Women own nearly 40 percent of all U.S. businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. While that percentage continues to grow, there’s been a recognition in recent years that women entrepreneurs face their own unique challenges—from balancing entrepreneurship with motherhood to overcoming stereotypes.
A good way to learn new business strategies, avoid pitfalls and get inspired is to listen to podcasts for—and by—women entrepreneurs. In honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, here are some podcasts worth checking out:
Entrepreneurs Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, who each run a business—a small-business design consultancy and a branding agency, respectively—“talk shop” every week. With more than 5 million downloads since launching in early 2015, the Being Boss podcast tackles issues from having hard conversations with co-founders and employees to creating digital boundaries.
Learn new business strategies, avoid pitfalls and get inspired by listening to podcasts for—and by—women entrepreneurs.
Business strategist and coach Natalie Eckdahl hosts the weekly BizChix podcast focused on helping women entrepreneurs grow their business. Eckdahl interviews other female entrepreneurs on topics ranging from financial management, such as hiring a bookkeeper or CFO, to content marketing and social media to work-life balance.
She Did It Her Way
Every entrepreneur has a story. The She Did It Her Way podcast features a different female entrepreneur every week discussing a challenge she overcame to build her business.
In search of less stress and more balance? ZenFounder podcast hosts Sherry Walling, a clinical psychologist, and her husband Rob Walling decode the psychological challenges of entrepreneurship, such as coping with stress and loneliness and staying motivated through rough patches.
Women Taking the Lead
Host Jodi Flynn challenges women business owners to call out their struggles and forget about perfectionism. Her Women Taking the Lead podcast features topics such as Type A personalities, resolving conflict and personal branding.
Straight talk wins at Girlboss Radio, where creator Sophia Amoruso—who started the clothing company Nasty Gal—and other entrepreneurs talk about the realities of being a female business owner.
Jenna Kutcher’s podcast Goal Digger covers everything from social media marketing and hiring strategies for women-owned businesses to balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom.
Making and managing money is a big factor in a company’s success. Farnoosh Torabi provides tips for growing revenues—and overall financial health—in her podcast So Money
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