Who needs business school when you have the internet?
We’re only kind of joking. It’s never been easier to learn how to start a business, thanks to online courses, the wonder that is YouTube, and of course, every buisness blog under the sun.
But if you’re more of an auditory learner (or you just like to multitask while you’re jogging from meeting to meeting) you should get familiar with a few key podcasts that are specifically geared toward creative female entrepreneurs. Not only are podcasts free, they offer a wealth of content and knowledge on almost any topic you could imagine. Whether you’re totally lost and brainstorming your next big idea, or you’ve already developed a genius product but have no idea how to sell it, downloading and studying a few key podcasts could help you make your #girlboss dreams a reality. We’ve included our top 11 must-subscribe podcasts in the list below—keep scrolling to see what you should add to your iPhone!
An extension of Jessica Murnane’s popular blog, One Part Plant, One Part Podcast involves open and honest conversations with entrepreneurs in the wellness field. Murnane’s a pretty dope boss lady in her own right—after adopting a plant-based diet six years ago, she started her own blog and website. Her following grew, and eventually, Murnane landed her own cookbook deal. As a host, she’s the perfect combination of knowledgeable and also inquisitive—she quickly admits when she has no clue what her guest is talking about and does a great job of breaking down complex business or health concepts for newbies. Most importantly, she spends time digging into the personal philosophies and backgrounds of all her guests so listeners feel like they get to know her interviewees on a deeper level. A great combination of business advice, wellness knowledge, and authentic conversation.
Sophia Amoruso certainly has a reputation—the founder of now-defunct e-retailer Nasty Gal (and the main character of the fictionalized Netflix show, “Girlboss“), she’s the women who popularized the Insta-famous term “girlboss,” for better or worse. Although she hasn’t always been painted in the best light—the show based on her life portrays her as a selfish, rude, downright conniving spitfire willing to do anything to make a buck—she shows a different side on her podcast “Girlboss Radio.”
Here, Amoruso interviews badass girl bosses who either run their own companies or work in high-level positions in fashion, beauty, and tech companies. Even though Amoruso isn’t the greatest interviewer (she tends to stick to the same group of questions for every guest) she does an excellent job of selecting interesting talent to talk to. Some standout episodes: Emily Weiss of Into the Gloss, Whitney Wolfe of Bumble, and Payal Kadakia of ClassPass.
Author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin is a veritable content machine. The woman writes nearly every day for her popular blog, has pumped out three best-selling books in as many years, and publishes a weekly podcast where she talks about how to live your best life. On Happier, her topics are often entrepreneurial in nature—how to start a side hustle, hacks for how to make tough decisions, or info about which platform is best for blogging—but most of the time Rubin muses more broadly on life and relationships.
Katie Horwitch has some serious street cred—one of the founding editors at The Chalkboard Magazine, she knows her stuff when it comes to health and wellness. After leaving her editorial gig, Horwitch founded WANT (Women Against Negative Talk) in 2007 after realizing there wasn’t an editorial site that delivered authentic and inspiring conversations to women.
On WANTcast, Horwitch leads real conversations with all types of women around the idea of female empowerment, healing, and confidence.
Sometimes you need to listen to something a little more actionable than an interview. Amy Porterfield’s podcast Online Marketing Made Easy is like getting a free MBA in Marketing—she teaches her listeners exactly how to launch, grow, and monetize their passion projects. Definitely worth a subscribe if you’re thinking of launching your own product!
Confession: I kind of want Cathy Heller to be my mom. Or at least, I want her to be my mentor. She recently launched her podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job, and it kind of became an overnight success, thanks to the catchy title and Heller’s incredibly kind enthusiasm. A singer-songwriter who successfully figured out how to make six figures a year by licensing her music to TV shows, Heller is eager to help her listeners figure out how to turn their passion projects into a real-life gig. Every week she interviews a new guest who’s successfully “quit their day job,” and at the end of the episode Heller sums up the action steps that her guest took to become successful. If you’re feeling discouraged about your life, Don’t Keep Your Day Job will completely inspire you to take action.
Sometimes you need to hear just how hard starting a business is from people who’ve been there. NPR’s How I Built This does a beautiful job of letting founders just tell their stories—the good, the bad, the ugly, and the funny-in-hindsight. Hosted by Guy Raz, the weekly show nails down pretty impressive guests for every single episode.
Gimlet Media is an interesting study in its own right—the podcast “network” produces some of the most popular shows on iTunes and Stitcher like ReplyAll, Startup (also worth a listen!), and Homecoming. Recently, the company launched Gimlet Creative, which produces branded podcasts that are essentially sponsored by large brands like Tinder and eBay. eBay’s Open For Business is all about building a business from the ground up—it’s beautifully produced, and super informative.
Instagrammers, this podcast is just for you. Created by photographer (and Insta-whiz kid) Jenna Kutcher, The Goal Digger Podcast began as an extension of her free workshop “The Instagram Lab.” Kutcher is a self-made businesswoman, and she happily shares her favorite tips for growing her online business with listeners. The format of the podcast varies from week to week—sometimes it’s an interview with a girl boss, other times Kutcher is the only one behind the mic—but there’s always an educational takeaway at the end of every episode.
Named the “top podcast for female entrepreneurs,” Ali Brown’s Glambition Radio is definitely worth a listen. Brown manages to land incredible guests every two weeks, and she has absolutely no problem grilling them for all of their secrets to success.
If you love Marie Forleo’s B-School, you’ll be obsessed with Anne Samoliv’s Fearless Launching Show. Samoliv actually launched the first two years of B-School, meaning she was nearly 100 percent responsible for the success of the program. (Spoiler: B-School is a pretty big deal in the online course world) On her show, she shares launch lessons from guests and simultaneously teaches listeners how to start their own thing.