Whether you need something to fill in your daily commute, are looking to switch off the television and try something new, or want a regular dose of financial education, podcasts might just be the way forward for you. Ahead, check out the best financial podcasts around – and find out how you can elevate your money game simply by listening to the advice of others. There is something here for everyone, whether you’re into side hustles, entrepreneurship, economics or managing money.
1. Planet Money
Knowing what is happening in the world around you, well, that is never a bad thing. NPR’s Planet Money, a long-running podcast, is here to school you on the economy. Using an easy-to-follow storytelling format, Planet Money’s narrators talk listeners through the ins-and-outs of various economic scenarios – from what happens when you lose your Bitcoins to what comes after Brexit. While Planet Money is based in America, and thus contains a lot of American-centric stories, anyone interested in economics will find something here that piques the interest. Plus, episodes clock in at around 20 minutes, so it’s perfect for your morning commute.
2. The Side Hustle Show
A huge number of millennials have side hustles (AKA second jobs). Want in? Make sure you tune into The Side Hustle Show. Hosted by Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation, the show zeroes in on various side hustles and their nitty-gritty details. For example, on a recent episode, Natalie Eckdahl shared how she earns up to $2,000 a month curating “mastermind groups.” On another recent episode, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner revealed the secrets behind her finance blog, which brings in six figures a month.
3. Being Boss
If you’re already an entrepreneur or boss – whether via side hustle or full-time business – make sure you download Being Boss, STAT. And if you’re not already a boss: don’t walk, run. Hosts Emily Thompson and Kathleen Shannon are here to guide you on everything you need to know about running your own business. And they would know. Both women have successful businesses – this podcast is a side hustle for them – so when they offer up their pearls of wisdom, you’d be wise to listen.
4. Death, Sex & Money
Death, Sex & Money is, in host Anna Sale’s words, a podcast about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” Sale asks her listeners, which range from civilians to celebrities, profound and personal questions about their stories. This is your chance to hear about the mistakes people have made and how they’ve fixed them – and more so, a chance to not feel alone on your journey. Though not every episode focuses explicitly on money, there is always an element that comes back to money. The best part? Anna Sale is a terrific host, who manages to pull raw, honest information out of every guest, in the gentlest of ways.
5. You Need a Budget
You might already know You Need a Budget as budgeting software, but there is a podcast too – and it’s a good one. It covers everything you need to know about getting out of debt, saving more money, and making sure you’re not living payslip to payslip. Naturally, the podcast will make more sense if you’re on the path of using a budget to regulate your spending and saving, but there are gems in here for everyone. What’s really great about the YNAB podcast is that each episode is bite-sized. In just a few minutes, you’ll be treated to invaluable information or a motivational pep talk that will help you stay on track.
6. Listen Money Matters
Andrew and Thomas, the hosts of Listen Money Matters, are two guys who know their stuff when it comes to money – and they’re not afraid to share their know-how with you. In every episode, the guys teach millennials how to manoeuvre through the nitty-gritty of the financial world. Want to move to a new city? They’ve got you covered. Want to negotiate your salary? They know who to ask. This podcast is funny and frank. There is no boring money-speak here – and maybe that’s just what the doctor ordered.
7. The Pineapple Project
Speaking of funny and frank, the latest money-centric podcast to hit the waves is ABC’s The Pineapple Project, brought to you by comedian Claire Hooper. In ABC’s words, Hooper “is a bit crap with finances.” Luckily, she’s decided to make it her mission to get better at money, and she’s bringing the rest of us along for the ride. In each episode, Claire will tackle an issue – from budgeting to automating your finances – and she’ll enlist the help of experts to sort the issue once and for all. If you want to bring a little brevity to your own financial mission, don’t delay; download this podcast today.