Although podcasts first caught on with techies, it has since gained widespread popularity with the general public. Log on to one of several podcast sites on the Internet, and you can download content ranging from music to philosophy to entrepreneurship. Podcasting combines the freedom of blogging with digital audio technology to create an almost endless supply of content.
Podcasting is a free service that allows Internet users to pull audio files (typically MP3s) from a podcasting Web site to listen to on their computers or personal digital audio players. The term comes from a combination of the words “iPod” (a personal digital audio player made by Apple) and “broadcasting.” — How Stuff Works.
Users don’t have to ‘tune in’ to a particular broadcast. Instead, they download the podcast on demand or subscribe via an RSS feed, which automatically downloads the podcast to their computers or other devices. Then the audio file can be enjoyed while driving, walking, jogging, relaxing, cooking, or various other ways.
Podcasts for Solopreneurs
Solopreneurs and entrepreneurs were among the first to adopt podcasting as part of their repertoire. It is a basically simple way to produce authentic and relevant content that users can access at their leisure. Many include links to a podcast in a written blog post that covers the same topic, and users can either read or listen, or both.
Here are what we recommend as the best podcasts for solopreneurs in 2019.
Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Masters of Scaleis an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and Investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests. It won the 2018 People’s Voice Webby for Best Business Podcast.
- Take Bigger Riskswith featured guest, Shellye Archambeau, Former CEO, MetricStream
- What Great Founders Do at Nightwith featured guest, Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post, Thrive Global
How I Built This with Guy Raz
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists — and the movements they built.
- Springfree Trampolinewith featured guest, inventors Keith Alexander & Steve Holmes
- Compaq Computerswith featured guest, Compaq co-founder Rod Canion
Diary of a Female Entrepreneur with Nancy Mensah
Diary of a Female Entrepreneurseeks to show women everywhere how to start, grow, and sustain their own businesses while handling life’s challenges like a BOSS! Nancy features true experiences, not photoshopped versions, of how female entrepreneurs grow, make mistakes, learn, and find success.
- Changing Lives Through Your Passionwith featured guest, Adeeb Barqawi
- Making Your Entrepreneurial Dreams a Realitywith featured guests, Jade Driver and Cassie Petrey
She Did It Her Way with Amanda Boleyn
On her She Did It Her Way podcast, Amanda Boleyn seeks to help women just like you go from cushy, comfortable, and corporate to finding their freedom way of building an online business that works for them and their skillset.
- The Strategy Behind Building an Online Business from Opt-in to Product Sales
- How to Find the Silver Lining During a Perceived Setback
Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
Former corporate “yes girl” Amy Porterfield shares her mission of helping others succeed in her Marketing Made Easy podcast. She features expert interviews, mini execution plans, and intimate behind-the-scenes secrets from her biggest launches, all with actionable and profitable tips anyone can use.
- What’s Keeping You Safe is What’s Keeping You Stuck
- How I’d Grow My Business If I Were Starting From Scratch
These are just some of our favorites, but we know you will get great help from them, as some of their shared topics demonstrate. What are your favorite solopreneur podcasts? Share them with us in the comments below!