The Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders and Start-Ups

The past two years haven’t come easy for the business world. With companies going bankrupt, people losing their jobs or seeing their company’s vision going up in flames, it’s challenging to keep motivated and carry on.

Even without a pandemic, working for oneself, starting a company and keeping it afloat, or expanding your business, is anything but simple. But it is possible.

In this segment, we’re looking at the best podcasts for entrepreneurs, business leaders and start-ups hosted by incredible visionaries who love to impart wisdom and share knowledge on becoming better and more successful business people.

Tough Things First

The host of the show, Tough Things First, is Ray Zin, Silicon's longest-serving CEO, best-selling author and now acclaimed podcast host.

Zin started his empire out of a garage in Silicon Valley. It was his vision to create a semiconductor company without having venture capital. Without the necessary finances, together with launching in an area where competition is rife, this seemed a pipe dream.

However, not only did he successfully launch Micrel, he was at the helm of it for forty years and remarkably, enviably, generated profit for the majority of his years as its founder and business leader.

Today he shares the lessons he's learnt in his profession through the aforementioned, Tough Things First, a business podcast with the same name as his incredible book.

Told in a passionate and honest voice, Tough Things First looks at the fundamentals of what it means to be a successful and influential entrepreneur - the blood, grit and tears, the discipline, and, most importantly, focus on putting the tough things first.

Says Zin in the episode Corporate Optics, "doing the tough things first is learning to love the things you hate."

Zin also emphasises something else that's crucial to success: identifying the people who work for you as the single-most critical resource.

In an interview with Rob Artigo on Essential Leadership Part One, Zin shares his expertise on the foundations of essential leadership. He discusses the importance of why being a motivating coach, who intimately understands people's needs and values, is key to good leadership and influences the trajectory of a company.

If you're a CEO or established or aspiring leader where time is essential, you'll find Zin's short bursts of wisdom a relevant, digestible and quick listen. Catch his episodes here. Or subscribe on whatever channel you listen to podcasts, including iTunes, Spotify, Scratchers, etc.

The host of the show, Tough Things First, is Ray Zin, Silicon's longest-serving CEO, best-selling author and now acclaimed podcast host.

Small Business Made Simple

Jenn Donavon’s mission for her listeners is to simplify their professional lives.

In her career, Donavon has been and achieved many things. She’s an ex-conveyancer, ex-retailer, marketing thought leader, change-maker, social entrepreneur, coach and mentor for small businesses, and keynote speaker, among other things.

After leaving a soured business partnership a few years ago, Jen felt like life had other plans for her. This led to her starting Social Media and Marketing Australia; a company focussed on empowering companies by transforming them from invisible to invincible.

With the limited time Jen has to spare, you’ll find her in front of a microphone recording, Small Business Made Simple - her flourishing podcast pushing 100k downloads. In its three years running, she’s squeezed out an impressive 160 free podcasts to a content-hungry Australian listenership.

You’ll find her podcasts informative, open, friendly and very candid - like having a conversation with a good, highly informed friend about running a company. The podcasts cover various topics, ranging from social media effectively and budget-friendly marketing tips to business blunders and ways to boost your productivity.

If you’re a small business owner seeking advice, support and information, you’ll find that this powerful podcast is tailored to your unique needs.

Not sure where to start listening? Skip to episode 100, Podcasting as a Marketing Strategy, if you’re keen to learn the trials, errors, prep work, decision-making, and lessons learned from running a business podcast. Either listen on the site or head over to your favourite podcast service and never miss an episode!

With the limited time Jen has to spare, you’ll find her in front of a microphone recording, Small Business Made Simple - her flourishing podcast pushing 100k downloads.

Career Relaunch

Joseph Liu isn’t a stranger to non-conventional career paths. The career consultant and podcast host has undergone a few major transitions in his own life, first abandoning his medical prospects as a doctor, moving across continents in search of his vocation, and then giving up a stable corporate gig for a dream career in marketing.

When Career Relaunch kicked off in 2016, Liu’s aim for it was to broadcast the inspiring stories of relatable people who’ve strayed from their career paths to chase their dreams, just like him.

The podcast practically became a global sensation overnight. It featured on Forbes as a “top business podcast for entrepreneurs” and Glassdoor as the “best podcast for transitioning to a new career” a year after it launched.

In the subsequent years, the internationally acclaimed podcast climbed the ranks for a place in the top 20 podcast career podcasts in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Singapore.

Presented as one-on-one interviews, Career Relaunch navigates the ups and downs of a career change to listeners by telling the illustrious experiences of diverse groups of professionals.

