How do I start thinking entrepreneuraly

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Are you thinking about turning your side-hustle into a full-time business? If you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, you’ll need to start thinking like one. These entrepreneurial mindset podcasts for women are a great place to start.

Starting your own business: it’s exciting and a little terrifying, all at the same time.

In addition to following all the rules and regulations for setting up your business (registering it, trademarking, etc), you’re now in charge of figuring out everything about personnel, finances, marketing, and more.

That’s usually when the fear sets in, and you start asking yourself:

Is this even a viable business idea? Will I succeed, or go down in a blaze of glory? Will I spend more money than I can make? Do I even have what it takes to be a leader?

You didn’t worry about these things when working for someone else, or even when your new business was just a fun side-hustle. But suddenly, you’re expected to have what’s known as the “entrepreneurial mindset”.

What Is an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

There’s no one definition for the entrepreneurial mindset, but there’s general agreement that it is a way of thinking and approaching challenges and mistakes in business (it can also be applied to life in general).

Entrepreneurs are known for being optimistic doers who are smart about risk-taking and can adapt when necessary.

To be clear: not all entrepreneurs are born with this mindset. And not all business owners have it (not developing the mindset is a reason that a lot of businesses fail).

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

So how do you develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will help your new business succeed?

An open mind is key. You have to recognize that just being brave enough to start your own business does not mean that you think like an entrepreneur.

Next, you have to expose yourself to the concepts and characteristics that make up an entrepreneurial mindset. You can do this by reading books, blogs, and listening to podcasts.

Below is a list of podcasts for women that can help you learn more about the entrepreneurial mindset and determine what you need to work on to develop this mindset.

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Listen to These Podcasts to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Zig Zag

If you really want to know what it feels like to leave your 9 to 5 and start a business from scratch, this podcast is a must-listen.

Season 1 of Zig Zag chronicles the journey of podcast creators Jen and Manoush, as they decide to leave their stable jobs to start their own podcast company.

The co-hosts go through all the questions (and all the feels) as they try to figure out how to structure their new business, fund it, pay themselves, negotiate partnerships, and more.

Through it all, they unpack the reasons for each decision to help listeners understand the mindset that they’re trying to achieve (or the one that they end up in).

Whether you have a “partner in entrepreneurship” or not, the conversations between Jen and Manoush will help you to think differently every time you’re faced with a new business challenge.

Episode to start with:Season 1, Episode 1

Skimm’d from the Couch

Skimm’d from the Couch is an interview-style podcast that features a variety of women, all of whom have made a name for themselves in business or media. They share their failures, successes, and career advice.

Many episodes spotlight women who became entrepreneurs after working in the corporate world, and the casual nature of the podcast really lets them open up about the struggles they faced as they stepped into entrepreneurial life.

If you want a podcast that gives you access to women from all walks of life, but who have been where you want to go, this is the podcast for you.

Episode to start with: August 29, 2019 episode with Marie Forleo

Productivity Paradox

If you think it’s difficult to stay focused when working in a traditional office setting, just wait until you’re an entrepreneur. Figuring out what to work on — and how to stay productive — will become a whole new challenge.

The Productivity Paradox podcast is your ticket to staying on-track. In each episode, host Tonya Dalton provides practical tips and guidance for being your most productive self. And she does it all in around 20 minutes!

From how to make the most of your time and controlling your calendar (instead of it controlling you), to creating a planning system and how to stop “self interruption”, you’ll learn how to make the most of the 168 hours you get each week.

Episode to start with: 134 Taking Passion to the Next Level

Happier in Hollywood

The hosts of Happier in Hollywood are TV writers who live in Los Angeles, yet somehow they have made a business podcast that is appealing to women everywhere, in all industries.

This podcast is a laid-back, feel-good show full of life tips and advice to help you stay sane both in the workplace and at home. Hosts Sarah and Liz often talk about mindset, mantras, and their “word of the year.” They know how complicated it is to be self-employed and in your own head.

Whether you’re still side-hustling while working your 9-5, or you’ve jumped ship and have started your own business, Happier in Hollywood is a fun podcast that is full of valuable lessons and inspiration for women in any field.

Episode to start with: 97 Stay On Your Path

RISE with Rachel Hollis

The intro to each episode of the RISE with Rachel Hollis podcast reminds you that Rachel built a million dollar company with a high school diploma and the free information she found on the internet.

Rachel can hustle, and she knows that you can, too. She also knows that not everyone has the drive and focus that she has, so her podcast is all about pushing you, while also reminding you to take care of yourself.

The RISE podcast is a mix of formats. The interview-style episodes feature inspiring stories from entrepreneurs (there’s a lot about mindset in those). But the best episodes are the ones in which Rachel talks right at you, giving you tough love and reminding you why you decided to start a business in the first place.

Once you’ve listened to a couple episodes of RISE, you’ll start thinking differently about how you’re running your business, what your priorities are, and where you really want to be in five years.

Episode to start with: 72 This Daily Practice Changed My Life and My Business

Savvy Social

One thing that entrepreneurs in the social media age learn quickly: it’s a totally different game when you’re trying to promote yourself and your new business.

The Savvy Social podcast is for budding entrepreneurs who need to learn when, why, and how to use social media to grow their businesses. Because even if you’re not running an online business, social media can still play a role in your success. 

Host Andrea Jones understands the challenges that entrepreneurs face as they transition from using social media for personal reasons, to using it to make sales and gain brand recognition.

This podcast is a bit more practical, but if you pay attention to Andrea’s advice, you’ll start to think more strategically about how to use social media to make your business thrive.

Episode to start with: How to Network with People on Social Media (without Feeling Weird About It)

If you enjoy these podcast recommendations and you’re looking for more podcasts for women entrepreneurs, check out 6 Inspiring Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs over on the Podcast Maniac blog.

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