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Do you ever wonder if you’re missing out on certain podcasts? I get that feeling, sometimes. There are hundreds of entrepreneurial podcasts to subscribe to, but I’ll find myself sticking to what I’m already familiar with instead of branching out.

In an effort to get out my comfort zone, I asked other female entrepreneurs which podcasts they love. The love for these podcasts is so deep, they have even inspired these women to become business owners! Put your earbuds in and get ready to subscribe. These podcasts will shake up the way you do business.

The Goal Digger

This was, by far, one of the most frequently mentioned podcasts among the women entrepreneurs I chatted with. Created by marketing entrepreneur and photographer Jenna Kutcher, The Goal Digger bills itself as “live-workshop style business podcast.” Listeners can train with the experts profiled in its episodes to chase their dreams and redefine success.

For MK Andersen, owner of Chicago-based wedding planning company Your Day by MK, The Goal Digger was her first introduction into the creative industry world. “A fellow lady boss told me about Jenna Kutcher as a wedding industry expert and I started to tune in.”

Andersen, who was a political science major in college, picked up basic entrepreneurial skills from the podcast. “Jenna had guests on the show that I would reach out to afterwards. I wanted to see what they were up to and try to learn from them and their practices.”

You don’t have to be in the wedding industry to listen, either. Registered Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist Amanda Davis cites the podcast as one of her favorites due to its wide range of content.

The Goal Digger delves into entrepreneurship and business management from a female perspective. “From social media, marketing and SEO tips to balancing business and mom life — there’s something for everyone.” Davis says, “Jenna’s passionate about her career, topics and guests, which inspires me to tackle anything being a business owner throws my way. Listening to Jenna Kutcher is like having a BFF business expert in your ear!”

How I Built This with Guy Raz

One of the toughest parts of being an entrepreneur is feeling as though everyone around you is succeeding while you’re still figuring it out. Olivia McShea, who co-founded custom travel experiences company Livalit Travel with Molly McShea, credits the How I Built This podcast for continuing to inspire their journey.

Each episode is a reminder that every business starts with an idea and one or more people crazy enough to stick it out through the ups and downs.” McShea says, “It seems so obvious, but we often forget that companies like Airbnb and Spanx were once small businesses.”

Both founders of the now-tremendously successful companies have been featured on How I Built This, along with established brands like Lyft, Instagram and Chipotle. Host Guy Raz interviews entrepreneurs to find out how and why they built their businesses. Listeners get a glimpse into how some of the world’s biggest brands were made and tips that they can apply to their own companies.

Skimm’d from The Couch

Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg started their first business, a daily e-newsletter called theSkimm, from their couch. It only makes sense that the co-founders would bring their success back full circle with the podcast Skimm’d from The Couch. Female entrepreneurs join the duo on a couch to discuss the realities of starting a business — and the conversation goes a lot deeper than “I made the leap to start a company and look at me now!”

Danielle Berman founded DB Consulting, a full-service philanthropy firm that educates and assists professional athletes and sports organizations with their philanthropic game plan, in 2017. Berman credits this podcast for inspiring her to start her own business. “I love to hear the co-founders interview female executives about their success. Most importantly, however, I like to hear about the failures and challenges they faced (and sometimes still face) along the way.”

Happy Black Woman

Reesy Floyd-Thompson is the owner of The Digital Wonder Woman. Her services range from social media to digital marketing, allowing her to be a multi-faceted small business owner.

Skills and talents aside, however, just how happy are entrepreneurs? Do they feel as fulfilled personally as they do professionally or is there an imbalance? “When we start a business, we tend to forget that everything we are as a person comes with us including our bad habits.” Floyd-Thompson explains.

This is why her favorite podcast is Happy Black Woman with Rosetta Thurman. The podcast breaks down the mental process that goes into not just being a successful black woman in business, but a happy one, with interviews that vary from all levels of business. “I’m happy to be a listener and my company is happier for it, too!”

Pivot Podcast

Before Ashley Adamcyzk became the owner of Beach Town Pops, a Los Angeles-based gourmet popsicle business, she worked in television. Adamczyk worked on the reality TV series Survivor. She found herself on a remote island and went to the grocery store to buy popsicles. The store didn’t have any, so she decided to make her own. Pretty soon, Adamcyzk’s popsicles became a booming business.

Making such a major career pivot meant seeking out advice. Business strategist Jenny Blake asks the question of what your next big move would be, if you could suspend the fear and “what if?” doubts from your mind. Blake answers this question in her book, Pivot, and in the Pivot Podcast. The podcast specializes in helping listeners to rediscover (or simply discover) their passions and move towards building careers therein.

“I was searching for an answer to the question, ‘What’s next?’” Adamcyzk says, “Pivot illustrates the ways one can leap frog from career path to the next. I mean, who knew I would be making popsicles as a career?”

No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis

Grace Joyal, Co-Founder of Emboss Communications, started listening to No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis in spring 2017. The podcast, hosted by ABC News journalist Rebecca Jarvis, was only a few months old at the time, but within months Joyal was ready to become an entrepreneur.

“Listening to Rebecca, a fellow journalist, break down all the scary stigmas around entrepreneurship with women who were living through all those moments was absolutely infectious.” Joyal says.

The podcast inspired Joyal so much that she convinced a fellow friend to start a business with her by fall 2017. Now, Joyal and her co-founder are running a boutique PR and digital marketing firm of their own.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Joyal says, “Whenever we feel imposter syndrome, frustration or fear, I put on an episode of No Limits. I feel the weight of what we’re really doing — breaking barriers and paving our own way.

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