Best podcasts for creatives and entrepreneurs

Love podcasts? Here's a list of my favourites.

Love podcasts? Here's a list of my favourites.

UPDATED June 2017!

I am a podcast junkie (and I’m not afraid to admit it!). I listen to podcasts while I drive, tidy up at home, work (depending on the type of work!)… I probably clock up 5-10 episodes of various podcasts every week this way. 

I listen to a range of shows but most are interview based or aimed at small/creative biz owners.

Here’s a selection of my favourite creative/business podcasts: 

DESIGN/LIFE. A podcast hosted by two NZ ladies about design and side projects for motivated creators. They cover issues creatives often face like getting paid, overcoming a creative block or managing time, to name a few.

SO YOU WANT TO BE A WRITER. Valerie Khoo and Allison Tait, both successful Aussie journalists and authors, bring you the latest in news, opportunities, trends – and gossip – in the world of writing blogging and publishing. I don’t aspire to be a writer, but given my interest in publishing and the online world, there is always lots of interesting content here.

THE LIVELY SHOW. An American podcast by Jess Lively, interviewing bloggers, authors, and some big names in the ‘self-help’ arena. Episodes touch on ‘life stuff’ as well as creativity and entrepreneurship.

STARTUP. A fascinating show all about taking a business from an idea to a million-dollar enterprise. It might not be where we are all headed, but throughout the series’ they tackle issues like funding, staffing, content, production values, public comms snafus and more.

DESIGN MATTERS. Esteemed creative director/designer Debbie Millman has hosted this podcast for over 10 years - claiming it as "the world’s first podcast about design and an inquiry into the broader world of creative culture through wide-ranging conversations with designers, writers, artists, curators, musicians, and other luminaries of contemporary thought". Nuff' said! 

AFTER THE JUMP. From the founder/editor of the Design*Sponge blog Grace Bonney, this podcast is no-longer producing new episodes but the 100-strong episode archive is well worth diving into. Interviews with a wide variety of creatives and episode ‘monologues’ from Grace herself on the challenges her business has faced in its 10-year history. Honesty abounds!

SIDE HUSTLE SCHOOL. While this podcast’s main focus is about adding extra income to your life through a side venture or business pivot, the short-episode format (and daily release schedule) sure provides regular fodder for conjuring up impactful ideas based on your established skill set.

HEARSEJ. A sporadic podcast series from Seja Vogel (who I interviewed in Conversations with Creative Women), wherein she chats to fellow Australian musicians about their rides through the industry (and recounts stories that sometimes maybe should have stayed on tour).

HOW I BUILT THIS. A podcast people who love to learn the recipes behind product-based entrepreneurial success. The enthusiasm and dedication Spanx founder Sara Blakely has for her product is infectious and endearing; while the slowly unfolding evolution of Instagram and its founders early mis-steps is enlightening.

Search for these podcasts in your smartphone podcast app or on iTunes - you won’t be disappointed!