Quick fact: According to this article by Fast Company, Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes Podcasts) is now home to over 500,000 podcasts, and surpassed 50 billion episode downloads and streams in early 2018. With statistics like these, it’s not surprising that new podcasts are cropping up at record rate.
That’s good news for us. There is literally a podcast for everyone, and let me tell you, some of them are truly transformational.
If you’ve read any of my posts, you know that I’m working hard to establish a freelance writing career that I can be proud of and sustain. I find inspiration in podcasts with a strong focus on freelance writing, content writing, blogging, entrepreneurship, side hustling, and marketing. Since I know a strong mental game is equally important to success, I also look for shows that dive deep into grit, mindset and breaking free of old barriers that might be holding us back.
Since there are so many podcasts out there, I thought I’d share my favorites with you. Please note I update this list from time to time to include any new shows I’ve discovered that I think are too good to keep to myself. 🙂
Quick note: I provided links to each podcast. Some link to archived episodes on their websites. Some link directly to iTunes. You should be able to find all on either iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Stitcher or Google Play (if not their respective websites)
Second quick note: I don’t get paid or compensated in any way to mention any of the podcasts on this list. These are just podcasts I’ve stumbled upon in my exhaustive searches and found truly valuable.
Freelance Writing, Copywriting
- The Freelance Writing School Podcast with Heather Deveaux (My girl! I tune in every Friday without fail!)
- High-Income Business Writing with Ed Gandia
- The Smarter Freelancing Podcast also with Ed Gandia (this is his older podcast but just as good and still very relevant)
- The Copywriter Club Podcast with Kira Hug and Rob Marsh
- Hot Copy Podcast: Secrets of Successful Copywriters with Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver
- ProBlogger with Darren Rowse
- Do You Even Blog with Pete McPherson
- The Blogging Millionaire with Brandon Gaille
- The Money & Media Podcast – Presented by FinCon
- Copyblogger with Sonia Simone
Entrepreneurship, Successful Business Stories
- Join Up Dots with David Ralph (‘Join Up Dots’ is based on a quote by the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs)
- Side Hustle Nation / Side Hustle Show with Nick Loper
- Mixergy with Andrew Warner
Life Coaching, Motivational, Self-Awareness, Self-Improvement, Failure
- The Freelance Writing School Podcast with Heather Deveaux
- (no, this is not a typo. Heather is seriously part life coach and part writing coach. Her podcast is not just about setting up and running a freelance writing business; it’s also about daring to dream and doing whatever it takes to make that dream a reality. Seriously, check her out.)
- Do It Scared Podcast with Ruth Soukup (I tune in weekly to this one, too!)
- The Life Coach School Podcast with Brook Castillo
- Just Make the Thing with Claire Tonti and Chanel Lucev-Peters (a lovely, light-hearted show about how to start a thing…and actually keep doing it)
- The Lavendaire Lifestyle with Aileen Xu
- The Art of Charm with A.J. Harbinger and Johnny Dzubak
- The Jordan Harbinger Show (Jordan left Art of Charm in early 2018 and started his own podcast)
- The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance with Megan Bruneau
- Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
(Recommended by Heather Deveaux of The Freelance Writing School Podcast)
(for freelancers, money issues can get real pretty quick)
*Writing Related Interview: For a truly inspirational episode, check out this interview with writers Holly and Greg Johnson. Holly built up her freelance writing business while working full time. After 1 year, she was able to quit her job and write full time.
I’ve listened to every one of these podcasts, some at the binge-level. Now, this doesn’t mean I’ve listened to every episode of every podcast. (Context: David Ralph of Join Up Dots has published over 900 episodes)
Of course, not all episode topics will be relevant to you. I like to scroll through the episode titles and descriptions, and then listen to the shows that resonate most.
If you’re newer to the podcast world, start by typing some key words of interest into the search bar of your preferred podcast app and see what pops up.
There truly is a podcast for every person. Have some fun looking around.
Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?
Photo source: Blake Connally on Unsplash