Based in Noblesville, Indiana, Curtis writes the syndicated humor column, Grammar Guy. He also likes to write for startups.

Top 5 Podcast Recommendations to Help with Your Freelance Hustle

Top 5 Podcast Recommendations to Help with Your Freelance Hustle

 Photo by  Angello Lopez  on  Unsplash

Photo by Angello Lopez on Unsplash

The biggest source of information and inspiration for me lately has been podcasts on freelancing, side hustling, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Whether I'm driving to work, mowing the yard, running errands, or even shopping at the grocery store, you'd better believe I'm hanging with my earbuds, listening to podcasts with the goal of building my freelance writing business. I'm going to share some of my favorite podcasts as well as the episodes to listen to first.

Most Inspiring: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

As soon as my phone alerts me that Cathy Heller's Don't Keep Your Day Job has a new episode available, I drop whatever I'm doing and listen to the entire thing immediately. Just as inspiring as her guests, which include successful bakers, musicians, actors, and comedians, Cathy's inspiring "mini-sermons", as I call them, are a can't miss for me. Prior to the interview portion of the show, Heller consistently inspires you that you can make a living doing what you love. 

Favorite Episodes: What Can You Do Today?    |   Standing Out from the Competition

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Best Freelance Business Ideas: Freelance Transformation

Matt Inglot is a nerdy Canadian. If that wasn't enough to make you want to subscribe to his podcast, Freelance Transformation: Find higher-paying projects, work less, and get rid of the stress, covers tons of tips and best practices to make sure your freelance business is on the right track.

Favorite Episodes: 105: Stop Writing Sucky Copy   |   093: Win Freelance Work for Agencies

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Best Freelance Writing Podcast: High-Income Business Writing

Ed Gandia believes you can make a great living as a freelance writer. He interviews guests about how to land great business clients and how to scale up your writing empire to the six-figure level. I've taken so many notes while listening to this show.

Favorite Episodes: # 124: Unconventional (Yet Highly Effective) Online Prospecting Tools    |   #118: Productivity for Creative People

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Engage Your Entrepreneurial Mindset: Side Hustle School

Chris Guillebeau's Side Hustle School is a daily (yes, daily) short podcast which tells the story of creative entrepreneurs making who make money outside their day jobs doing all kinds of interesting things, from a photographer who gets paid to throw confetti at people to a lawyer who makes $400 a month by selling stock music he creates. After listening to Side Hustle School consistently for about two weeks you'll start to see your hobbies, interests, and ideas as ways to make some extra money.

Favorite Episodes: From London With Love: A Tale of Diamonds and Espionage   |   Standing Out from the Competition

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Be the Best at Everything: The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss' show is consistently in the Top 10 in the iTunes Podcast Store for a reason: he interviews the best of the best about why they're top-performing achievers. Ferriss aims to be more efficient and generally better at pretty much all areas of life--mind, body, business. Not every episode knocks my socks off (episodes are regularly 90 minutes), but the ones that do contain a myriad of amazing content.

Favorite Episodes: #248: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman    |   #211: A.J. Jacobs: Self-Experimenter Extraordinaire

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I listen to many other podcasts (I subscribe to 20 right now), but these are my top five when it comes to priming my brain grapes for my freelance writing business.

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