The last thing you want to do as a freelancer is get out of the loop. You want to stay up to date with your skills and the best way to run your business as a freelancer. And that’s why you’re here at FreelanceSwitch.
Reading is a great way to stay in touch, and that’s the purpose of most of the articles here. I often get great ideas as I read them, and the comments from readers help me feel part of a supportive community.
Podcasts are another way I stay in touch. I find opportunities every day when I can’t read, but I can listen – and podcasts help me to reclaim those times and make them fruitful. The time I spend driving, exercising and washing up are all good times to listen to podcasts.
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Do you listen to podcasts? Why not try it? Listen to the experiences and tips of other freelancers, and from experts in your trade. Here is a list that should get you started. Let us know which ones you found helpful in the comments.
1. Freelance Radio
Of course we have to start with Freelance Radio, FreelanceSwitch’s own podcast.
Frequency: approximately every 2-3 weeks
“Whether you want to learn while you work out or to make that commute useful, Freelance Radio is the place to hear all the tips, tricks and news of freelancing.”
2. Freelance America
Freelance America is a podcast hosted by Wayne and Laurie Brekke, and features interviews with successful freelancers.
3. The Writing Show
“Since 2005, The Writing Show has provided engaging information and inspiration for writers of all kinds. We deliver high-quality, in-depth interviews, reality shows, and other features designed to shed light on some aspect of writing, publishing, and other topics of interest to people who write or aspire to do so.”
4. Book Yourself Solid Radio Podcast
Book Yourself Solid Radio Podcast: “Join Trish Lambert, Davender Gupta and the Book Yourself Solid Certified Coaches Community to talk about the fastest, easiest, and most reliable system for getting more clients than you can handle… even if you hate marketing and selling! Every week, we will talk about an aspect of the Book Yourself Solid system–from Foundation, to Building Trust and Credibility, to the 7 Self-Promotion Strategies. You will get tips, tools, and insights about how to grow your business and get booked solid.”
5. CG Cast
The CG Cast‘s last episode was in February 2007, but there are 36 episodes in the archives which may be useful to computer graphics fans.
“Well I’ve always wanted to have a radio show and I love cg so why not combine the 2? We’ll be covering every aspect of CG; movies, games, tv, art, 3d, 2d and etc.”
6. WritingCareer.com Podcasts for Writers
Writingcareer.com have several podcasts for writers, including:
- Writing Careers for Freelance Writers (Podcast)
Learn about different writing careers for freelance writers.
- How to Make Money as a Freelancer (Podcast)
Learn how to make money from home as a freelancer.
- Copyright Law (Podcast)
Learn about copyright law, copyright infringement, and copyright protection.
- Book Writing (Podcast)
Learn about book writing and book publishing.
7. Freelance Advisor
Freelance Advisor is a UK based podcast for freelancers.
8. How to Make Money from Home as a Freelancer
How to Make Money from Home as a Freelancer is an audio book formatted as a podcast.
9. Escape from Cubicle Nation Podcast
Frequency: approximately monthly
Escape from Cubicle Nation Podcast helps you think through the big step of leaving your cubicle and starting to freelance.
10. Be a Design Cast
Frequency: every 1-2 weeks
The Be a Design Cast is “a graphic design podcast created by the authors of Be A Design Group covering the news and topics (and off-topics) of the graphic design industry. Hosted by Nate Voss, Donovan Beery, and Tom Nemitz.”
11. The Creative Venture
The Creative Venture is “a weekly podcast designed to bridge the gap between creativity and practical business sense. Helping creative people earn an income from their unique talents and gifts.”
12. SMB Trendwire
SMB Trendwire is a podcast for small to medium business owners. “Join us for in-depth audio conversations with small business experts. Like talk radio, only better.”
13. Work at Home Moms Talk Radio
The Work at Home Moms Talk Radio is an “Internet Radio/Podcast for Moms who work at home – or those who want to!”
14. I Should Be Writing Podcast
I Should Be Writing is a podcast for writers.
15. Shutters Inc. Podcast
Shutters Inc. is a podcast for photographers. “audio2u.com’s contributing pro photographer, Shelton Muller, brings you a week by week look at the digital SLR camera market. What’s new? What’s hot? All the info you need to help you make the right buying decision.”
Frequency: 2-3 weeks
SmallBizPod is a small business podcast with some episodes focusing on freelancing. “SmallBizPod is a podcast, blog, news and community site for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs.”
17. SBA Podcasts
SBA Podcasts are various podcast shows from the library of the Small Business Administration (SBA). “Welcome to SBA Podcasting. Podcasting is a way to receive audio files over the Internet. The SBA offers podcast feeds to you on a range of small business topics. Podcast feeds deliver audio broadcasts to your desktop. You can listen to these files on your computer or download them to your MP3 player and take them with you. For your convenience, we will be adding additional feeds every month on small business topics.”
FS-Air is Fire Studio’s podcast on web development. “Every week we put out a podcast episode covering topics that we and our fellow web enthusiasts face when dealing with the expanding Internet.”
19. Answers for Freelancers
Frequency: every few months
Answers for Freelancers are podcasts that discuss “the life and business of being a freelancer.”
It looks like Tweak! was discontinued in 2007, but the existing episodes still look valuable. “Tweak! is the podcast for the creative entrepreneur. Learn how to make small changes that bring about big success. Get ready to Tweak!”
21. Start Consulting Now
Start Consulting Now is a relatively new podcast, with only two episodes recorded so far. “Find out what the right stuff is to be a successful consultant – and whether or not your chances for success are real or a pipe dream. Learn about the infrastructure required to start and sustain a successful, profi consulting business, what hurdles to expect during the first 12 to 18 months and how to balance personal, family and work demands when you work out of a home office.”
22. Boxes and Arrows
Boxes and Arrows “is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business.”
23. Design Guy
Frequency: every month or two
Design Guy offers short, concise and simple presentations on the principles of design. “The show that explores timeless design principles and explains them simply. We discuss graphic design in particular, and design in general, to equip you with lessons in process, inspiration, and practice. Get a new concept under your belt in mere minutes and unleash your creativity.”
24. Quick and Dirty Tips
Quick and Dirty Tips “creates and distributes digital content that offers short, actionable advice from friendly and informed authorities that will help you succeed at work and in life. Whether you want to manage your time and money more efficiently, communicate more effectively, observe the correct rules of etiquette, or improve your performance in other home and workplace endeavors, Quick and Dirty Tips are here to show you that education and entertainment can go hand in hand, and that learning can still occur no matter what stage of life you’re in if you’ll just invest five minutes of your time.”
Creativexpert “is a podcast series featuring interviews with web designers and other creative experts about their careers, techniques, and upcoming projects. If you’re into web design, this is your show.”
26. You Suck at Web Design
You Suck at Web Design contains “possibly damaging career advice and other stories for the web professional.”
27. Six Pixels of Separation
Six Pixels of Separation “brings you digital marketing, new media and personal branding insights, provocation and foreshadows from his always on / always connected world.”
28. Duct Tape Marketing
Duct Tape Marketing is “a great resource for small business owners looking for hands-on marketing ideas they can use today.”
29. Webmaster Radio
Webmaster Radio covers some good topics around SEO and affiliate marketing.
30. Web Axe
Web Axe is a “podcast and blog on practical web design accessibility tips.”
31. 101 Web Design Show
The 101 Web Design Show “throw out some ideas; some ways to handle things like navigation, photography, fonts, colors, the grid… really basic stuff on a website, and then we sit back and wait for you to tell us if we’re full of crap hehehe. It’s fun really.”
Do you have any podcasts to add? Let us know in the comments!