The Best Podcasts For Freelancers & 1099ers

Best Podcasts For Freelancers & 1099ers

If you’re self-employed or working as an independent contractor, the odds are good that you listen to podcasts. Over the years, podcasts have grown into one of the best sources for news and entertainment around… and I’ll tell you a little secret: They can help you make more money.

There’s a whole world of podcasts that either help self-employed people learn how to run businesses or just teach money skills in general. For those of us who might not feel comfortable talking to family or friends about money stuff, these podcasts are a great outlet. They’re also an amazing source of business ideas and professional creativity that we wouldn’t encounter otherwise.

Here are a few of Almost Millions’ favorite podcasts for freelancers, listed in alphabetical order:

The Best Podcasts For Freelancers: Personal Finance Podcasts


Bad With Money

Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

Gaby Dunn says she’s “anything but a financial expert,” but her podcast is so damn funny you’ll forget it’s supposed to be educational. Dunn (who’s been featured in Almost Millions before for her looks at the economics of YouTube stardom) speaks with guests from all different ends of the creative world–everyone from writers to comedians and beyond–about how money has impacted their lives for better or worse. Website, iTunes

Brunch & BudgetBrunch & Budget

Pamela Capalad is a financial planner whose podcast is “where personal finance & social justice intersect.” Topics for her show include everything from how to get health insurance to ways to close the racial wealth gap to becoming a creative entrepreneur. The long-lasting podcast has many episodes available for streaming and download that cover all the basics of personal finance. Website, RSS Feed

YNABYou Need A Budget

You Need A Budget is a popular personal budgeting, debt-reduction and bookkeeping software package that Almost Millions has featured before. The makers of You Need A Budget also offer a great personal finance podcast that covers the basics–things like saving, making a budget, and reducing expenses–in short, no-judgement segments that are perfect for listening to while in the car or doing housework. Website, iTunes

The Best Podcasts For Freelancers: Self-Employed Work Podcasts


The Busy CreatorThe Busy Creator

Working as a creative professional isn’t easy. Prescott Perez-Fox’s Busy Creator podcast is one of the best places to hear about creative folks talking about their jobs… and what makes them good at their job. A typical episode includes conversations with everyone from television costume designers to co-working space operators to web developers. Website, iTunes, RSS

Clients From HellClients From Hell

If you’re a freelancer, you’ve probably had some terrible clients in the past. The Clients From Hell podcast is a spinoff from a website that (yup) is all about clients from hell. Host Bryce Bladon talks with guests, who are normally other freelancers, about their biggest job fails, client nightmares… and their successes and what makes them great at what they do. Website, iTunes, RSS

Entrepreneur On FireEntrepreneur On Fire

Running your own business takes a lot of time and dedication. Entrepreneur on Fire is one of the best podcasts for entrepreneurs around, and has consistently great discussions about being the boss and building a company from scratch. Topics include everything from marketing on a budget to learning new skills to teaching yourself to be a businessperson. Website, iTunes

James Altucher ShowThe James Altucher Show

James Altucher is a hedge fund manager and author whose podcast features interviews with amazing entrepreneurs and creative types on a regular basis. Expect people with high-profile jobs (Pop singer Jewel, Russell Simmons, hotelier Chip Conley) discussing their work lives, what makes them tick, and the things that make them passionate about what they do. Website, iTunes

Side Hustle ShowThe Side Hustle Show

This show’s motto is “Your 9-5 May Make You a Living, But Your 5-9 Makes You Alive,” and it’s all about, yes… side hustles. Whether you moonlight 5-9, on the weekend, or any other part of the calendar, this show is one of the best resources around for part-time entrepreneurs. Host Nick Loper interviews guests who run Etsy shops, invest in real estate, work as freelance writers, run Amazon shops, and much, much more. Website, iTunes

Smart Passive IncomeSmart Passive Income

Every time you get royalties on a book or your tenant pays rent, you’re making passive income–money that you work for once and then keep on earning over time. Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income podcast is one of the best places around to learn about these sort of businesses; recent guests talk about everything from bootstrapping startups to selling knitting patterns online to building a vending machine business. Website, iTunes

Xero GravityXero Gravity

Xero is a popular bookkeeping app for small businesses (which Almost Millions has featured before), and their podcast covers something close to our hearts: Running a small business. Host Elizabeth U talks to guests about everything from the tech tools they use to run their company to coping with burnout to running a company with your best friend. Website, iTunes, SoundCloud