His most recent episode discusses the delicate balance between health and work life with Erika Russi; a former tax consultant turned data scientist battling fibromyalgia.

They chew on many different things - the ways chronic medical conditions threaten disrupt careers, why choosing health over overworking is best, and how entering new careers coming from non-traditional backgrounds is achievable with the right skills and inner confidence.

Listen to this podcast if you’re a mid to senior-level professional or an aspirational entrepreneur looking to take the next step. You'll gain the clarity, confidence and answer you need to take that bold leap forward by paying attention to Career Relaunch.

Follow the Career Relaunch podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts or Android.

When Career Relaunch kicked off in 2016, Liu’s aim for it was to broadcast the inspiring stories of relatable people who’ve strayed from their career paths to chase their dreams, just like him.

Nerds Of Business

Show host, Darren Moffatt, is a first-time podcaster who quickly moved up the ranks since launching his first episode in 2020.

Despite being new on the scene and not even having a professional website at the start, Moffatt managed to secure not one but five high-profile guests for his pilot episode.

Armed with a cool concept, slideshow, and a cheeky business name, the host of Nerds Of Business, persuaded his first big-name guests with a convincing cold pitch.

The secret of their success is linked to the show's unique structure. It's recorded documentary-style and aims to crack the code of business growth.

Why do some companies succeed while others expand like crazy? In this podcast, you'll have your burning questions answered by a panel of guests, with each segment focussing on resolutions to common challenges people in business face.

Listen in every Tuesday fortnight as Moffatt and guests delve into an exciting array of topics.

In his latest episode, Moffatt explores what happens when Entrepreneurs Go Bad with business psychologist Stephanie Thompson in his latest episode. This instalment is a one-on-one conversation that dissects the dark side of entrepreneurship - working and dealing with toxic leaders or colleagues on the sociopathic spectrum, how sociopathy and related bad choices affect business and kill careers and the disruptive nature of burnout.

He also looks at the story of Elizabeth Holmes, a former biotechnology entrepreneur, the wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America and founder of Theranos. On 5 January 2022, she was convicted of criminal fraud.

If you’re an entrepreneur and we’ve piqued your interest, you can listen to to Nerds Of Business podcast episodes for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

Listen in every Tuesday fortnight as Moffatt and guests delve into an exciting array of topics.

Financial Fofu (Fearing Of Effing up)

In the words of podcast hosts Sarah Eifermann and Trudi Cowan, Fofu is a seriously under-rated, fun and easy-to-understand podcast that talks to the heart of business.

By way of introduction, Eifermann and Cowan are top industry experts and seasoned professionals. As an award-winning finance broker, business owner, business strategist, accountability coach for the past 18 years, Sarah's goal is to help people take control of their finances while holding them responsible for achieving career goals and success.

Trudi, a business owner and expert in all things numbers, is your helpful guide into the world of accounting and taxes. Together, they make a dynamite duo, teaching anyone in business or anyone wanting to become more financially savvy the tips and ways of getting ahead personally and professionally.

Although they're pretty new to the podcast scene, launching their pilot just last year, they've successfully managed to break down daunting and sometimes banal topics regarding finances into digestive, informative discussions.

An overarching theme in the podcast is assisting listeners to overcome their anxieties of dealing with finances, and in turn, minimise their fears of "effing up" by expanding their knowledge base and dispelling myths about taxes, finance and other related topics.

A shining example of this is in their most-watched episode called How To Save Money and More Money, - which we can all agree is a hot and contentious topic of conversation.

In this segment, these two industry experts sit down to chat about how you can prioritise saving, and if you're already putting money away for a rainy day, how to save even more to live the life you want.

This highly insightful discussion looks into the different types of people and their spending and saving habits, the extreme importance of budgeting, and the tools you can use to budget right and live within your means.

Listen now on Spotify, Anchor By Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker and other podcast services.

In the words of podcast hosts Sarah Eifermann and Trudi Cowan, Fofu is a seriously under-rated, fun and easy-to-understand podcast that talks to the heart of business.

Humans Of Purpose

Humans Of Purpose runs differently from your average business podcast, and that’s because host, Mike Davis, had the idea to launch a talk show that he’d listen to himself about social impact and doing good for the community.

Since, at the time, nothing of that genre yet existed, his podcast launch was the first-of-its-kind.

Every week, Davis has purpose-driven community leaders, guests from diverse backgrounds on his show.

