5 business podcasts for 2020


2nd January, 2020

Five business podcasts for a more productive commute

Get more out of each morning by listening to these brilliant business podcasts on your ride to work.

It’s hardly a secret that podcasts are the new radio.

The audio format is growing, with ABC’s 2019 Podcast Survey finding 30 percent of Australians listen to a podcast monthly.

That’s a number that only looks set to increase as the medium finds more mainstream appeal.

And while comedy and true crime are the most popular genres, it’s not just entertainment out there – there’s a healthy appetite for informative and educational content.

After all, what better way to make the most of your commute than by gaining insights and honing your skills?

With that in mind, we’ve put together five of our favourite business podcasts aimed at owners, managers and entrepreneurs of all kinds. It’s a mix of inspiration and information from at home and abroad.

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And of course, we feel it’s only fair to add our SUCCESS: The Podcast into the mix (a 10-part series which sees us ask a range of diverse personalities the deceptively simple question: “Are you successful?”)

So whether you’re a tradie or own a cafe, looking for some practical tips, motivation or straight up inspiration – there’ll be something in this list to make you want to hit ‘subscribe’.

The Hospopreneurs

If you work in hospitality – from front-of-house all the way to the back-end supply chain, there’s something for you in James Henderson’s Hospopreneurs.

Each episode is an informative Q&A with a diverse range of industry figures – from craft brewers to catering companies through to app developers and legal experts.

And with 70-plus episodes under the belt, there’s a lot of insights, nuggets and downright interesting stories to delve into.

Henderson has a focus on innovators and creative types within the industry, which, combined with his informed but not in your face approach to interviewing, results in some fascinating listening. If hospitality is your world,

Hospopreneurs is a great way to stay on top of the latest trends and significant developments.


Rework, a podcast by the team from Basecamp promises to offer a better way to work and run your business.

Basecamp, if you’re not familiar, is a remote workforce productivity tool/way of life espoused by founder Jason Fried, whose book It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work questions a lot of the ‘norms’ of modern business, like endless meetings and email chains.

If cutting through this chatter and focusing on productivity sounds like your cup of tea, you should give Rework a listen.

With episode titles like ‘The Open Office’ and ‘The Worst Performance Review’ along with a sustained focus on remote work as well as the impact of tech and digital on business, this one is well worth a listen.

How I Built This

If you’re into your business origin tales, then Guy Raz has the podcast for you.

Billed as the podcast that ‘drives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies’, US-based Raz’s style is both informative and story-driven, resulting in a podcast that makes you feel inspired as you learn.

Featuring founders including the likes of Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Selina Tobaccowala (Evite) and even James Dyson (Dyson), here’s a podcast that’s got an eye for the entrepreneurial.

Lady Startup

If you’re looking for something akin to How I Built This but with more of a local, fem-forward flavour, then Lady Startup from Mamamia is the podcast to get listening to in 2020.

Hosted by Rachel Corbett, each episode features ‘some of the most inspiring and successful female entrepreneurs’ with an aim of revealing how they ideated, launched and grew their respective businesses into the successful enterprises they are today.

Featured speakers include Ronni Kahn (OzHarvest), Kate Morris (Adore Beauty) and Melanie Perkins (Canva).

Tradies in Business

This one does exactly what it says on the tin. Tradies in Business is for tradies, by tradies.

Hosted by trade-focused financial advisors and business coaches Warrick Bidwell and Nicole Cox, Tradies in Business is all about providing targeted tips and developing skills that are relevant to people who work with power tools.

From advice on topics like how to avoid problem clients and when to raise your rates through to interviews with industry insiders and external experts on a range of useful topics.

Equal parts big picture and targeted, practical tips, this one is a must if you run your own trades-based business.