10 Career-Focused Podcasts For Those Searching For Side Hustle Inspiration

It's time to get inspired

For some, this year has thrown enough curveballs to last a lifetime. But for others, 2020 has brought over the need for a sea change—career-wise, that is.

Whether you’re looking to switch jobs or turn your entire career path on its head, there’s no better time to get inspired and set the wheels in motion for the next year.

Luckily, there is a treasure trove of podcasts that are here to help you navigate your career and turn your side hustle into a reality, sans the networking.

Before you start applying to every job on offer, try listening to some of the best career-focused podcasts streaming right now for some guidance.

Below, we’ve rounded up our favourite career-driven podcasts for those needing a spark of inspiration.

1. Ctrl Alt Delete with Emma Gannon

Hosted by Emma Gannon, Ctrl Alt Delete features interviews with leaders across a variety of industries. If you’re looking for some career inspiration, you can expect refreshing chats with guests that focus not only their career trajectories, but social media, feminism, and the internet.

Listen here.

2. How I Built This with Guy Raz

Losing hope on making your big break? NPR’s Guy Raz hosts a weekly podcast that shares the humble stories about the world’s biggest brands and the CEOs behind them. Tracing a company’s origin story to its roots, Raz leaves no stone unturned when questioning creators about every detail on their company’s growth. While it’s not an advice-driven podcast, it’s a refreshing dose of inspiration for those who’ve lost motivation.

Listen here.

3. Offline, The Podcast with Alison Rice

Hosted by career coach, Alison Rice, Offline is a series of honest conversations with the people behind our favourite Instagram accounts and the teachers who help us on our way. Rice and her guests get real about life, failures and success for those leading in their industry. Past guests include Goop‘s Elise Loehnen and fashion designer Anine Bing.

Listen here.

4. Switch, Pivot or Quit with Ahyiana Angel

Ahyiana Angel’s podcast focuses on practical advice for those looking to switch career paths. A former sports entertainment publicist, Angel’s career transitioned into becoming a book author. Meaning that she is the perfect person to listen to for motivation, inspiration, and advice.

Listen here.

5. How To Fail with Elizabeth Day

Hosted by former columnist and writer Elizabeth Day, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, Day brings in a new interviewee to explore what their failures taught them about how to succeed better. If you’re feeling down-and-out or are just looking for the brighter side, How To Fail should be your next go-to.

Listen here.

6. Starving Artist

We all know the stereotype of the “starving artist”. And while many artists do struggle to make a living, there are a select few who are able to survive solely off their creative works. If you’re looking to turn your artistic side hustle into a full-time career, this podcast dives into the financial side of creativity and success and offers pointers worth noting down.

Listen here.

7. Goal Digger Podcast

Entrepreneur and business consultant Jenna Kutcher hosts Goal Digger, a podcast all about marketing, social media, money, branding, and more. The podcast often includes discussions with other resident experts and covers topics that include the importance of taking time off and pivoting your career path.

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8. Raising The Bar with Alli and Adrian

Raising The Bar with Alli and Adrian

Co-hosted by Alli Webb, creator and CEO of DryBar, this entrepreneur-focused podcast boasts a line-up of inspirational guests to talk about how they got to where there are today—including every mistake they made along the way. Previous guests on the podcast include celebrity lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Laura Wasser, super-influencer Chriselle Lim, and celebrity nutritionist Kelly Leveque. 

Listen here.

9. Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso

Want to hear honest conversations with trailblazing women? Look no further than Girlboss Radio. Hosted by CEO and founder Sophia Amoruso and Editor in chief and COO of Girlboss, Neha Gandhi, they go deep on what it takes to build a successful career or grow a business with staying power—all while living life on your own terms.

Listen here.

10. Being Boss with Emily Thompson

Landing your dream job in a creative field can feel tricky. Hosted by Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon, Being Boss mixes fresh ideas with strategies and systems that actually work. An exploration of what it takes to be boss as a creative business owner, freelancer, or side-hustler, they explore the mindsets, habits, and tactics of harnessing your creative ambitions and embracing the adventure of starting and growing your own business so that you can make money doing work you love.

Listen here.

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