Podcasts are my main source of education these days. It used to be books, or online articles – but since having Orla and starting my business I’ve found it increasingly hard to find the time (and, er, to stay awake long enough) to just sit and read. Enter, the podcast.
I listen while I drive. I listen while I cook, and edit photos, and take walks, and put the laundry away. I enjoy it so much that I find myself taking the longer route home or tackling unnecessary household tasks just so I can keep listening!
& because my time is precious and I’m a crazy-obsessivedriven personality, 95% of my podcast playlists are work-related. I realise that sounds insanely dull, but with the following recommendations, it feels more like catching up with your business-besties for coffee and world domination planning! I find it’s a great way to start my day after dropping Orla, and really gets me motivated and in the right head space to tackle my to do list.
Here are my current faves.
7 podcasts for online creatives
I was first introduced to this podcast by my friend Helen, an illustrator and children’s book author. On paper neither of us is exactly the target audience for Tara’s work, which is officially more targeted at handmade businesses for crafters. If like me and Helen that isn’t quite what you do, don’t be dissuaded. Tara’s mix of soulful, heartfelt advice with practical tips for actually making money is a rare and special combination. Plus sometimes you hear her dogs in the background, which is extra cute!
This is the ‘meatiest’ podcast on my sub list, and I confess there are some days where I feel a little overwhelmed by it. But on capable days it gives me a firm kick up the arse, and plenty of fresh ideas and perspectives on how to make my business seriously profitable, right now.
Elise is the creator of the Get to Work book planner I mention in this post, and a successful pro blogger in the crafting sector. Her podcast is great for anyone trying to make their blog based business into something bigger, and is a nice calm and chatty listen to start the day.
Janet’s a journalist and editor who’s written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post and many more. She coaches creatives and businesses on how to get exposure for your business in the press, and her podcast takes a wider view and looks at how to promote your business effectively wherever you are. It’s a different angle that nobody else really covers, and there’s tons of useful, in-depth info in her episodes.
As I’ve mentioned before, Jen was my creative coach when I was first building my blog into a business, and she’s now a friend. Neither of those are the reason I’m recommending her podcast to you though – it is simply one of the most heartfelt, inspiring and motivating things I’ve ever listened to, and I thoroughly urge you to tune in. It’s somewhere between a self help book, therapy session and a chat with your best friend – often in bite-sized ‘mini episode’ chunks that I find perfect for a coffee break or rest from the screen.
First up I’m just really mad that I didn’t think of the title first. Coffee analogies + coffee graphics! And they have ‘Friday coffee talk’ and ‘extra shots’. Damn these brilliant women. But I can forgive them, in time, because it’s such a great podcast. Geared entirely around the notion of success, and what that means and looks like to the modern woman, Danielle & Jen serve up a twice-weekly perspective on all things business, living and creativity. Working for yourself can be a lonely business, & their more informal Friday coffee talk episodes are great company if I’m feeling isolated. I just wish I could join in the conversation!
and coming soon…
7. Hashtag Authentic with me, Sara Tasker!
I’m putting the finishing touches to my new monthly podcast, where we’ll talk about all things Instagram, blogging and beyond. I’d love you to listen in (omg what if nobody listens in??) – if you’d like a quick email when the first episode is live, click here, or on the image below.
PS – I’m having total commitment issues with the Podcast name (should it be The Insta Chat? But what about all the things I have to say that are not just for Instagram??) so if it turns up in your inbox with a totally different title, just know it’s still the same show! 😉