The Best Podcasts for side-hustlers + My Favourite Episodes

The best podcasts and episodes for side-hustlers, Creative business podcasts, Handmade business podcasts, Creative business advice, Creative business content

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 high time to share my favourite shows and episodes with you in the extensive guide!

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 speaks to people with all sorts of

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.

Mug and weekly to do list

Blogtacular - Kat Molesworth

The place to go for: 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. 

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

The place to go for: practical tips and inspiring stories behind the success of other creatives, making their own way.

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 faves:

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

 The Janet Murray Show - Janet Murray

The place to go for: PR and marketing tips that are super actionable with a touch of tough love - because sometimes we all need that!

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 few of my faves:

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.

Courage and Spice - Sas Petherick

The place to go for: Transcending your self doubt!

Sas is the queen of managing 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 few of my faves:

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

The place to go for: 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.

Sometimes 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 few 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

The place to go for: 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

A few of my faves:

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.

What She Said - Lucy Lucraft

The place to go for: Honest conversations about creative business.

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 few of my faves:

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 my all-time favourites. 

A few of my faves:

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.

Weekly planner and cup of tea on a rustic table

And a few new kids on the block as of this week that I'm already loving

Grow with soul - Kayte Ferris of Simple & Season

The place to go for: Slow marketing tips for your creative business

I did some coaching with Kayte Ferris earlier this year because she really knows her sh*t when it comes to slow marketing, I also love her ethos of growing slowly and with purpose. Although this podcast is a baby, I know it's going to be a good one!


Letters from a hopeful creative - Jen Carrington & Sara Tasker

The place to go for: a pep talk and a reminder that you're not alone in your worries and woes as you grow your creative business

I'm loving that two of my favourite people from the digital world have teamed up to host this podcast. The format takes the shape of Jen and Sara answering letters sent into them about all of the worries and woes that crop up when you're growing a creative business. I've already binged on the first three episodes and I can't wait for more.

On The Make Podcast - Josephine Brooks

The place to go for: Inspiring stories from other makers and designers on growing a creative business and practical tips on finding your focus and project planning for your business.

Launching on the 16th July. I'm so excited to announce this as it's been in the pipeline for a while. I can't wait to share it with you! It's a mixture of solo shows and interviews, all focused on sharing tips and advice on all areas of running your own creative business as a maker or designer.

The trailer is already live so you can subscribe now to automatically download my full episodes when they go out. You can listen and subscribe here.

On The Make podcast with Josephine Brooks

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