The difference between an enjoyable commute and a dull one can often boil down to multiple factors: your vehicle, traffic, the weather, and what you choose to listen to, for example. Today, we look at how you can improve the latter of those factors by listing our top 6 favourite business podcasts.
As a busy businessperson, driving between clients, customers, your home and the office can feel like time wasted. Yes, it will of course be worth it when you arrive, but how can you maximise productivity when on the roads?
How about by consuming the latest news, updates or insights in your industry? Take a look at what we think are the most valuable podcasts to listen to while commuting…
1) The Tim Ferriss Show

Best episodes – Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brene Brown The number one business podcast on iTunes and receiver of many accolades and 5-star reviews, The Tim Ferriss show is a must-listen for anyone seeking inspiration, business tactics, tools, habits, resources and general routines for a better quality of life. Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur and public speaker. You may recognise the name from his award-winning book, “The 4-Hour Workweek”. He has had an incredible array of guests on his podcast, from big-name actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger to performance coaches like Rony Robbins. “Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performances from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use,” says Ferriss.
2) HBR IdeaCast

Best episodes – Maya Angelou on Courage and Creativity, Jeff Bezos on Leading for the Long-Term at Amazon If you’re looking for a more bite-sized business podcast, you may want to check out HBR IdeaCast. Episodes tend to range from 15-30 minutes long, making them perfect for shorter commutes. Forbes says this podcast is ideal for those who “want to rise to the top of your company or be a better manager, or are simply interested in the insights of leading thinkers in a variety of creative and business fields.” HBR IdeaCast, which is hosted by Harvard Business Review’s Sarah Green Carmichael, tackles a variety of issues and business subjects, including the use of technology, leadership and productivity.

Best episodes – Alex, Inc. 7: Alex Talks to Zach Braff, Gimlet 6: How to Value Your Startup “A documentary series about entrepreneurial life,” this show is essentially an account of what it’s really like to start a business. This podcast’s popularity has actually resulted in its adaptation into a TV series, which stars Scrubs’s Zach Braff.StartUp is a fantastic, relatable podcast with some fascinating stories and excellent tips for anyone currently on their own business journey.

Best episodes – Creativity in the Digital Age, TED2018: Can We Fix the Internet A great way to stay on top of current affairs while engaging in debate and picking up valuable entrepreneurial tips is to listen to the BBC Business Daily podcast. Described as “the daily drama of money and work”, this business podcast talks through “the biggest global news stories and how they impact on the business world.”

Best episodes – How smart brands are using better data to personalize their message, When does a startup founder need a COO?Mixergy is “where the ambitious learn from a mix of experienced mentors through interviews and courses.” It is the brainchild of Andrew Warner, who founded a $30million a year internet business at the age of 21. This podcast features stories, anecdotes and business tips both from and for ambitious entrepreneurs and startups.

Best episodes – 10 brain principles for the body that you want, What the heck is wellbeing? Those looking for a philosophical approach may prefer Changeability, a British podcast that “explores how to manage your mind to make changes in your life”.Changeability is a podcast that aims to empower, inspire and motivate its listeners through engaging interviews. Its strapline: “Manage your mind, change your life” is an indication of the theme and style of delivery entailed with this podcast from Kathryn Bryant and Julian Illman.
How do I listen to business podcasts?
There are various apps that allow you to download and stream podcasts, including iTunes, Spotify, Audioboom and Pocket Casts. Some apps, including iTunes and Pocket Casts allow you to download podcasts for free and then listen to them offline. This is extremely useful in terms of saving battery and data when on the road. In terms of connecting your mobile device to your vehicle, there is various in-car tech for this, including Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and the classic Aux connection. Found the perfect podcasts for your commute? Now it’s time to find the perfect vehicle! Check out our short-term car lease offers and commercial vehicle lease deals today!