want both?

Why we love it: If you haven’t read (or listened to) Rachel Hollis’ books, get to it. The woman is like your personal cheerleader and life coach who you want in your corner. Her podcast is a free resource of the wisdom she wants to impart on the world, and I’m here for it.

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The Goal Digger Podcast

What it’s about: Like it’s namesake, Jenna Kutcher wants you to not only create bolder goals but actually achieve them. She helps you “dig in, do the work, and tackle your biggest goals.” Free accountability? Sign me up.

Why we love it: I’m biased for a Minnesotan, but everyone loves a kindhearted down-to-earth human, right? Jenna leaves nothing to be desired there as she helps you bring more meaning to your business and tackle hardships with poise.

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Do Weekly

What it’s about: A weekly podcast, where hosts, Natalie and Alex, walk you through one task to get done for your business that week. From updating your website to handling taxes and finances, getting your marketing in order to taking care of yourself, they’ll walk you through the task so you can actually get it done.

Why we love it: One challenge a week? Good, because who needs to add more than one item to your already forever long to-do list as a small business owner. Plus, I bet you forgot/didn’t know you needed to do whatever task they’re covering — they have a business sixth sense, truly..

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The Simple Business Show

What it’s about: Nesha Woolery is focused on helping solopreneurs “stress less, work less and earn more” — check, check, check! She’s all about helping you get booked and stay booked while simplifying your business tasks so your job as boss isn’t so overwhelming.

Why we love it: Not only is her British accent a treat to the ears, but her information comes from first-hand experience — and it’s incredibly easy to digest. You’ll end up wanting to be her friend.

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Small Business Boss

What it’s about: While this podcast is technically for “freelancers, creatives, and consultants”, the show really benefits anyone who works with clients (hello, you). Maggie Patterson gives you honest and practical tips for finding, booking, and sustaining clients.

Why we love it: Not only does she sound like she’s sitting and drinking a glass of wine with you while chatting all things business, but each episode also comes in a blog post format (often with support charts/pictures!) if you’re into that whole reading thing. 😉 

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Bonus: Our Top Hair and Beauty Industry Podcasts

The Beauty Biz Show

What it’s about: Our awesome friend, celebrity esthetician, and podcast host, Lori Crete, interviews beauty icons to glean their revenue-driving business tips. Use their different perspectives, to approach your business differently and grow your bottom line. Lori Crete has been a long-time friend of Schedulicity because her mission aligns with ours: — to help small business owners (like you) kick @$$. We guarantee you’ll love her as much as we do.

The Connected Yoga Teacher

What it’s about: Do you run a yoga studio? Are you a yoga instructor? You’ll want to give this podcast a listen. Shannon Crow discusses every type of yoga, every business opportunity yogis have, and the business tips that instructors need to practice. With over 150 podcasts already, you can feel at peace knowing she’s covered every topic you need help with. *Om*

Hairdustry: Your Day Off 

What it’s about: Cory and Tony are the two guys you want to sit in your salon all day to hear their hilarious stories and give you advice on being a stylist. Trust us, we’ve hung in person with these guys for long periods of time, and they’re a hoot. Plus, you’ll hear about cool new hair trends and how the industry’s experts rose to success. 

Thrive Forever Fit

What it’s about: There’s no room for excuses with Jay Nixon — but don’t let that scare you! He wants to help you approach fitness, nutrition and health in a way that’s effective and long-lasting (no fad diets here!). Get the kick in the butt you need with this podcast.

Hair Love Radio

What it’s about: I’ve met Elizabeth Faye, and I wish we lived closer to each other so I could force us into friendship. The woman is SO inspiring for hair stylists (I’m not even in the hair industry, but when she talks, I want to be!) and really knows her stuff. She is the salon coach you need, teaching you how to run a successful business, how to do hair and how to have fun while doing it all.