The Best Podcasts for side-hustlers + My Favourite Episodes
Podcasts have quickly become something to bond over with my friends and business buddies, they’ve made me feel like I’ve got company (other than the four legged fluffy kind) when I’m working from home and they’ve inspired new ideas for my business.
I find podcasts one of the best ways to learn, whether it’s learning a new tool for my business or learning more about myself and how I want to shape my lifestyle. For side-hustlers especially, podcasts are brilliant because you can listen while you’re commuting, cooking dinner or sneakily listening to while you’re at your desk.
I’ve got so much out of listening to podcasts over the years so I thought it was high time I share my favourite shows and episodes with you.
There Are Other Ways - Fiona Barrows
The place to go for real, honest conversations about living life a little differently. Fiona’s podcast is one of my all-time favourites. She covers a really wide range of different topics but regardless of what she’s talking about each week the podcast always sucks me in . A few of my faves:
S2/E3: Kare Leigh Ford on Making Money from Making If you’re after real talk on what it’s like to make money in a handmade business this is a must-listen.
S2/E2: Rachel Ellis on Mental Health This episode really struck a chord with me because of my own struggle with anxiety. Fiona and Rachel are so honest and open about their experiences and it made me feel a lot less alone in my own mental health journey.
Power Hour - Adrienne Herbert
Adrienne is a super-energetic power house of a woman who really believes in the power of that first hour of the day to set you up for success. Her approach to life totally motivates me when I listen to this podcast. The power hour is all about diving into other people’s morning routines, daily habits and rules to live by - you can see why I’m obsessed with it already, right! Here are my favourite episodes so far:
Fiona Murden - Fiona is a Chartered Psychologist who shares some really interesting ideas on creating habits and why as humans we’re such habitual creatures.
Fearne Cotton - I loved this episode for Fearne’s realistic outlook on life and prioritising the things that make you feel good each day. Although Fearne has the best intentions for doing everything in her daily routine that helps to set her up for the day it’s always with the understanding that it’s not possible to get right every single day, and that’s OK!
On The Make Podcast - Josephine Brooks
Yup, of course I’m going to include my own podcast because it’s created specifically for anyone who’s building a creative business on the side of a day job, or being a full time mum. It’s a mixture of inspiring stories from business owners and on various topics that all make up part of building a business on the side of other commitments. Here are a few of the most popular episodes so far:
Ep 18 Creating the lifestyle you want and taking your side-hustle full time with Jessica Rose Williams -In this episode I chat to Jessica about her experience of taking her side-hustle full time. Since starting her minimal lifestyle blog in 2017 Jessica has been growing her business on the side of her job. In the summer of 2018 she decided to take her side-hustle to the next level and now helps people live simpler and more creative lives, full time.
Ep 27 On finding inspiration and fostering your creativity with Barbora Kurcova - Barbora’s Instagram account is one of my favourites, full of creativity and inspired ideas. In this episode I chat to Barbora about how she finds the time for her side-hustle alongside her full time 9-5. We also talk creative photography and I get Barb’s tips on creating self-portraits.
Ep 29 - A planning and productivity philosophy for side-hustlers - This episode is essentially a dive into 4 of my core vales around planning and productivity with some tips on where to get started in each of these areas.
Blogtacular - Kat Molesworth
A podcast full of actionable tips on blogging, marketing and hearing stories about how other makers and designers have grown their business. Kat asks all the right questions and her guests always provide so much value. I've recently found the episode on Pinterest really helpful for upping my Pinterest game. Here are a few of my faves:
Episode 22 - Getting pricing right with Zeena Shah - This isn't just an episode about pricing (although those bits are super interesting and informative. Zeena shares her story around how she grew her screen printing business in a really organic way.
Episode 33 - Marketing Without the Ickiness with Kayte Ferris - this episode is full of so much actionable content and value. Kayte talks through her tips on how you can talk about your products and sell without feeling that awkward, icky feeling.
Episode 35 - Scaling a Creative Business with Tilly Walnes - When I started sewing my own clothes I used Tilly's super simple sewing patterns so I've been following Tilly's business for years. Tilly and the Buttons has always had a really clear mission and consistent brand style which has all been part of Tilly's incredible success.
