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Alexandra Cain
Business Journalist

Alexandra Cain writes regularly for the small business sections of The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review

Alexandra Cain
Business Journalist

Alexandra Cain writes regularly for the small business sections of The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review

The internet holds all the knowledge of the human race, but how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? We’ve collated our favourite podcasts for SMBs.

Small business operators are often so caught up in running their own business, but there are simple ways to ensure you’re keeping up-to-date with the latest business trends and developments. One of the easiest is podcasts.

Podcasts give businesses the flexibility to listen to expert views when they want, on the device they want. Whether it’s in your car, while exercising or in your (albeit probably limited) spare time, 30 minutes a day to listening, can deliver a fresh source of ideas and inspiration for your business. Here are our recommendations for the best podcasts on the planet.

Man holding coffee and ipad

Entrepreneur on fire

US start-up guru John Lee Dumas interviews emerging entrepreneurs in Entrepreneur on Fire, about how they got to where they are today, lessons they have learned along the way and the steps they had to take to be successful. The idea is to take their business lessons and apply them to your own company. It’s a great way of learning from others’ mistakes to help you reduce the number of business blunders you make.

Small business big marketing

Small Business Big Marketing is all about very practical lessons from people working at the coal face of small business. Hosted by Tim Reid, the podcasts include interviews with people like Ashley Wilson, who founded discount variety store chain Shiploads, on how to build a successful business and Telstra Business Woman of the Year Tina Tower on getting free publicity. Episodes include very practical lessons for all business owners that can be easily applied to their operations.

This Week In Startups

This Week In Startups looks at the best, worst and most interesting startups on the market, with a focus on technology. Chock full of strategies from Silicon Valley and beyond, TWIST’s guests are regularly top tier talent, while Jason Calacanis brings a wealth of expertise to ensure the analysis is incisive and valuable.

BBC World Business Report

BBC World Business Report is a daily podcast about economic conditions in global markets and what’s happening on Wall Street. It’s not as practical as some other blogs, but it’s one of the best ways to get an early warning signal about macro trends like emerging political and global market events that could have the potential to impact Australian business conditions. In Australia, Alan Kohler’s Inside Business video podcast is also worth keeping an eye on.

The $100 MBA

As the name suggests, The $100 MBA comes with a subscription fee, but the concept is brilliant: there’s no need to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an MBA if you don’t need the formal qualification, when you can get the same information in bite sized chunks through a 10 minute podcast. You also get access to workbooks and notes as part of the fee, as well as a community of dedicated followers of the blog. The idea is to use the very practical tips to turn your business into a leaner, more profitable machine.

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