Until last year, I was convinced that podcasts were just not for me – I’m a very visual person, and I sometimes find it hard to concentrate on words just being spoken to me (I always really struggle with lectures in uni!). I follow quite a few people on Instagram who make podcasts though, and I started to feel like I was missing out on interesting and valuable content, so I decided to give listening to them go, and very quickly got hooked. I now listen to podcasts ALL the time, but especially while making in the studio or at home. Running a business can sometimes be a little lonely and it’s really lovely to have people chatting in the background while filing for hours, or getting on with boring admin. It keeps by brain engaged while my hands are busy, makes me laugh or think, and it can be a great way of really maximising working hours if you also end up learning something new along the way! Following are some of my favourite podcasts to listen to while I’m working (in no particular order) – some are about running a small business or marketing, and some are just good fun or really thought provoking.
Make a plan – Make it happen
Josephine is an amazing planning coach, she has a plethora of useful tips for small businesses, whether you run your business full time or as a side hustle - you can find her on Instagram @josephinepbrooks. Her podcast is full of interesting interviews with knowledgeable people from the industry, coaching episodes and Q&As. It covers a whole range of topics, my particular favourites are ones on dealing with overwhelm and mental health issues while running a business.
Ep 50 Tackling Overwhelm Through Prioritising and Creating Routines
Ep 18 Creating the Lifestyle You Want & Taking your Side-Hustle Full Time with Jessica Rose Williams
Grow with Soul
Kayte Ferris (Simple & Season)
Kayte is a marketing coach I also discovered through Instagram, and I highly recommend checking out her stunning feed @simpleandseason. Grow with Soul is a great podcast, Kayte has a very measured and calm approach to marketing and selling which I really enjoy, and is very open about the successes AND the failures of her own business, which I think is quite refreshing in a time when a lot of people tend to only talk about the highlights. The podcast covers a lot of themes around marketing your business, bnut also talks a lot of finding the joy in what you do and creating value for yourself and your customer.
Ep 63 Creating an Income From Values-Led Work, Experimentation, and Community with Nicole Antoinette
Ep 54 Managing What’s On Your Plate and the Power Of Choosing What You Put On There with Carina Lawson of Ponderlilly
Sara is THE name when it comes to Instagram, her content is incredibly valuable if you want to learn how to use the platform effectively – you can check her out at @me_and_orla. I really enjoy the Hashtag Authentic Podcast, where Sara breaks up themed episodes with incredible guests, with solo episodes in which she shares some of her expertise. She interviews amazing creative people from all walks of life – small business owners, creatives, writers, photographers, fascinating entrepreneurs who all have a lot of wisdom to share.
Ep 83 How to be Indistractable in a chaotic world with Nir Eyal
Ep 35 Stopping the Glorification of ‘Busy’, With Jen Carrington
Conversations of Inspiration
Holly & Co
Holly Tucker, the founder of Not On The High Street and Holly & Co, is a brilliant host who invites the most interesting guests with small and big businesses in a variety of industries to talk about their journeys that got them to where they are now. It is fascinating to find out how different brands, some of which are now household names, started out - the struggles that they went through make you realise we all come across hurdles that need to be overcome, even when to the outside world everything seems to be going well. On the other hand, the successes they share really spur you on to put your all into your own business!
Ep 5 Andy Poplar, founder of Vinegar & Brown Paper – The Healing Power Of Becoming An Artisan
Ep 14 Zack McLaughlin, founder of Paper and Wood – When Creativity Sets You Free
Ep 67 Pioneer of the Fairtrade movement with Green & Black’s founder Jo Fairley
Made of Human
Made of Human is up there with my favourite ever podcasts, I have learned so much from listening to Sofie’s incredible selection of diverse guests from all intersections talk about their lives and lived experiences. Sofie makes it a point to interview people who are not always widely represented by other media, to give them a voice and a chance to share their perspective with the world. I absolutely love putting this podcast on and just getting immersed in two fascinating people talking about topics that interest me like politics, sexuality, gender, race, religion, mental health issues, love and family, and lots more.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love food and everything about it – eating it, cooking it, talking about it, watching cooking shows…I wasn’t convinced about food podcasts at first, because you are missing the visual side of the food, but oh was I proven wrong. This podcast is about primarily about eating as well as food, and it is absolutely fascinating – Jess is a comedian who interviews various celebrities and other comedians about the joy, as well as the complicated nature, of eating in different cultures, their favourite foods and food memories, rituals, and lots of other super interesting things!
The Confidence Corner
This is another interview style podcast, this time round all about confidence, as the title suggests. I love Callie’s fun and kind interview style, and the way she really bonds with her guests so that it seems like she’s just having a chat with a friend. All of her guests are brilliant people who have been dealt various personal and professional challenges that we can all relate to, or learn from.