In any career, it’s important to never stop learning. It’s especially important if you are a small business owner in a trade. There are new tips and techniques you can easily utilize to boost your business and management ability.
Business owners may shy away from continuing education because of the investment of both time and money. However, there are plenty of options available that are budget-friendly and are easy to follow in any schedule. One way is through podcasts, which you can easily find on any topic you’re interested in. There are many podcasts available to choose from and at little or no cost. To help you find the best ones, here are a few recommendations.
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1. Construction Leading Edge
Made specifically for pros, the Construction Leading Edge podcasts provide “the tools and resources to grow your leadership skills, grow your business and grow your income.” This hour-long podcast is the perfect way to grow your knowledge of the industry while increasing your business skills. They touch on hot topics such as the skilled labor shortage and building relationships with other contractors. If you’re a pro looking to take the next step in your career, this free podcast can help you get there.
2. Pro Construction Guide
The Pro Construction Guide podcast brings real-life job site examples to your earbuds as you listen. Specifically, for pros, this podcasts includes not only helpful business tips, but also practical things to know on the job site. While some of their topics are broad, others include tips for specific trades like HVAC and decking pros.
3. Manager Tools Podcast
Those who are managing employees for the first time will want to turn to the Manager Tools podcast for expert advice. This show focuses on creating more effective managers and giving listeners career tips along the way. From their six part series on how to scan a resume to giving helpful feedback, this podcast is great for any pro who is looking to lead their company well.
Manager Tools Podcast can be found on their website.
4. How I Built This
Being a business owner can be tough and off days are bound to happen. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, podcasts can help. Be encouraged in your work with the How I Built This podcast. This show invites various business owners of popular companies like Patagonia, Cliff Bar, Spanx and more to share their story of how they grew their business and became successful. These true stories have many unexpected twists and turns that any business owner can relate to. Hear from their experiences and listen for takeaways you can apply to your own business.
How I Built this can also be found on NPR One, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and Spotify.
If you’re looking for practical ways to grow your business, EntreLeadership is a podcast you should be listening to. This show will walk you through hot topics in leadership and management, with advice given from real business leaders. EntreLeadership focuses on growing pros as leaders so they can use the best techniques to drive their team to success.
6. Remodelers on the Rise
Want to stay up to date on industry trends? The Remodelers On The Rise podcast shares hot trends and tips for pros in the industry. Along with the remodeling ideas, they also share business and marketing tips from real pros that has helped them be successful.
7. The ConTech Crew
It seems like every day, there’s something new in the world of tech. It can be a hard thing to navigate for a pro. If you’re interested in learning more about how to integrate the latest technology in your construction business or job site, check out The ConTech Crew. This podcast typically runs for about an hour and incorporates many special guests who have the latest updates in construction technology.
The ConTech Crew can also be found on Apple Podcasts.
Continuing to Learn
As a pro, where you spend your time is very important. While you invest a lot of time in your work, it’s important to set time aside to grow your knowledge and skills. While podcasts are one way to do so, there are many other continuing education options you have. If you’re interested in learning more about your industry, consider joining a trade organization. Often, they provide educational opportunities like white papers, seminars and training with membership.
If you’re more of a hands-on learner, try choosing service project in your community. You can learn new techniques on the job site as well as grow your managerial skills. It’s also a great way to network with other pros in your area.
If you’re commuting, working or just relaxing, listening to a podcast is a great way to learn more about your industry without sacrificing extra time or money. Download a few today and start listening to find the one you enjoy the most.
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