10 recommended podcasts for creative freelancers and businesses in 2020

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

Photo by Sarah Pflug from Burst

If you're looking to focus on your creative business this year and you're after some decent inspiration, you can't go far wrong with a podcast. One that gives you that reassuring hug to tell you everything is going to be ok.

Aside from finding out why someone's dad has written a porno, or what makes a guilty feminist, you'll probably be looking for insight on freelancing. Which is why I asked people on Twitter for their recommendations, creating this list to share with you.

This leads me nicely to my next piece of news: I'll soon be launching The Creative Boom Podcast. Yes, that's right. After many years of "should we" or "shouldn't we", I've gone for it.

It's a simple format: fun and honest conversations with creatives from all over the world. There'll be a sprinkling of Creative Boom in there (we won't be taking it too seriously because, you know, that's not our style). A few tips, lots of helpful insight, some cheeky laughs – all with our original mission in mind: to celebrate, inspire and support the creative community. Oh, and I'll be your host. I can't wait.

We'll let you know when it goes live – but expect episodes with Malcolm Garrett, Anthony Burrill, Rankin, Lisa Maltby, Stan Chow and Barney Ibbotson, Jane Bowyer, Yasmin Banks and Jaheed Hussain, and many more. Announcements will be made in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here are some wonderful suggestions for 10 creative business podcasts, suggested by us and you.

1. Method in the Madness

Quite a few of you recommended this podcast by Gregor Matheson, one that not only delves deep into design and creativity but leadership, productivity and personal development, too. Unfiltered chats with people from all kinds of creative backgrounds. We like how Gregor opens up, too, sharing his own experiences.

2. Creative Pep Talk

For all you creative freelancers out there, illustrator Andy J Miller has a podcast for you. He's been around in the podcasting world for some time but is definitely worth including. Through his conversations with artists and designers, he tries to strike the perfect balance between art and business. And he's a load of fun, too.

3. Creative Forces

Conversations with creative people – that's the promise from Creative Forces host, Guy Kilty – a Manchester-based broadcaster, who also happens to play bass for The Exacters and DojoCuts. His dulcet tone and range of interesting guests will brighten up your commute.

4. Being Freelance

Five years, 200 conversations, Being Freelance is definitely one to add to your list. Hosted by Steve Folland, who's a freelance video and audio producer, presenter, and writer – so he knows only too well the highs and lows of running your own business. You can tell Steve pours a lot of heart and soul into this venture. He's also just launched Doing It For The Kids, for freelance parents trying to make flexible working work.

5. Never Not Creative

Another wonderful podcast for creatives, talking about anything and everything to do with the industry. From the pitfalls of running a business to mental health, burnout, diversity – even a conversation with a neuroscientist – if it's impacting on creatives, they are talking about it! Recent guests include Gabby Lord, Chris Doyle, Josie Young and Craig Black.

6. The SimpleBits Show

Designer and "accidental entrepreneur", Dan Cederholm, shares things he's learned along the way and interviews other creative folks sharing what they've learned. It's also the first audio podcast hosted by a puppet. Well, that's an interesting angle. I might ask Andrea Love to create a wool version of me.

7. One Girl Band

A podcast for female entrepreneurs and creatives, hosted by Lola Hoad. It's full of truthful insights into running a small creative business and gives you that reassurance that you're not alone. Expect in-depth chats about self-care, confidence and mindset as well as more practical stuff like marketing and goal setting.

8. Illustration Hour

Illustration Hour is a podcast about the craft and business of illustration and design, hosted and produced by illustrator Julia Dufossé. Tuck into bi-weekly episodes featuring interviews with illustrators, artists, art directors and graphic designers at various stages in their careers.

9. Creative Rebels

"Empowering the next generation of creatives" – that's the inspiring subtitle to Adam Brazier and David Speed's fresh podcast, Creative Rebels. Founders of Graffiti Life, the pair want to share their story, hear stories from around the world and help creatives trying to make it.

10. Freelance As F

Having a tough time? Seeing all these people doing well? You'll love this tongue-in-cheek, realistic appraisal of freelance life, not the "romanticised weird stuff that people throw around". I really love this. It's honest, a bit different and wonderfully daft. Hosted by illustrator Ewan Brock and friend Oliver Cuthbertson who bring us informal chats about all things freelance – laugh along as they try and figure out how to "make it".