5 Great Podcasts to Inspire Any Retail Business Owner

5 Great Podcasts to Inspire Any Retail Business Owner

September 13, 2019 Off By Koehler Home Decor

Lots of busy retail business owners have bookshelves – and ereaders – loaded with tomes that promise they can help make you a better business owner or will keep you up to date on what’s going on in the retail world. Great, except most retail business owners also barely have time to read all their emails and texts, let alone devote hours to reading books.

Enter podcasts. Podcasts, which have been around for years, are regaining popularity right now and offer a way for busy folks to stay informed, and learn new things, without having to take too much time out of their day. You can listen to them anywhere and even have AI home assistant like Amazon Echo or Google Home read them to you.

Not sure where to begin a journey into podcasts? Here’s a look at some of our favorites to get you started. Most run less than 30 minutes, and so are perfect for listening to after lunch or during a session at the gym. We’ve even included a few episodes of some of the shows right here, to give you a small taste of what’s out there.

How I Built This

This weekly NPR podcast features the founders of some of the world’s best-known companies and brands. These people – who have included the likes of Sara Blakely of SPANX and Richard Branson of Virgin in the past explain how they built their businesses. It’s a great listen if you could use a dose of inspiration to keep you engaged in building your own business.

Business Wars

Business rivalries often shape what we buy and how we live. Hosted by David Brown, each season in the series tells the real stories behind big competitors like Nike and Adidas, Netflix and Blockbuster, and Sony and Nintendo. Not only is the content highly entertaining, but the lessons of both the winners and the losers can provide great insights for your own business.

HBR Ideacast

This weekly podcast from the Harvard Business Review features insight on new trends and the latest research from business and management thought leaders. Recent episodes discuss the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in business, thoughts on innovation from Phil Knight of Nike, and how authority and decision making differ across cultures.

RISE Podcast

Hosted by Rachel Hollis, a New York Times best selling author and motivational speaker, RISE aims to provide tools for your life and business. Each week, she has a conversation with an industry or business leader who provides actionable insights and takeaways to help you grow your business.


Host Andrew Warner has interviewed over 1,000 entrepreneurs for his podcast. As he puts it, he asks “uncomfortable questions to dig deep into the success and failures of the most successful business founders and thought leaders.” He’s talked to people across industries and roles, so there’s something for everyone.

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