If you’re new to entrepreneurship or you’re considering starting a business, learning from the pros is a key part of the process. We’ve all been there— consuming content from our role models, binge-reading finance books, learning new productivity hacks, and brainstorming the best possible ways to create a solid business model.

Whatever beginning stages you’re currently in, podcasts are a great way to learn the lessons of other entrepreneurs who’ve mastered their business every step of the way. At Being Boss, we love sharing expert conversations that apply to creative businesses of all types to help you become the best boss you can be.

Here are some of our favorite podcast episodes every baby boss needs to listen to when first starting their entrepreneur life.

1. Launching and Running a Debt-Free Business

You don’t need to go into debt when launching a business. Investing in a startup is necessary, but that doesn’t mean you need to bury yourself in debt. In this episode, Emily Thompson of Being Boss and Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative discuss their experiences and practical resources for avoiding debt in the initial stages of entrepreneurship.

You’ll learn:

  • Various mindsets about money and debt
  • What to invest in first (especially if you’re not a developer or designer)
  • How to start your own business and allow yourself to wing it
  • What to consider before investing in something

If you want to launch a debt-free company that lasts, don’t miss this excellent discussion on all things money and investment priorities.

2. Creating a Business Model for Success

You know what you want. You know what your business is going to offer. Now you need a business model that will help you build a legacy business. This episode is all about how to come up with a business model from scratch, featuring Emily Thompson and Tara McMullin. Tara is the CEO and founder of What Works, a top-ranked podcast. The two discuss how small businesses can scale up, develop successful processes, and solve problems.

You’ll learn:

  • How to specifically define a business model
  • The difference between wanting to make more money and making “enough”
  • Ways you can reach the goals you’ve set for success
  • The power in applying what you learn and just doing it

This is a motivational episode for any boss in need of a new or updated business model. Be sure to take notes.

3. Launching Before You’re Ready

Sometimes, waiting for the perfect timing means you’ll be waiting forever. There is no perfect time to launch, so you might need a push to start before you’re ready! In this episode, leaders at Being Boss talk with Merideth VanSant, a yoga studio founder and creative business entrepreneur. Both of them share their journeys of overcoming fear, valuing clients, and the process of getting out of corporate jobs.

You’ll learn:

  • Tips for creating a startup in a saturated market
  • How client-listening can be one of the most helpful tools in business
  • Steps to overcome fears of failure and inadequacy
  • Pitching yourself for both business and philanthropy

Here’s the podcast you need if you’re struggling with perfectionism. It’s time to embrace the unknown and finally go for it.

4. Goal Setting: The Chalkboard Method

If you need a step-by-step guide on how to make more money and track your business goals, you need to learn The Chalkboard Method. Getting visual and laying everything out helps add some inspiration to your vision and lets you see the trackable goals you need to achieve.

You’ll learn:

  • New ideas on how to start a business
  • How to deal with fears around goal-setting
  • The importance of revising and reframing existing goals
  • How tracking can help you attract what you and your business need to level up

This is the perfect episode for anyone who wants to get better at applying the big picture to the smaller, tactical steps.

5. Tips for Creating a Business Plan

Many business newbs fail because they don’t know how to plan properly. Thankfully, with the right tools, anyone can break down their dreams into an actual business plan. In this episode, Emily shares her tips for doing so with the help of a highly effective template from Freshbooks.

You’ll learn:

  • How to benefit from an actual business plan
  • The detailed breakdown of every section you’ll need to plan out
  • What your skills, products, competition, and marketing all have to be centered around for ultimate success

Don’t miss this episode if you’re struggling to move forward in your new business.

6. How You Can Build Your Business to Scale

Maybe you’re fairly new to business and it’s starting to finally grow. That’s great! Now it’s time to scale your business, which means you need efficient operations in place to handle large growth. Here, Emily chats with Alicia Butler Pierre, founder of Equilibria and Business Infrastructure, Inc., about all things profit.

You’ll learn:

  • How setting up business infrastructure and operations will help you scale your business
  • Mindsets and habits to experience profitable growth
  • Small business tips for scaling and leveling up
  • Organization and task management

If you’re ready to grow more than ever before, take the time to learn from this priceless conversation between two strong businesswomen who made success happen.

7. All About Pricing and Money Management

Most startups fail because they run out of money. And people run out of money when they’re not managing it properly. To learn all about pricing, money management, and finances when starting a business, listen to this episode where Being Boss leaders help reframe common money mindsets.

You’ll learn:

  • How to track your money in business
  • Pricing your product or service
  • Options for credit cards and paying off debt
  • Planning for retirement
  • Tips for strategizing launches for profit

Get your money in shape so you can be the creative entrepreneur you can be.

8. Finding the Confidence to Invest in Your Business

If you’re an entrepreneur who’s serious about success, there will likely come a time when investing in your business is what will take it to the next level. Emily of Being Boss and Talia Chai, beauty/wellness coach and founder of Primer Wellness, discuss investing in business throughout this episode.

You’ll learn:

  • How to invest in yourself and your business the right way
  • What to expect when making big investments in your business
  • How to plan an investment project
  • Advice on sleep, health, and fitness for busy, creative entrepreneurs

This might be the episode you needed to hear if you’re considering some type of investment to level up.

9. Developing Your Signature Program in Your Business

Thinking about creating a signature program or course? There’s a process to developing it before the official launch. In this episode, Emily interviews Maya Gaddie, a professional business coach who helps female entrepreneurs become established leaders. They discuss what it takes to offer a thriving signature offer online.

You’ll learn:

  • What elements you’ll need to develop your signature program
  • How to launch, market, and deliver your signature offers
  • Types of failures you can expect to address with new programs
  • How to implement other products or services into courses you provide

If you’re a teacher or coach, this episode will help you start planning for your next program and get you set up to effectively help future clients.

10. Why You Need Better Business Contracts

Many new business owners avoid making contracts because they seem grueling or unnecessary. But the truth is, contracts can make or break your client relationships and your income! In this podcast episode, Emily talks with Christina Scalera, business lawyer and creator of The Contract Shop, about how to improve business contracts.

You’ll learn:

  • Why contracts are so important for business owners, freelancers, and entrepreneurs
  • Setting up Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions on your website
  • What you should include in your business contracts
  • Different types of contracts you might need

Get on the right track and avoid potential legal pitfalls by optimizing your contracts, thanks to the advice in this episode.

So there you have it: some of the best podcast episodes to help you learn how to start your own business. Let us know what you learned, and remember to keep doing the work.

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