Top Podcasts for Female Creatives and Small Business Owners...
Without sounding dramatic, podcasts have changed my life in some way in the past few months (totally dramatic). I don’t remember how I fell down my podcast rabbit hole. But when I did, I made a conscious decision to start listening to ones that motivated me and sparked creativity.
I first started listening to podcasts in back in January 2016 – although my chosen genre was a little different. I was marathon training at the time and needed something more than music to take my mind off the miles. I discovered the podcast ‘Serial’ and ‘My Dad wrote a Porno’ and suddenly the miles seemed to go a lot quicker! They’re both brilliant podcasts in very different ways – I’m sure you can guess which one will make you publicly laugh till you cry.
Although millions of people around the world listen to podcasts, I still find that whenever I talk to friends about them, I’m often met with a blank stare. Whatever your interest or taste – there’s a podcast out there for you. And the best bit? All free! Podcasts are a great way to listen to voices from the people in industries all over the world and get inspired.
A lot of people have said to me they don’t have the time to listen to podcasts. I listen on the drive to work, in the gym, clearing out the shed, doing the laundry (you get the idea). All of this is made a lot easier by another life-changer… my air pods. I’m extremely lucky that Mr C bought me some for Christmas and they’ve quickly become one of my favourite gadgets.
Whenever I’m having a bad day or I’ve hit a creative slump – the podcasts are the first thing I turn to. I’ve now built up a reliable list of podcasters who inspire and motivate and give me that all important push to keep going. Listening to these wonderful people has kept my positivity up and sparked no end of new ideas.
So, here’s a few of my favourite podcasts for creative businesses…
This is THE podcast that started my ‘obsession’. Hosted by the awesome Lola Hoad, The One Girl Band Podcast is a podcast for female entrepreneurs and creatives who work for and by themselves. This podcast has given me so much support and empowerment over the past few months. It’s filled with real, truthful insights into running a small creative business, they're little pep talks from someone who has been in the same boat as you. I genuinely love listening to Lola, I feel like I’m listening to a friend and always come back to her episodes to help me find some truths.
19. How to Fire your Inner Critic
25. Finding your Way
The Little Chapters
The Little Chapters is an absolute gem, a refreshing podcast that eavesdrops on two friends, Kayte Ferris and Jessica Rose Williams. I LOVE listening to their conversations on mindset, lifestyle and creativity. At the end they always finish up with a ‘trip to the post box’ where they select a question from a listener to help answer. I honestly get so excited for each of their releases and I’ve even listened to their ‘Clutter’ podcast twice!
Favourite episodes: (all of them)
04. Being an Introvert
The Fearless Hustle Collective
The Fearless Hustle Collective by Anna Dunleavy is a stirring podcast for creative female entrepreneurs. It features honest conversations about the ups and downs of running your own business. I felt really connected with Anna’s podcast that I even signed up to her Fearless Beginnings Members Club - leading me to lots of new avenues and a fabulous group of supportive creatives.
03. Taking the Leap with Nancy Straughan
14. Growing a food blog with Lucy Parker
Hashtag Authentic by the wonderful Sara Tasker is a weekly podcast exploring the secrets to online success for dreamers, makers and creatives.
She has hundreds of practical tips and inspiring stories to guide you through the lessons and strategies she used to grow her 300k+ audience and six-figure business online. I’ve loved listening to Sara and its honestly really helped me to think about what I want from my instagram and grow my account.
Episode 42: Why it’s never too late to grow your instagram, with Bookish Bronte.
Episode 63: The inside Scoop on using Pinterest for growth.
How to Curate Your Life
Hosted by the lovely Lizzie, this podcast celebrates the creativity and entrepreneurial adventures of different individuals.
A big focus of the podcast is the allusive ‘Work Life Balance’ - Lizzie talks productivity, creativity, health (both mental and physical), self promotion, mindfulness, priorities and much more. It's a great podcast to discover so many new names from many different corners of the creative world. (Plus I just love listening to Lizzie’s soothing voice)
7. With Donna Wilson
14. With Sarah Akwisombe
On the Make with Josephine Brooks is the perfect podcast for Side-Hustlers who are juggling a creative business & a job. I’ve found it particularly helpful for where my own side hustle is at the moment. The podcast features interviews with business experts and other side-hustlers who share the story of how they’ve grown their businesses, experiences and expert knowledge.
I really love the tone of this podcast - and I particularly enjoy Josephine’s solo episodes - she makes time management and productivity feel like an absolute breeze and has really transformed the way I plan my working week.
12. How to be Consistent in Your Side Hustle When You’re Not a Robot.
23. What it takes to get Serious About Your Side-Hustle & Take it to the Next level
If creative business podcasts are not your thing or you’re still not sold – then just give one a listen, search for a topic or a person and dive straight in.
Do you have any podcast recommendations? What has you hooked? Whether its creative, serious or porno… I want to hear!