Since 2017, Davis has interviewed influential people who’ve done good in the world and continue to make an impact. Over the series, Davis discusses their career journey and purpose with his esteemed guests and how they’re enacting positive change and contributing toward a new era of social change.

Davis and his VIP's shed light on several issues over 250 episodes, turning heads and rapidly gaining more monthly listenership - approximately 7,000 unique listeners.

What listeners love most about Human’s Of Purpose is that Davis is often the first to the punch and gets the initial scoop before anyone else, engaging in conversations with notoriously private people and those who’ve rarely been interviewed.

His curated guest list includes Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an Australian academic and expert whose research focuses on the Middle East. She has an incredible story to tell about her time spent in an Iranian prison after being arrested in 2018 for baseless charges of espionage.

Since being released, she’s back in Australia writing her first tell-all book on her experiences. In a rare interview with Davis, she speaks about the history in Iran, what’s currently happening there right now, human rights issues emerging across the Middle East and globally, and what’s happening on an international scale to protect these fundamental rights.

Listen to this episode and others wherever you get your podcasts - Apple Podcasts, a cast, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcast.

Since 2017, Davis has interviewed influential people who’ve done good in the world and continue to make an impact.

The Leadership Diet

If you're joining The Leadership Diet for the first time, you wouldn't be the first listener to think the host's first name is unusual, and perhaps with his first name being Pod, entirely fitting for a podcast.

Besides his unique name, Pod O Sullivan, there's plenty to fascinate you about this Irishman. Born Padraig in Ireland, Pod shortened his name in 1995, shortly after landing in Australia and realising the Australian's propensity for abbreviating everything.

As the name stuck and the years rolled on, O Sullivan has built an illustrious career for himself and an outstanding reputation as a leading leadership advisor and Top Teaming expert.

In the past 20 years, he's coached, mentored and advised corporate leaders and teams across the globe to be more impactful and effective in business.

The Leadership Diet taps into his experiences as he interviews a collection of innovative and insightful CEOS, founders, and leaders across the globe.

These conversations are an in-depth analysis of high-ranking business people's. Their lives, mistakes, and aspirations. You'll find Pod O Sullivan a brilliant and compelling conversationalist, charming in his distinctively Irish way, and a man unafraid to have brutally honest and challenging conversations.

There are several highlights in the three seasons and 70 episodes of The Leadership Diet. These include frank conversations with Craig Le Masters on leadership during uncertain times, accepting leadership with Richard Neill and taking charge and other open, honest and sometimes humorous discussions with top industry professionals.

This podcast is recorded with senior business leaders in mind on ways to optimise leadership, transform habits and thinking patterns, and nurture teams and organisations effectively.

Subscribe to The Leadership Diet on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

You'll find Pod O Sullivan a brilliant and compelling conversationalist, charming in his distinctively Irish way, and a man unafraid to have brutally honest and challenging conversations.

The Michael Brian Show

Achieving success and happiness hasn't come easy for Michael Brian. He has had the cards stacked against him, battling severe introversion and cystic fibrosis from childhood.

Describing himself in his formative years as "the worst in the room", he struggled with bullying for being different and felt increasingly invisible and unseen.

Despite his challenges and scars, Michael Brian realised that he had a voice and wanted to use it to make an impact and be a spokesperson for the voiceless. With this burning desire, he decided to live life on his own terms.

Since his decision of owning his narrative, Brian has come a far way. Today, he's a best-selling author, international speaker, and visibility expert for introverts.

Four years ago, he dipped his toe into the podcasting waters with what was then The Roar Show, now The Michael Brian Show, a success podcast story about making an impact in the face of adversity.

His show, which is rated a top self-help/entertainment podcast, has an extensive viewership, with listeners joining the conversation from around the globe. Michael Brian covers a lot of interesting, exciting and motivational content in his hour-long talks that feature a laundry list of inspirational guests.

The shows will leave you feeling good while having learned something. Helping listeners improve their lives in small ways by tuning into his show has been Brian's aim from the start of his journey.

Listen to Michael's first episode with friend Jane Willmot for something extra special. Jane is a coach who helps people achieve what they want in life. In this segment, she shares her own journey about changing gears in her professional life, discusses how success is earned, not given, and speaks about how choices and mindset affect your outcomes.

Catch conversations with Michael wherever you listen to your podcasts - his episodes are aired on multiple platforms, including iHeart Radio, Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and others. Take a listen!

Helping listeners improve their lives in small ways by tuning into his show has been Brian's aim from the start of his journey.

Your Brand Your Future

Petra Zink, podcast host of Your Brand Your Future, once believed that the hard work you put in is what you get out, that long hours at the office and having a strong work ethic pay off to hit career targets and get ahead.

