I love podcasts about the business of web design. They’re a great way to keep up on the aspects of running a web design agency: marketing, sales, pricing, proposals, contracts, project management, productivity, client relations, and more.
Here’s the latest round of my favorite web design business podcasts, listed in order of preference.
Despite the title, the hosts are high-end web and software consultants, not average freelancers. Their advice is valuable for web design business owners. “Weekly discussion by freelancers and professionals about running a business, finding clients, marketing, and lifestyle related to being a freelancer.”
“A podcast about the business of design and the design of business.”
Although this is aimed at copywriters, most of the advice applies to running a web design business. Episodes sometimes discuss design and SEO services in addition to writing. “In this nuts-and-bolts, no-nonsense podcast, you’ll discover how to get better clients, earn more in less time, and bring more freedom and joy into your … business. … Topics covered include: getting better and higher-paying clients; banishing the feast-or-famine cycle; doing more of the work that excites you; how to raise your fees and rates; boosting your productivity; making your business recession-proof; discovering and leveraging your strengths; finding your niche …”
“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.”
“The Smart Agency Master Class is for marketing, digital, pr, and creative agency business owners and entrepreneurs who want to discover how to take their business to the next level. The goal of this master class is to provide immediate actionable steps and advice that can make a difference in growing your agency.”
A “5 – 10 minute podcast asking you hard questions about how you vet clients, price your services, market your business, and use your time.”
“Boagworld is a podcast about digital for all those involved in designing, developing or running a website on a daily basis. 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.”
“This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design.”
“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.”
“If you’re a web or creative freelancer or a small agency owner then this is the podcast for you. Each episode @Joel_Hughes talks to freelancers and agency owners about what makes their businesses tick. We’ll be talking about things like: pricing, getting clients, firing clients, dealing with scope creep, hiring staff, developing your business etc. In short, we’re talking about The Business 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 Matt Report is a series of interviews with people who run businesses around WordPress, usually providing client services or selling products (themes, plugins, maintenance, etc.). Matt and his guests often share valuable business insights.
“The Marketing Mentor podcast provides tips, ideas, and motivation to help the creatively self-employed keep their pipelines full and stay on track with their marketing.”
WP Elevation focuses on the business side of WordPress, featuring interviews with WordPress entrepreneurs and businesspeople.
Although this gives digital marketing advice to businesses, much of it applies to web design businesses. “Professional marketing tips and practical advice on how to get the best from Digital Marketing & Communication for small-medium sized businesses. … The show covers the latest tools, techniques and strategies to help you generate online leads, sales and grow your business.
“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.”
Which of these do you listen to? Did I miss any? Let’s chat about web design business podcasts in the comments.
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