Hashtag Authentic - Sara Tasker
I adore Sara’s podcast because it makes you feel like you’re joining Sara at her kitchen table for a friendly chat and a cup of tea. Not only are her episodes easy listening but I like the mixture of useful nuggets of information and the insight to other people’s journey’s of making a living by doing what they love - no matter how bizarre other people might think it might be. A few of my favourite episodes are:
On really, actually trying with Sarah Von Bargen - "it's much easier to hide in the half-arsed effort than actually try. Because, when you actually try, then you can actually fail." This episode talks about what it is to go out there and be vulnerable and Sarah shares some really practical tips around focusing on one thing at a time to improve and grow your business
How to stop playing small with Tara Mohr - This episode was filled with a-ha moments for me and is worth a listen if there's even an inkling inside you that you're playing small
In Good Company - Otegha Uwagba
A podcast stuffed with really engaging, in-depth conversations between Otegha and her guests who share practical advice and fresh ideas on business and life. You might also recognise Otegha as the author of the Little Black Book which I have also included in my post on The Best Books for Side-Hustlers.
Ep 007 Personal Brands and confidence with Emma Gannon - Emma and Otegha dig into the pros and cons of having a side-hustle and why side-hustlers shouldn’t call themselves freelancers.
Ep016 Emotional Labour & Office Housework with Gemma Hartly - A really interesting discussion on the concept of emotional labour and why ‘likability’ is still a big factor for women in the workforce.
The Janet Murray Show - Janet Murray
Packed with PR and marketing tips that are super actionable Janet’s podcast episodes also come with a sprinkling of tough love (which sometime we all need). Janet does a mixture of interview and solo shows but both are always packed with actionable tips and tricks to improve your marketing and press coverage. A couple I’ve really enjoyed:
Episode 197 - How to build a thriving online community with Emily Quinton from Makelight - Emily has some really practical and down to earth tips on how to build a community that is genuinely engaged with you and your products.
Episode 129 - How to use Pinterest to grow your business with Melyssa Griffin - using Pinterest is one of the best ways of getting traffic to your blog or shop. This episode has loads of actionable tips on where to get started with Pinterest for business.
The lifestyle edit podcast - Naomi Mdudu
A podcast of candid conversations with female business owners who share their successes, failures and journeys to building a business and finding their version of success. I love how honest and value-packed all of the interviews are on this podcast, pulling back the curtain on the reality of building a business and the hurdles we all face along the way.
How to intentionally create an abundance mindset with Ayla Khosroshahi - abundance mindset is something I’ve been digging into a lot more recently. Every time I see another mentor or online course pop up in an email or instagram feed i’m prone to getting a knot in my tummy - because I’ve not got this abundance mindset sorted.
How to outsource and create systems with Mandi Holmes - This is a great episode if you’re a side-hustler who’s really struggling for time. This episode takes you through figuring out what tasks you could be outsourcing in your business and how you can also set up systems so that you can focus your precious time on the stuff you really love to do in your business.
Courage and Spice - Sas Petherick
Sas is the queen of transcending self doubt. We all know that the journey of growing a business is an emotional roller coaste. Sas’ podcast lets you in on other people’s journeys of managing their self doubt, touching on lots of different areas where self-doubt can hold you back and how to manage that negative voice in your head. A couple of episodes I LOVED:
Episode 26 - How to take up space online with Ray Dodd - this episode really gave me a kick up the butt to stop worrying about my make-up-free face and get my face online.
Episode 24 - How to talk about money with Bari Tessler - an honest interview about money, gave me some really big things to ponder on.
Make it happen - Jen Carrington
Jen’s podcast episodes are a mix up of encouraging pep talks and inspiring stories about other people’s journeys to choose more in their lives by make a living doing what they love and creating an authentic lifestyle. It’s nice to know you’re not alone in finding building your own business an emotional roller coaster. I find Jen’s interviews with other creatives really inspiring and honest. A couple of my faves:
On not owning other people's crap - "we can loose so much time and energy by taking ownership of other people's fears, criticisms, insecurities, judgements and opinions" This episode is a short little pep talk on why you don't need to take on board other people's crap. If you're feeling stuck or if you're hanging onto someone's criticism of your work, here's an episode for you.
Living and working in seasons - Another short episode and useful reminder that we can't be at 100% productivity 100% of the time, there will be seasons of hustle, struggle and rest in your work. If you're kicking yourself for having a slow day or feel like you're in a struggle phase this is a great listen.
Jen also has interview episodes with inspiring creatives who are really honest with telling their stories by sharing the downs as well as the ups, always a great listen.
