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Podcaster Ed Gandia saved my life. If you don’t know this guy, I’ll introduce you in 45 seconds. But first, a story.

When I began freelancing 3 years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just thought: HEY! I like to write. I’ll write on the side and get paid. It’ll be EASY!

If only I knew…

Sometimes it takes starting to realize how much you actually don’t know. Considering that I’m now operating my freelance writing business full-time, I must’ve found my way, but how?

Books? Eh, not so much. A business coach? No—at least, not at first.

Podcasts (and this freelance writing course) were my keys to growing a successful freelance business. Below, I’m sharing the exact podcasts for freelancers that helped me along the way. And BONUS: I’m giving you my all-time favorite episodes so you can start listening ASAP!

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1. The LaziMILLENNIAL Lounge

So, The LaziMILLENNIAL Lounge podcast isn’t COMPLETELY about freelancing. It’s for multipassionate millennials who desire to build a creative, profitable life they love. That could be through freelance work, side hustles, entrepreneurship, traditional employment, or even hobbies!

BUT there’s an episode freelancers especially will find intriguing.

It’s a conversation during episode 001 with Mariana McBeid-McDougall. A self-described multi-passionate person, Mariana turned a successful freelancing career into a fully-grown writing business WITHOUT choosing a niche.

If you’re a freelancer, you’ve probably heard the advice that you must choose a specific niche (or topic) in order to have success. But Mariana did just the opposite.

Yep, I interviewed a unicorn.

mariana’s episode

Episode 001: How to Make Money Writing and Why You Don’t Need to Pick a Niche | Listen in Apple podcasts

2. High-Income Business Writing

If you’ve been wondering when Ed Gandia was gonna show up again, here he is. Ed hosts the High-Income Business Writing Podcast, which features “case studies from the field, expert interviews, actionable advice, and proven ideas for writers and copywriters who want to earn more in less time doing work they love for better clients.”

To sum it up, HIBW helps you freelance in a way that you enjoy by working with clients that don’t hesitate to run you your money (i.e., pay you what you request without hassle).

Episode 149 of HIBW is THE. NUMBER ONE. REASON. I was able to quickly scale up my freelancing business and quit my job in August 2018. I owe it all—or at least mostly—to this episode.

My favorite episode

Episode 149: How to Start Prospecting for Clients When You’re New | Listen in Apple podcasts

3. Jereshia Said

Do you sell services? (Hint: If you’re a freelancer, the answer is “yes.”)

Cool, so Jereshia Hawk’s podcast Jereshia Said is just for you. I may be a tad biased, considering Jereshia is my business coach, but that’s not for nothing! She knows her sh*t.

Jereshia specializes in helping service-based business grow and scale. In each episode she focuses on “one core growth strategy” so listeners learn exactly how to serve their clients and scale their businesses.

My favorite episode

Episode 02: How Meagan Ward Went from Being an Employee to Building a Multi-Six Figure Empire | Listen in Apple Podcasts

4. The Copywriter Club

Good news: technically you don’t need to be a copywriter per se to benefit from The Copywriter Club podcast. TCC is a binge-worthy podcast where you can “steal an idea or two from seriously talented copywriters and other experts.” And yes, the guests are heavy on the copywriting side.

BUT… the lessons taught in each episode are relevant to lots of different freelance writing niches and specialties! Plus the business savvy, client management, and project management insight is invaluable.

My favorite episode

Episode 82: Slow Down on Your Climb to the Top | Listen in Apple Podcasts

5. Freelance to Founder

Okay guys, if Freelance to Founder doesn’t inspire you to become a kick-ass freelancer, it’ll at least instill in you a dream of creating a podcast at least half as awesome as this one. A whole team of people at Millo produce this narrative-style show that tells the “true stories of freelancers and solopreneurs who grew their business to be much bigger than themselves.”

Admittedly, it’s not the most practical choice for learning the “how-to’s” of freelancing, but it does show you what’s possible once —or if—you are ready to scale your freelance business into an entrepreneurial adventure.

My favorite episode

Episode 1.3: From a single freelance designer to an agency making millions | Listen in Apple podcasts