After ten years in the same industry, climbing the ranks of seniority, Petra was soon hit with a reality check that has since changed the course of her career. No, she wasn't getting that long-anticipated promotion but slapped with a performance improvement plan to be better.

Heeding the wake-up call, she's transformed her approach to work and life. Today, Petra speaks to ordinary Australians about pivoting their careers in a series of workshops, one-on-one coaching, and through her personal brand building podcast, Your Brand Your Future.

Your Brand Your Future is a free, go-to resource, ranked as the no. 14 Personal Brand podcasts in the "personal branding podcasts" by Feedspot.

You'll unlearn everything you thought you knew about building a career with Zink as she takes a deep dive into the importance of personal branding development and following the three c's - clarifying, communicating and commercialising.

In the show, Zinc takes her listeners on her personal journey of risk, failure and success, while inspiring them to take chances, challenge their ways of thinking, and embrace the suck of doing something new. Each episode is filled with tactical, no BS ways to build and monetise your brand while future-proofing your career and business.

Listen to Your Brand Your Future's most-streamed episode, Beyond Strategy. In this chapter, Zink looks at why people who've implemented all the right strategies continue to fall short of success.

Why success is more, far more than following a step-by-step process and ticking boxes but is primarily driven and superseded by attitude. She goes on to explain that, time and time again, people fall into a dangerous safety zone because they feel they have enough and fear failure and disappointment.

The solution? Continue to push those boundaries, even if it sometimes ruffles some feathers. Listen to the full episode here. If you're looking to rebrand and need pointers, subscribe to Your Brand Your Future.

Today, Petra speaks to ordinary Australians about pivoting their careers in a series of workshops, one-on-one coaching, and through her personal brand building podcast, Your Brand Your Future.

Pricing College

Hosts of Pricing College, Aidan Campbell and Joanna Wells, are your friendly pricing experts. Their expertise lies in assisting companies with pricing their products and services for business success.

Decision-making linked to pricing strategies are anything but easy, but Campbell and Wells will guide you through everything, ensuring that you’re making financially smart decisions.

The episode that best represents the Pricing College is the one on value-based pricing. They discuss why companies are reluctant to move toward this processing method despite the proven benefits and rewards of its implementation.

They also define value-based pricing, which in its most basic term, is setting pricing according to what customers are willing to pay or what they believe is a fair reflection of its value.

Finally, they provide actionable solutions to finding that sweet spot, which includes knowing your market, working out customer segmentation, and applying a mix of economics, maths, psychology and science to arrive at fair prices.

Pricing College will answer your questions, transform your business and give you a comprehensive understanding of pricing. Listen to their short, sharp and easy-listening weekly drops on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or Amazon Music.

Decision-making linked to pricing strategies are anything but easy, but Campbell and Wells will guide you through everything, ensuring that you’re making financially smart decisions.

Better Law Firm Marketing

Law graduate Brendan Kelso is the founder of Legalsites, a highly specialised law marketing agency in Australia that assists small law firms in generating top-quality online leads, clients and profits.

He's also the show host of Better Law Firm Marketing. This niche podcast helps listeners attract their ideal clients by leveraging the most efficient law firm based marketing strategies and tactics.

Kelso launched his podcast in early 2020 to build rapport with his target audience while providing them with the tools and education to get ahead as legal firms.

The episode that stands out to us the most is with Jahan Kalantar, a Sydney-based solicitor and partner of Executive Legal, where he heads up the litigation and dispute resolution team.

Kalantar sees himself as more than a lawyer and an entrepreneur, businessman, teacher, and TEDx speaker.

Host Brendan Kelso and Jahan Kalantar cover many topics in this episode, starting with his hugely popular TedX talk that generated over 240 000 Youtube views about the perfect apology in three steps.

He recounted the process it took from the first TEDx pitch to the final stage and how his experience as a criminal lawyer, which is a role where apologising is the norm, made him the ideal speaker on the subject.

You'll enjoy how candid, colourful and authentic this conversation is, especially on topics like "how you don't have to be a dick as a lawyer".

In this segment, Kalantar, who describes himself as a "little guy lawyer", believes that qualities like kindness, respectability and politeness trump rudeness, anger and "being a jerk" in getting ahead.

Finally, looking at pursuing a non-conventional career path? Kalantar, as an advocate of doing things differently and better, has plenty to say on that.

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Kelso launched his podcast in early 2020 to build rapport with his target audience while providing them with the tools and education to get ahead as legal firms.

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