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A team of business and technology journalists and editors who write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Smarter Writer
Smarter Team

A team of business and technology journalists and editors who write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Time is precious in our busy lives. Whether you’re commuting on a train, trapped in traffic, waiting to board that plane or simply taking some much-needed downtime, podcasts are great for their anytime-anywhere versatility. Even at the end of a long day, a podcast can be just what you need to start tomorrow re-inspired. Here’s our Smarter round-up of the best business podcasts from across the world.

1. The Lady Startup

Hosted by Australian television presenter Rachel Corbett and produced by Mamamia, Lady Startup is an Australian business podcast. It features Rachel sitting down to chat with successful women in business. The stories cover everything: from those product idea ‘light-bulb moments’, to the highs and lows of running a business, to amazing stories like that of Diem Fuggersberger, who went from debt and homelessness to starting up two thriving food businesses. Another recent episode of this startup podcast features MyBudget founder and Australian entrepreneurial icon Tammy Barton. If you’re dreaming of business success, whatever that means for you, listen to Lady Startup.

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2. TED Talks Business

TED Talks needs no introduction, but you may not be aware of the dedicated business podcasts channel called TED Talks Business. As insightful as you’d expect from the TED team, TED Talks Business is one of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs. It brings together the innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers from across the business world who have shared the stage at TED conferences and TEDx events. The series covers big-picture topics like industry-wide changes but is also essential listening for self-development topics like building confidence, asking for help and measuring adaptability. Find the podcast right here.

3. Small Business Big Marketing

Tim Reid has worked in marketing his entire working life. Along the way he had an epiphany about how he can apply big marketing ideas to small Australian businesses. The result is his own consultancy business – The Ideas Guy – and his small business podcast Small Business Big Marketing. Episodes feature interviews with unique Australian businesses, practical tips and listener questions. Hear Tim’s podcast here.

4. Wowee!

Is your business born from your creativity? Could a creative solution solve a business challenge for you? Maybe you’re on the cusp of launching your creative pursuit into business or simply looking for artistic inspiration for your day-to-day. Hosted by textile designer Esther Sandler and illustrator and designer Penny Min Ferguson, creative podcast Wowee!, based in Melbourne, dives deeply into conversations with other creatives. While some might be making art for art’s sake, inspiration’s aplenty, and many of Esther and Penny’s guests have turned their artful passions into livelihoods and viable businesses. Find out how they do it on one of the top podcasts for creativity, Wowee!.

5. StartUp

This American Life is about as famous as it gets in the world of podcasts. Here with StartUp, one of the producers of that seminal American podcast turns his attention to business – and it is meta. StartUp is a documentary series that follows Alex Blumberg (of This American Life and also Planet Money) on his journey of creating not just any old business, but a start up podcast business. Yes, it’s a podcast about starting a podcast business. StartUp is one of the best startup podcasts in that it manages to capture the personal, human element of getting a venture up and running in a sincere, honest way. From choosing a business name to finding investors, failing at pitches and getting feedback from his wife on his business outfits (“Honey, those sneakers will not do”), Alex has made a podcast that is not only entertaining but also full of honest insights. Listen here.

6. The Hospopreneurs

If you’re in the hospitality game, The Hospopreneurs is the podcast for you. But if you’re not a budding restaurateur or cafe owner,  the ingredients here aren’t fundamentally those in a classic food podcast. Think of it as a podcast about getting a business up and running but through a hospitality lens – the lessons can apply to anyone. Take one example: Natalie Migliarini started an Instagram account that showcased the vibrant culture of mixology and has gone on to run a business consulting on social media. Stories from this hospitality podcast cover innovation, technology, business failure and learning from it – and so much more. Explore The Hospopreneurs here.

7. Tradies in Business

Like The Hospopreneurs, Tradies in Business is a niche podcast aimed directly at tradespeople running their own small operation. Whether you’re solo or heading up a small team, this small business podcast explores marketing (including DIY SEO), sales, business planning, branding and so much more. It’s perfect fodder to listen to on the commute between jobs – and much like The Hospopreneurs, it may seem niche but it’s useful for almost anyone, not just tradies. Listen to Tradies in Business here or look it up in your podcast app of choice.

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