Learn how to level up your freelance business and make more money in a shorter amount of time thanks to these podcasts.
Despite podcasts being around since 2004, it’s only recently that I’ve discovered their potential. Now, post podcast revelation, I just can’t get enough of ‘em.
Far from being one of those people that love to tell you why their favourite podcaster should be your favourite too, I’m all about spreading the love in a less, “Oh, man, you’ve gotta listen to this right now”, kinda way. That’s why this article isn’t titled, 6 Epic Podcasts You Must Listen to Immediately or Yesterday.
Expertly curated audio content that doesn't weigh you down
As a freelancer, I’m on the move a lot. And when you’re carrying around a backpack for most of the year, convenience reigns supreme. Don’t get me wrong though – I love books. Not only do I find reading to be highly enjoyable; books are also great for when you want to make your home look worldlier.
For long stints on the road though, they’re just not that practical. Show me someone who can travel comfortably for months on end AND pack the extended works of Tolkien and I’ll change my opinion. Until then, podcasts will have to do.
Because learning is fun and podcasts are hip
So, what podcasts do I recommend to help you keep the freelancer dream alive? Well, essentially I view my podcast library like a classroom, and each day I’ll choose something different to listen to; whether it’s a new episode or a saved one that I’m fond of. In this selection, I’ve chosen series that cover everything from the technical aspects of copywriting to productivity hacks and advice on how to prospect for new clients.
I’ve set the table, now all you have to do is take your place and read on for info about the masters that'll level up your business so you can start working smarter, not just harder.
1. High Income Business Writing – Ed Gandia
Ed Gandia is something of a guru when it comes to copywriting. Produced every fortnight and complete with some pretty average music, you’ll be glad to know the opening soundtrack doesn’t set the tone for the rest of the podcast. Ed is a contemplative host who interviews writers on all aspects of their business, drawing out not just their success stories, but also their failures.
If you’re serious about climbing the ladder to six figures, then Ed Gandia is the man that can give you a leg up onto the first rung.
2. Hot Copy: A Copywriting Podcast for Copywriters – Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver
Kate Toon and Belinda Weaver are both accomplished copywriters in their own rights. And even though they’re both Aussie’s, that doesn’t mean they get an automatic spot on my list. The real reason why I listen to this podcasts is because it’s all about copywriting. Not just print and online writing or the freelancer lifestyle, but succinct, stylish and engaging copywriting.
Funny without being over the top, Kate and Belinda are more than willing to share their own experiences as well as host others within the industry in order to offer up hints and tips regarding how to write effective copy on a silver platter.
3. The Tim Ferris Show – Tim Ferris
An affable nerd of sorts that’s learned how to live a fruitful life thanks in part to his talent for communication, Tim Ferriss is a self confessed human guinea pig, entrepreneur and author. It took me a while to warm to him, because let’s face it, he’s got no sense of humour, but his self awareness, introspective approach to life and bevvy of highly impressive guests makes him a winner in my books.
If you’re looking for a podcast that delivers educational yet easy to digest advice on how to maximise efficiency, increase productivity and improve concentration, The Tim Ferris Show will most definitely satiate your curiosity.
4. Tropical MBA
Tropical MBA is pretty hit and miss, but when it’s on, you better believe it’s on. Tune into it to hear two location independent entrepreneurs (that sounds so much better than digital nomad, right?) talk about their experiences setting up a successful business sans office.
Travelling for extended periods of time while working, freelance culture and how to run a company from outside the confines of corporate life are just some of the topics they cover.
5. Problogger – Darren Rowse
Another Aussie makes an appearance! For anyone that’s ever dabbled in blogging, you would’ve no doubt heard of Darren before.
If you’re new to the art of online writing though, this man is the number one resource you need in your blogging toolkit. Perfect for those that are serious about writing for online publications or their own website, Problogger shows you how to transition your blog into a full fledged business with tips, suggestions and anecdotes from his own experiences as a professional blogger.