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Listen and Learn: Top podcasts for independent creatives

Whether on your morning commute, during a focused work session at your desk, or on an evening walk, there’s never a bad time to tune into a podcast.

And for independent creatives, there’s a wealth of podcasts out there that cover everything from practical tips on managing your finances to inspirational stories of entrepreneurs who’ve scaled their businesses, to design and marketing insights from industry leaders. 

If you’re ready to grow your business know-how or tune into creative conversations, here are our picks for the top podcasts for independent creatives to listen to.

Get Sh!t Done with Alex Batdorf

Female entrepreneurs make up nearly 50% of businesses, but they only generate 4% of the revenue. This is why Alex Batdorf, three-time entrepreneur and founder of Get Sh!t Done, started the Get Sh!t Done podcast. Batdorf uses the show to help other female entrepreneurs gain traction while scaling their businesses — something she says is the key lesson she’s learned after over a decade of building businesses. 

The guests Batdorf interviews on the show are fellow female entrepreneurs who have built scalable businesses. They share everything from how they bootstrapped their businesses to seven figures to how to raise capital even if you don’t have VC connections. Not to mention, Wethos’ very own co-founder and CEO was a guest on the show! Check out Rachel’s episode here.

Career Foresight with Jennifer Spoelma

In Career Foresight, career coach Jennifer Spoelma helps creative professionals build careers that align with their strengths, lifestyle, and goals. The show’s recent season specifically focuses on “The Future of Work for Creative Professionals” and dives into the uncertainties and endless opportunities for creatives in our shifting economy.

Design Better Podcast

From the team at InVision comes the Design Better Podcast. The podcast features high-level interviews with leaders in design from companies like Airbnb, Spotify, Google, and more, as well as thought leaders and authors like Debbie Millman and Seth Godin. Though it’s design-focused, creatives from all backgrounds can benefit from the insightful conversations and ideas brought up in each episode. Topics discussed on the show range from building products that are accessible and inclusive to designing your work life.

Planet Money

Keeping up with the economy can be challenging and confusing which is why Planet Money breaks down everything you need to know about the economy in an easily digestible (and even fun) way. The NPR podcast covers everything from inflation to the latest financial happenings in Congress, and even memestocks. If you’ve ever felt out of the loop when it comes to the economy, then this podcast will help you catch up. After all, the economy has an impact on everyone, and independent creatives are certainly not an exception.

Freelance Writing Coach

While this show is geared specifically towards freelance writers, independent creatives from all disciplines can benefit from the practical business tips shared on Freelance Writing Coach. Hosts Kaleigh Moore and Emma Siemasko have each built six-figure writing businesses (which makes them part of the mere 5% of freelancers who make over $100K per year) and share everything they’ve learned to get to this point in their careers. Each episode is less than 30 minutes and dives into hands-on topics that range from setting your rates to subcontracting to dealing with imposter syndrome.

The Futur with Chris Do

In The Futur, host Chris Do explores the interesting overlap between design, marketing, and business — all of which are essential learning categories for freelancers and independent creatives that want to grow. Do hosts conversations with industry leaders in design, technology, marketing, business, philosophy and personal development and dives deep into the guests’ experiences, skills, and motivations. 

The podcast is an extension of The Futur, a content platform which is on a mission to teach one billion people how to make a living doing what they love.

The Balancing Act with Stevie Jones

Business finance coach Stevie Jones hosts The Balancing Act, a podcast that goes over the nitty gritty of business finances. Jones is an expert on all things bookkeeping for entrepreneurs and in each episode she shares everything you need to know about handling taxes, managing your cash flow, and more practical financial tips for independent business owners.

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