6 Best Podcasts for Solopreneurs

6 Best Podcasts for Solopreneurs | Contracts for Creatives | Ashlee Hightower

Something a bit different here on the Contracts for Creatives blog this week!  As a self-employed entrepreneur, one of my favorite ways to continue learning about how to grow and build my own business is to listen to podcasts.  There’s such a wealth of information out there that’s not only free but also inspiring and motivating.  I enjoy popping on an episode during commutes to meetings or during admin days when I can multi-task by working and listening at the same time.

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites!  If you have a favorite podcast geared towards entrepreneurs, shoot me a DM on Instagram!  I’ll share it with the rest of our community on Insta, and I’m always looking to add more to my playlist!

6 Best Podcasts for Solopreneurs

Second Life with Hillary Kerr 

If you’re familiar with Who What Wear or MyDomaine, you may have heard of Hillary Kerr – she’s one of the co-founders of both companies.  On her podcast, Second Life, she interviews entrepreneurs who had a full fledged career prior to switching paths and becoming their own boss.

A few of my favorite episodes are Ali Webb, founder of Drybar, Emily Henderson, from Style by Emily, and Ty Haney founder of Outdoor Voices.

The 6-Figure Freelancer by Avani Miriyala

I met Avani (virtually) through my friend Kate Jones of Kate Waldo + Co. Avani publishes a mix of solo podcast episodes and episodes with guests. Each week, she covers all things freelancing, clients, money, mindset, entrepreneurship, marketing and more. Her self-stated goal is to give freelancers and entrepreneurs the tools they need to work less, add massive value to great clients, make a whole lot of money, and live their dream life.

I had the pleasure of being a guest on Avani’s podcast where we talked all about the importance of legal contracts in the solo-entrepreneur and freelancer space. A couple of my favorite episodes are How to Write Copy Like a Boss for More Sales with Bree Weber and How I Manifested $40k Months.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

How I Built This is a NPR podcast hosted by Guy Raz.  Guy interviews the founders of companies you know and love to get the back stories on their journey and the movements they built.  There are SO many good episodes on this podcast. 

Just to name a few of my favorites: Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, Peter Rahal, founder of RXBAR, Stacy Brown, founder of Chicken Salad Chick, Laura Merriken, founder of LÄRABAR, and Dave Gilboa & Neil Blumenthal, founders of Warby Parker.

Word to the Rise with by Stephanie Arbetter & Sadie Cornelius

Word to the Rise is a podcast based in Washington, DC and hosted by a friend of mine, Stephanie Arbetter. Each week, Stephanie interviews a different guest who’s in the midst of their career – someone who’s succeeding and on the up and up, but not yet at the pentacle of their career. Hence, Word to the RISE.

A couple of my favorite episodes are Blending Passion and Profession with Katie Urban and Owning Your Niche with Jasmine Smith.

Tim Ferriss Show with Tim Ferriss

The Tim Ferriss Show is hosted by Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek.  Tim’s tagline for the show is that he attempts to deconstruct world class performers, whether they come from sports, business, entertainment or otherwise to distill their habits, belief systems, life lessons etc.  

Tim’s interviews are usually on the longer side (1+ hours), but he has a way of going super deep with all of his guests.  I love hearing the background stories of big names like Jamie Foxx and Kevin Costner.  

A few of my favorite episodes: Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories; Kevin Costner on Building His Career, Positive Self-Talk, and Making Dances with Wolves Happen; Chris Sacca on Being Different and Making Billions; and How Casey Neistat Gets Away With Murder.

The Skinny Confidential Him & Her with Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bostick

This is a bit of a wild card. I love Lauryn and Michael, the husband and wife duo that hosts The Skinny Confidential podcast. Lauryn and Michael are self-made entrepreneurs themselves, so I appreciate hearing their take on business, and I love their interview episodes with with world class leaders, entrepreneurs, athletes, best selling authors, experts, & thought leaders.

A few of my favorite episodes: Ryan Holiday: Stillness Is The Key – How To Clear Your Mind & Find The Path To Everything; No, We Can’t Grab A Coffee! With Amy Landino – Organizing Your Time, Being Selective, Time Batching, & Calendar Prioritization; and Color Me Courtney aka Courtney Quinn – How To Ignore Negativity, Create Community, A Highly Recognized Brand, & Not Compare Yourself To Others.

Do you have any favorite podcasts related to entrepreneurship?!  DM me on Instagram and I’ll share with our community there and add them to my playlist!

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  1. Kara said:

    Love this roundup! I’m always on the hunt for new podcasts and I always listen to How I Built This but I love hearing different perspectives. I think I’ve listened to the Glossier episode 3 times already haha


    • ashlee4566 said:

      Thanks Kara! I love the Glossier episode too!

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