Owning or running a business can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Trust me. I understand but here are some great resources to help you run your business more smoothly. We need to constantly be growing and learning when we run a business so podcasts, books, and YouTube are great resources to help us get the most information in the shortest amount of time.
Podcasts We Love
This podcast is specific to life coaching. Helping you make your greatest ideas come to life. The podcast is specific to money, how to generate new income and how to grow your business.
GaryVee uses his podcast to talk about entrepreneurship and marketing pertaining to small businesses. Gary focuses on how to grow your business within reasonable boundaries. He hosts interviews with business gurus and asks questions from the community following him in different segments on the podcast.
Amy Porterfield uses her podcast to teach marketing strategies. Getting very detailed she discusses how to help the everyday entrepreneur make their business better using marketing. She offers many other marketing resources other than the podcast. Amy offers email lists training, webinars, and online courses to pair with the podcast.
Michael Stelzner hosts a social media marketing podcast where he talks about tactics and strategies for social media marketing. He also shares helpful tips and new apps that allow you to create content for your platforms. Michael interviews different marketing professionals each week to gain new insights.
Business Made Simple is a Podcast steaming from a Book written by Donald Miller. This Podcast is a great resource for those starting a business. They interview other professionals and give great tips on how to grow your business. This podcast is also a great place to find other podcasts and book recommendations.
In Smart Passive Income, Pat Flynn talks about real-life stories of how people grew their businesses. This podcast provides firsthand advice on how to grow your online business. Pat has weekly interviews with business owners and provides strategies on how to grow your business.
Marie Forleo is a bestselling author but also a spectacular entrepreneur. She uses her podcast to help build people up. She hosts guests to talk about growing businesses digitally and having a passive stream of income. Marie talks not only about your business but how to be the person you want to be.
Momentum is a women’s leadership organization located in Alabama that helps women recognize and push past the boundaries in leadership positions. Momentum Matters is their podcast that talks about everything women and men need to know to make the workplace inclusive. The podcast uses interviews to highlight anything from self-care to race and equality. This podcast is a great resource for women and men in any leadership position in the workplace.
Books We Love
Dale Carnegie in this book highlights how to build relationships and introduce those people to your ideas without causing resentment. This book has lots of important information for your personal and business life. You can do what you put your mind to.
This is Marketing talks about marketing, sales, and advertising as it pertains to all people in business, whether you are a business owner or in a corporate business, to produce great work. He breaks down how to use marketing to target what the consumer needs and not use the consumer to dictate your marketing strategies.
Gino Wickman talks about how to gain control of your business when you are feeling overwhelmed. Feeling overwhelmed as a business owner is not out of the ordinary but how can you gain control and have the business you want?
In Deep Work, Cal Newport focuses on how to take in loads of information and not be distracted. How can we get more done in an increasingly busy world where we are constantly getting sidetracked? Drawing from personal experience Cal teaches you how to be disciplined in dodging distractions.
Start With Why is all about inspiration. How to be inspired, inspire others, and continue inspiring. The inspiration of people all has to do with the why. Why we do what we do and why we create what we create. If you are inspired who can you in turn inspire?
Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow A Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy by Clate Mask and Scott Martineau
Using stories, quotes and examples, Conquer the Chaos teaches small business owners how to overcome the craziness of their business to be able to enjoy success. Using six strategies, Mask and Martineau break down how to grow your business and maintain the growth without being overwhelmed by the everyday changes.
Dr. Robert B. Cialdni teaches people the psychology behind persuading and being persuaded. Using the six principles he presents you will be able to persuade and tell when you’re being persuaded. This book easily applies to marketing and sales. How to influence people for your product.
This book is built on a case study done at Stanford University showing what habits companies have that make them different from other companies and how those habits are why the companies grew. Build To Last shows how oth4r people built successful companies and how you can too.
What habits do highly successful people have? Stephen Covey covers how you can have balance in your life with time management, leadership, integrity, and human dignity. He gives a step-by-step plan on how to change your life for balance.
Crush It is about taking a hobby you love and making it your full-time job. Using an online presence to grow your business so that you can do what you love for a living. Gary Vaynerchuk has another book called Crushing It. Crushing It highlights real people who read Crush It and have successful businesses. This book highlights how these professionals used social media platforms to make their dreams a reality.
Storybrand is all about how you communicate to the consumer about your business. What is your story and how do you communicate that to the customer? It’s about simplifying the story so that the consumer does not get confused and take their business elsewhere. It is all about presenting yourself in a unique light.
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
In an age where there seems to be a multitude of the same thing, be unique. Blue Ocean Strategy is about creating your own market with a different view of strategy. Using case studies, Kim and Mauborgne will teach you how to make your market one of a kind and leave your competition irrelevant.
Jen Sincero focuses on how to make you fully embrace the badass you know you are. She uses stories, advice, and exercises to help you retrain your mind to get what you want. It is all about having the cards you want, not just taking the cards you were dealt.
YouTube Channels We Love
Donald Miller’s name has been mentioned a few times in this blog and here he is again with another great resource. He has a killer YouTube Channel focusing on things that can hold you back in life.
This is another great resource that we just can’t get enough of. Social Media Examiner has a YouTube channel that discusses all things social media. They use the leading social media experts to explain how to use social media to help your business and explain the newest trends on each platform.
GaryVee has some great insights into social media marketing as well. He uses this knowledge to talk about how you can improve yourself personally and professionally. GaryVee interviews people with success stories to inspire others and give advice.
Marie is just a great businesswoman. She is another great resource not only in Podcasts but YouTube. Marie uses her rags to riches background to help direct you in building your own happiness.
There’s Even More to Love
There are so many wonderful resources out there for small business owners and people in leadership roles. This is an extensive list but the list could be longer if we just had more time. It is all about what works best for you and your business to be successful.