These are the best podcasts for web agency owners that I've found. Over the last couple years, my focus has shifted from the production side of web design and development to the business side. As the agency owner, I'm spending more time on the business than in the business. As a result, my podcast subscriptions have changed. Here are my favorite podcasts for web agency owners, listed in order of preference.
As a WordPress web agency owner, I'm interested in actionable information I can use to improve my business through strategy, sales, marketing, client services, project management, hiring, team management, etc.
"Andy Baldacci from Hubstaff interviews a new digital agency owner or consultant every Tuesday, but unlike other podcasts Andy focuses his interviews on extracting actionable advice that you can take and immediately apply in your own business. Whether you run a design, marketing, development, or any other kind of digital agency, if you are looking to grow your business, then this is the podcast you’ve been waiting for."
Despite the title, the hosts are high-end web and software consultants, not your typical freelancers. Their advice is valuable for web agency owners. "Weekly discussion by freelancers and professionals about running a business, finding clients, marketing, and lifestyle related to being a freelancer."
"The Smart Agency Master Class is for marketing, digital, web professionals, and creative agency business owners and entrepreneurs who want to discover how to take their business to the next level. Have you ever asked yourself: How can I start an agency? How can I scale my agency? How can I generate more leads? How can I find time to do to work on the business and not in the business? What systems do I need in place or, how do I position to sell my agency… You’re in the RIGHT place! I have 12+ years running a successful digital agency that built websites for clients like Lotus Cars and Legal Zoom, until I sold my agency a couple years ago."
WP Elevation focuses on the business side of WordPress, featuring interviews with WordPress entrepreneurs and businesspeople. It's more about business and digital marketing than WordPress specifically.
It's hosted by the owner of a CPA firm that serves agencies, so topics lean towards pricing and profitability. "A podcast about the business of design and the design of business."
"This podcast is dedicated to helping you master the business of freelancing. Each week, we’ll dive into topics ranging from getting your first few clients to starting your own agency. Our focus is on helping you get better clients, make more money, and live a happier life freelancing."
A "5 - 10 minute podcast asking you hard questions about how you vet clients, price your services, market your business, and use your time."
BizCraft talks about the emotional side of running a web agency more frequently than other podcasts. The hosts aren't afraid of talking about dealing with the stress and ethical issues of running a web agency. "This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design."
"Web design professionals, learn how to make more money from your business, work less hours and have a little bit of fun while doing so. If you're a graphic designer or work in graphic design, you'll also find this very interesting. If you're in SEO, Adwords or any other digital consultancy you'll also love this show. Join Mat & Ben on their journeys to grow their own web design agencies and take over the internet. We discuss: how to build an effective business, how to construct a website that gets you more web design clients, how to effectively solve your web design clients' problems, getting more graphic design clients, how to increase your earnings through additional revenue streams, how to use virtual staff effectively, and more."
"The Creative Agency Podcast is for entrepreneurs and people working in the creative industries. It's about finding success and work-life balance. While the focus is on web agencies, design agencies, and marketing agencies, the podcast offers lessons that can be applied to a wide range of business endeavors. Each episode tells the story of an agency owner or insider, how they found success, what mistakes were made, and what was learned along the way. Every episode also finishes with 3 important takeaways that listeners can apply to their own entrepreneurial endeavors."
Although conversations often revolve around design, they're often about the business side of running a design company. "If you are a graphic designer, web designer or a visual designer of any kind, this is the podcast for you. Each episode tackles a different graphic design related topic, from finding better clients to online portfolios to making sure you get paid."
"A podcast by founders of small indie creative agencies, giving our perspective on starting and running our own companies."
"Former agency owners and founders of Proposify, Kyle and Kevin sit down every Friday to interview a digital agency owner from around the world, learn practical lessons, and get a buzz on."
"The Hustle is a Podcast by Funsize about company culture, business, client experience, product design, process and crafting meaningful products."
"Boagworld is a podcast about digital strategy, management and user experience. It offers practical advice, news, tools, review and interviews with leading figures in the web design community. Covering everything from usability and design to marketing and strategy, this show has something for everything. This award winning podcast is the longest running web design podcast with over 380 episodes."
Which of these do you listen to? Did I miss any? Let's chat about web agency podcasts in the comments.
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