Nature & Nourish - Becky Cole
Full of take home tips on how to live a slower more natural life. I've found it super important to slow down and stop chasing the actions on my to do list constantly - this is a great place to start if you're looking for ways to slow down as well. If you're interested in creating more of an authentic lifestyle where you can live more naturally and in rhythm with nature, this is the place to go. Becky is a mum, artist, farmers wife and expert on natural living. She lets you on her slow living tips and how you can live a more natural life guided by the seasons. Some favourite episodes:
Episode 4 - Green beauty with Louise Dartford (also read this blog post on Becky's website covering the same topic)
Episode 3 - Natural Cleaning 101 - Becky talks through how you can make your own non-toxic cleaning products for your home
Also, look out for Becky's Nature's guides to... - Each month Becky does a podcast on what to lookout for in the month ahead. Great for learning about what food is in season and what to look forward to in nature over the coming weeks.
Wanna Be - Imriel Morgan
Short and sweet episodes covering lots of topics around business and careers. I met Imriel at Blogtacular as she was doing a talk on podcasting - she inspired me to start my own podcast On The Make and I’ve been enjoying her episodes too ever since meeting her. A few of my favourite episodes
How to tackle the comparison trap with Prisca Moyesa - in this episode they dig into online comparison and how blogging and social media has changed over the last few years. This got me thinking about scheduling in a digital detox or at least a no-Instagram Sunday to help reduce my time online.
How to turn your ideas into reality with Prisca Moyesa - this chat between Imriel and Prisca covers a few really useful tips for anyone who’s working on making their idea a reality. They talk about setting up a workspace that will help to boost your productivity, taking on constructive feedback and how to get around procrastination.
What She Said - Lucy Lucraft
Dig into the archives for lots of actionable advice on SEO, Pinterest and blogging. Lucy also has really honest and inspiring conversations with other creative business owners who are on their own journey to creating a lifestyle they love. A couple of goodies:
Season 1 Episode 10 - Talking Pinterest and changing your blog's focus - packed with Instagram tips which is a platform all makers and designers can use to their advantage. If you want some tips on where to start with Pinterest this is a great podcast episode to listen to
Season 2 Episode 22 - Why you should start a podcast - if you're interested in starting your own podcast, this is a great episode full of tips and inspiration
Being Boss Podcast - Emily Thompson & Kathleen Shannon
The place to go for no BS advice on running a business and the odd tough love pep-talk.I can get addicted to the Being Boss podcast. I started listening to it after listening to their audio book (also called Being Boss). The two interviews below are a couple of my all-time favourites.
Episode 168 - Money, mindset and energy with Danetha Doe - a great real-talk episode about money covering personal and business spending habits. If you've got a niggling feeling that you're not on top of your finances, listen to this podcast immediately!
Episode 132 - Maker boss with Nicole Bisby - This is such an inspiring episode, Nicole has grown an incredibly successful business making candles (an area that a lot of people would say was already saturated) by starting before she was ready and growing slowly.
Grow with soul - Kayte Ferris of Simple & Season
It’s fair to say that Kayte is a bit of a genius when it comes to slow marketing. I love her ethos of growing slowly and with purpose, this is a theme that runs through each episode. This podcast is full of tips and ideas for growing your business slowly and dolefully. A few of my favourites are:
Ep 06 The Two Foundations Of Marketing: Your Why & Who - this is basically the foundation of Kayte Marketing manifesto and it’s the best place to start if you’re working on taking that nagging idea you’ve got and making it into a business.
Ep 20 Planning & Productivity with Josephine Brooks - Yup, I’m including my episode of Kayte’s podcast. I know, who am I!? but I’ve had a lot of feedback from people who found my tips on productivity and my planning process useful so it’s made the cut ;)
Ep.18 Side-Hustling, Balance and Believing In Your Work with Supal Desai- I met Supal at Blogtacular and let me tell you, she is one of the most highly productive, kind hearted, bass ass women I’ve ever met. I love what she says in this episode about not treating your side-hustle as a something small and insignificant on the side.
Letters from a hopeful creative - Jen Carrington & Sara Tasker
A weekly a pep talk and gentle reminder that you're not alone in your worries and woes as you grow your creative business. The format of each episode takes the shape of Jen and Sara answering questions sent in from hopeful creatives on all sorts of topics covering growing a business, creativity, social media and self-doubt. Some of my favourites are:
Ep 8 Let’s talk about pricing and knowing your worth - a lot of us struggle with this so if you’re working on pricing up new products or you already know you struggle with charging your worth this is a must-listen.
Ep 9 What do I charge for and what do I give away for free - I get this question a lot from clients and people on my course Make a Plan. This episode is a great starting point to figuring our your answer to this question.
Ep 15 Building your creative business alongside a day job - One for the side-hustlers!