Top Podcasts for Small Businesses

Are you a small business owner constantly looking for ways to improve your business? Check out this blog post from the Chambers Plan with the top podcasts to listen to as a small business owner.



How you do you stay up to date? There used to be a time when professional development occurred primarily onsite in classrooms or at industry conferences (with all the late night drinks and shenanigans that came with being away from home for a few days).

These days you don’t have to go far to discover new trends in business or to learn from leaders in your field. A quick trip to the bookstore puts the latest business bestsellers at your fingertips (Bill Gates puts out his list of favourites each year). And if you don’t want to leave the house (or the office) a simple Google search will instantly get you the information you’re looking for in the form of news articles, industry websites and, of course, business blogs.

But for the growing number of people who don’t have time to even read, as well as for those younger people for whom books are going the way of the typewriter (and that’s an issue for another blog), podcasts are increasingly becoming a more convenient way to keep up with the industry and learn from other leaders.

According to 2018 statistics by Podcast Insights, there are more than 550,000 podcasts coming out of the U.S. Nearly 45 per cent of the U.S. population has listened to a podcast, with 49 per cent tuning into podcasts at home and 22 per cent who say they listen in their vehicle.

What are they listening to? While comedy is the most popular genre (for some reason, it seems U.S. citizens are in need of a good laugh these days) it doesn’t take much searching to find a plethora of business- and leadership – related podcasts. And, thanks to this blog, you don’t even have to do any searching to get started!

Here are some of the top podcasts you might want to give a listen to.

The Tim Ferriss Show: This one popped up on a lot of “best of” lists. Host Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and one of Fortune’s “40 under 40”. Ferris interviews world-class performers across industries (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) who share their tactics and routines listeners can use in their daily lives.

Entrepreneurs on FireConsidered a pioneer of the interview-style podcast, Entrepreneurs features host John Lee Dumas talking to success stories from business leaders and influencers like Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vee, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and others. Dumas interviews entrepreneurs every Monday and “drops value bombs” every Thursday. (You will have to tune in just to find out what that means!)

Small Business with Steve Strauss – Powered by SAPSteve Strauss is America’s leading small business expert, author of The Small Business Bible, and a business columnist for USA TODAY. Strauss’s podcast features in-depth interviews with successful entrepreneurs and business authors.

Duct Tape Marketing: Host John Jantsch has been running this weekly podcast for more than a decade, interviewing experts, authors, and thought leaders. The podcast dives deep into more technical topics, like getting more results from Google Ads, as well as more abstract issues, like building a memorable brand and examining the role of authenticity in marketing.

The Goal Digger PodcastThis one is aimed at women entrepreneurs and has the feel of a live workshop. Host Jenna Kutcher gives out marketing advice in areas of expertise like SEO (search engine optimization) and Instagram marketing. She also explores subjects that are not typically discussed in other business podcasts, like attaining work/life balance as a CEO and a mom or finding ways to make your brand more inclusive.

Social Media Marketing Talk ShowHosted by Eric Fisher, this podcast is aimed at small businesses doing their own social media marketing. Fisher discusses all the changes happening in social media on a weekly basis, helping businesses stay up to date and understand what all the changes mean to them.

This should get you started. Next time you find yourself with some downtime – preferably on a snowy afternoon, curl up on the couch, tune out the world and tune into a podcast.

Just kidding. You have no downtime! Pop in the earbuds and get yourself an earful of professional development as you make your way to the next meeting/site visit/catastrophe.

The good thing about podcasts is they’re portable!

https://www.shopify.ca/blog/business-podcasts

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https://www.lifehack.org/585452/30-best-business-podcasts


10 Things You Should Know About Chambers Plan

The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan provides employee benefits to over 33,000 business owners in Canada. The Chambers Plan offers affordable and accessible benefits to businesses with as little as one employee. So, here are ten things you should know about the Chambers Plan!

  1. No Minimum Firm Size

    1. The Chambers Plan was introduced to protect small businesses of various sizes. The plan can offer coverage to home-based businesses and growing companies of up to 50 employees

  2. No Industry Restrictions

    1. All for-profit businesses are eligible to participate in the Chambers Plan as long as they are members of a participating Chamber of Commerce or Board or Trade

    2. The Chambers does not believe that your industry should determine your coverage, therefore they can provide the benefit plan that is best for the specific needs of your business and employees

  3. Guaranteed Approval

    1. Firms with as little as one or two employees can choose options with guaranteed coverage

    2. Businesses with five or more employees can choose extensive dental coverage

    3. Groups with ten or more employees can add children’s orthodontics

  4. Guaranteed Renewable

    1. Your business is guaranteed renewable coverage as long as you pay your premiums each month

    2. Chambers makes this easy by offering one automatic payment to renew your Chamber membership and Plan premium

  5. Rate Stability

    1. Claims are averaged over more than 30,000 companies, just like yours

    2. The Chambers uses a pooling concept on health and dental benefit claims

    3. Small fluctuations to a firm’s claims do not automatically factor into the rates giving firms a greater opportunity for rate stability over the long term

  6. Not-For-Profit

    1. Chambers Plan operates under the direction of the not-for-profit Chambers of Commerce Insurance Corporation of Canada

    2. All surpluses are put back into the plan, keeping your premiums low!

If you’re wondering how you can become a Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan member, give us a call! We can help you determine the plan that is best for you.

Deskercise!

What do you do to keep your body moving when you're at work? It's hard to sit behind a desk all day while maintaining proper posture and avoiding those delicious snacks sitting in the office kitchen, but we found some ways to keep you moving while you're in the office!

1. Tap your toes! Turn on your favourite radio station and tap your toes to the beat of each tune; this keeps your legs moving and your circulation flowing! 

Fitness

2. Take the stairs! We know the elevator is easier, but if you work on a lower floor and you're up for a challenge, try the stairs a couple times per week! 

3. Wait by the printer! Sure, this might sound a little bit boring, but why not do some calf raises while waiting for your pages to print?

4. Butt squeezes! Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know this sounds funny, but why not tone those glutes when no one is looking?! Just squeeze your cheeks together and hold for 5-10 seconds until you get tired and wait for the results!

5. Leg raises! Simply lift your legs, hold them in place for 5-10 seconds and then lower them slowly without allowing your feet to touch the ground. If it's not hard enough you can loop your purse around your feet for some extra weight. 

 

Like these tips? Check back for more next week or follow this link for the full article!