The best thing about being a freelancer–is also the worst thing…
You are in charge of your business.
You make the decisions, find the clients, and build the products.
And it isn’t always easy. If it was, everyone would do it, right?
As a freelancer, it’s important to always keep your eyes up. To always be looking for ways to improve your business, increase your revenue, grow your email list, book more clients, etc.
Enter podcasts: the greatest educational resource since the invention of the internet.
(Sorry, books, but it’s true! Podcasts are incredible)
Sure, Googling something will get you an answer, but someone probably paid for that answer to show up at the top.
With podcats, you have the ability to listen any time and anywhere, and you get to choose what to listen to.
There are loads of podcasts out there that provide all kinds of tips for freelancers, and, fortunately for you, we’ve curated a list of our 12 favorite podcasts that are mandatory listening for freelancers.
- Interviews with industry titans & up-and-comers,
- Stories of success
- Stories of failure
- Mindset, productivity, purpose, and more.
If you’re looking for a list of podcasts that can help you improve and grow your business, you’ve come to the right place.
You won’t go wrong with any of these.
Akimbo by Seth Godin
1,275 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Lauren Sergy of Up Front Communications says…
Seth Godin’s podcast Akimbo is, hands down, the best listening that any freelancer, self-employed person, or anyone wanting to bring their work into the world could do. Clear space in your calendar or plan a long drive – you’ll want to binge listen to this one.
Seth is one of the top marketers on the planet, and much of his content is geared towards self-employed folks like us!
Listen for: Getting better clients and doing better work.
110 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Mike Beatty of MakeTimeOnline.com recommends The Freelance Transformation because its host (Matt Inglot) “chats with different freelancers to find out how they find clients, how much they charge, and how they build a sustainable freelance business.”
Listen for: the freelancer guests 👍
13,162 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Gary Vaynerchuk is one of the most well-known entrepreneurs on the internet. You’ll find his videos everywhere where he’s answering questions, delivering keynote speeches on marketing and business, interviewing celebrities and business icons, and more.
His podcast, the GaryVee Audio Experience, is a mix of all of these conversations plus original content that he creates specifically for this show.
Listen for: New ideas & some “hustle-oriented” motivation.
Ok, this technically isn’t a podcast, but it IS audio specifically geared towards freelancers!
The great thing about this audio course is that it’s an intentionally organized experience. It’s not an ongoing thing with random topics.
Listen for: An organized jumpstart on freelancing best practices and strategies for getting more/better clients 👍
9,289 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
The Goal Digger Podcast is a live-workshop style business podcast that is helping thousands redefine success and chase bolder dreams.
Holly Connors of SimplifyCreateInspire.com says…
“While the podcast is aimed more at women in business, many of her topics and guests provide valuable advice for anyone listening.
As a dude, I can confirm this. Jenna’s incredible at what she does.
Listen for: Strong, creative, women entrepreneurs!!
6,383 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Fellow freelancer and entrepreneur Cat Alford recommends The Life Coach School Podcast because there are, “…several amazing episodes on money mindset, knowing your worth, working smarter, and more.”
Listen for: overcoming mental barriers in your business–even if you don’t think you need it 😉
79 ratings, 5-star review on Apple Podcasts
On the Money Lab podcast, hosts Matt Giovanisci and Andrew Fiebert have brutally honest conversations about the life of a self-employed, serial entrepreneur.
Their conversations include completely transparent stories of success and failure as they bounce from one business idea to the next, determined to find out what it really takes to make money online.
Listen for: An unfiltered & authentic take on the digital marketing world.
325 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Jen from AHomeReimagined.com says…
“I’ve listened to dozens of episodes of the ProBlogger Podcast and I can honestly say that I learn something new in every episode. Some of the most effective strategies I’ve employed on my site have come from this podcast.”
It should be noted that Darren (the host) is also the founder of Digital Photography School, an old-school (and massive) website.
His experience is stuff of legend.
Listen for: short-to-medium form solo shows with actionable advice.
The Do You Even Blog Podcast (Hey, that’s me!)
122 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Full disclosure, this is my own podcast!
Jake of Money By Jake recommends the Do You Even Blog Podcast to other freelancers, bloggers, and podcasters because…
“Pete (the host) does a great job of summarizing all of his shows into a few short, highly actionable takeaways. He interviews some of the biggest names in the industry and makes sure every episode is worthy of your time.”
Listen for: tips for creating CONTENT (both blog, podcast, & YouTube) that is designed to attract clients and an audience.
468 review, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Bri Bell of Frugal Minimalist Kitchen says…
“I love Productivity Paradox for its highly actionable productivity and time management tips. The host, Tonya, is a natural educator and you can tell each episode is planned in a way that helps you solve problems and make improvements in your life.”
Listen for: productivity gains, of course!
Pursuit With Purpose, from Melyssa Griffin
661 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Jenna Festa of JessieOnAJourney.com, (a podcast host herself!) says…
“I recommend the Pursuit With Purpose podcast because of the high-quality interviews. Melyssa interviews people in a way that doesn’t just share knowledge, but leaves you feeling inspired.”
Listen for: Melyssa herself. She’s another old-school digital entrepreneur with an incredible track record.
306 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
Refresh Your Wealth is hosted by a CPA and an attorney who both specialize in small business clients.
Logan Allex of MoneyDoneRight.com says,
“I highly recommend the Refresh Your Wealth podcast… This show gets into everything from entity information to tax breaks to business planning, making it a must-listen for freelancers everywhere.”
Listen for: Personal finance tips from a small biz & freelancer point of view!
Ya know, the boring but important stuff.
Simple Pin Podcast, from Kate Ahl
180 reviews, 5-star rating on Apple Podcasts
While not necessarily for all freelancers, Pinterest has become a major avenue to growth for many online businesses.
In the Simple Pin Podcast, host Kate Ahl interviews people who use Pinterest in creative ways to build email lists and increase revenue.
She also runs an incredibly successful agency!
Additionally, Kate keeps you current on the latest Pinterest updates, tips, and trends that are happening across the platform.
Listen for: Pinterest strategies, sure, but Kate also runs a team herself, and she often dives into her agency strategy as well!
As a freelancer, what other podcasts do you listen to?
Did we miss any “must-haves” on our list?
Comment below with your favorite shows!