Diana Kelly Levey

Podcasts That Help My Freelance Business

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September 29, 2019

When I need a break from writing freelance articles, interviewing sources and emailing editors and clients, I love to listen to freelance writing podcasts as well as a few other categories. I’ll go on a walk outside (usually with the dog) and listen to a podcast that teaches me something or gives me fresh insights into a new topic.

I used to mainly listen to podcasts in the business, personal finance, or productivity, and health genres, but, as the podcasting world has grown (ad revenue is expected to have 1,000% growth by 2020!) I add more podcasts about freelancing, content marketing and the business of freelancing when I find some I like.

Listening to podcasts for freelancers while walking my dog or running errands and driving helps me feel productive, and I try to pick up some interview tips from the podcast hosts.

If you’d like to learn more about how I got started with freelance writing and hear some of my best freelance writing tips for success, listen to the podcasts where I appeared as a guest, including Wellpreneur and Alex Cespedes’ Or So I Thought podcasts. Want to chat about having me on your podcast as a guest? Reach out here.

Podcasts for Freelancers This Freelance Writer Recommends Listening To

(Updated September 2019!)

Before Breakfast

Productivity guru Laura Vankerkam shares “bite-size” tips to help you start your day off on the right foot. In a 5-minute or so podcast, she’ll address new habits, productivity tips, organizational insights and much more. I like that it’s a feel-good way to start the day and this podcast for freelancers provides me with advice I can take action on that day. Get Vanderkam’s morning habits and those of other organized people here.

NPR Up First

While I’m doing other things in the morning, like making coffee and breakfast, I’m listening to a quick glimpse into the news cycle and the most important things in news, politics and pop culture to know and keep in mind for the day. Learn more about morning routines of freelance writers.

Her Money

Personal finance journalist Jean Chatzky interviews male and female authors, enterepreneurs and personal finance experts about business and money topics. These personal finance podcasts usually drop on Wednesdays and include their ‘mailbog’ reader questions at the end of the podcast. I get ideas for personal finance topics and potential article sources to interview for future articles while listening.

The Dave Ramsey Show

Dave Ramsey is a personal finance guru known for his aversion to debt. While I enjoy hearing Ramsey’s personal takes on the financial news and current events, I’m most entertained by hearing callers’ personal stories. Listening to anecdotes that run the gamut from divorce, death, losing a job, and trying to pay off tons of student loan debt from every corner of the country makes me feel very grateful for my own life and that I get to be a freelancer working a job I love that pays well. It also helps me stay focused on my financial goals and often keeps me from winding up in a store while on a walk! I also find it inspiring to hear stories of triumph about families with small children and one income buckling down and paying off debt, building up savings, and feeling relief with this personal finances. (In this article, I interview Ramsey’s daughter, Rachel Cruze, and other personal finance experts about how to reach your money goals.)

The Jordan Harbinger Show

I started listening to Jordan Harbinger’s podcast a few years ago when he was with another company, The Art of Charm. At that time, a lot of the interviews and discussions were about relationships and self-improvement in the lens of finding or building a great relationship. With his new show, Harbinger’s podcasts have evolved into high-caliber interviews and I enjoy listening to his discussions with guests, which tend to be authors and leaders across different genres who promote introspection and self-improvement.  I’ve found a lot of useful advice from the experts Harbinger interviews and often read their books.  And, the Feedback Fridays are a bit like listening to a cross between Dear Abby and Dear Polly where listeners from around the globe share their relationship, career, and personal issues.

So Money

I’m a big fan of the personal finance genre and enjoy financial journalist and author, Farnoosh Toorabi’s So Money podcast. She has interviews with experts (usually women) in the personal finance space and I find new, inspiring women to follow, businesses and books I want to read, and learn a lot about investing. She hosts Ask Farnoosh on Fridays where she addresses reader questions, usually with a co-host.  More female-led personal finance podcasts I’ve been enjoying? Afford Anything with Paula Pant, who addresses smart money decisions to make to help you lead your best life long term, and The Financial Grownup podcast with certified financial planner, Bobbi Rebell. Although these might not seem like podcasts for freelancers and podcasts for content marketers at first glance, I’m a strong believer in having a solid financial foundation in order to run a successful six-figure freelance writing business.

High-Income Business Writing Podcast

Freelance writer and coach Ed Gandia interviews freelance writers and various freelancers to learn about their successful careers, how they got to where they are now, and their advice for other freelancers. I love hearing about the different types of freelancers out there, as well as hearing that they have some of the same challenges and struggles I do. If you want to learn more about business writing as well as how to find high-paying freelance clients, Gandia’s guests have good advice on how to do that.

NPR’s Hidden Brain

The journalist and anthropology major in me loves the deep dives into a topic that host/journalist Shankar Vedantam explores in what drives human behavior. I recently listened to “The Edge of Gender” and learned why children’s clothing is divided into pink and blue hues, “Just Sex” about the hookup culture on college campuses today, and “The Ostrich Effect” which explains why we’re all checking our retirement portfolios when the stock market is doing well. I also enjoy NPR’s How I Built This.

Also on my queue?

Melanie Padgett Powers’ Deliberate Freelancer Podcast

‘She Makes Money Moves’ by Glamour and iHeartRadio

The Content Strategy Podcast

Hurdle with Emily Abbate (fellow health freelancer friend!)

I hope this is a start for your list of best podcasts for freelancers to listen to.

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