Time. Chances are you would like to have more at your disposal. Time seems to be the biggest hurdle that every entrepreneur has to face on a daily basis. Especially when it comes to building your personal knowledge base. Business is ever evolving and it can be overwhelming for an entrepreneur to keep up. So how can you balance the need to keep up with the latest in business techniques without sacrificing the time to run your business? One easy option it to turn to the world of podcasts, which can offer meaningful insights in easily digestible chunks.  Today we list our top five free podcasts for entrepreneurs.

Five Free Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

PowderKeg: This is a rapidly growing podcast for good reason. It features a solid guest line up and in depth interviews. While its focus is on the tech industry, this podcast highlights entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley; learning how they found traction and ultimately success. This free podcast for entrepreneurs goes beyond just tech talk, offering valuable insights for any business big or small.

Richard Phu: The tag line of this podcast is “Helping Business Owners to Stay In Their Genius-Zone.” From self actualization to tangible business insights, this podcast helps entrepreneurs to build time and acquire balance into their lives, without sacrificing success. Working with a range of experts, Richard Phu is one part guru one part consultant and all parts helpful.

Hack The Entrepreneur: If you are in need of a kick in the pants, look no further than Hack The Entrepreneur. This podcast offers five main hacks; starting a business, mindset mastery, habits, mindset, and ideas. Its core goal is to offer actionable tips that will move the listener from ideas to execution. If you want a clear road map for success, this podcast is a good place to start.

Success Profiles: Brian K Wright created this weekly podcast to motivate and inspire others to live their dreams. Wright chooses guests that exemplify the mantra, “if I can do it, you can do it too.” His guests run the gamut from restaurant franchisees to medical services companies and offer lessons that every business owner can learn from, in just an hour every week.

Leaders In The Trenches: True leaders are those who roll up their sleeves and get to work. In this podcast, leaders across multiple industries, tell the stories that they have learned while out in the field, interacting with clients and managing employees. Leaders in the trenches covers everything from HR issues, struggling with growth of a company and marketing insights. These are lessons from the trenches that any business owner can relate to. Even more importantly, at an average of 30 minutes a pop, these are lessons that are easily folded into your day.

In order to keep moving forward, every business owner must continue to learn and evolve. Podcasts are an easy way to fold this learning into your day. While on your commute, in between meetings or even in the shower; podcasts can help you make the most of your time. Is there a podcast that you can’t live without? Tell us in the comments!

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As December winds down the last weeks of 2016, now is the time to look ahead toward the future; what’s in store for your business in 2017? Follow these four business planning steps to achieve success in the new year.

1. Take an Honest Appraisal of Your Business

To determine your business’ trajectory for the foreseeable future, you must first understand where your business has been. Take a moment to assess your organization from an honest, unbiased angle; ask yourself questions like: Where did we succeed in the last 1-5 years? Where did we fail? What can be done to ensure we don’t repeat our mistakes from 2016?

2. Hold Frequent Planning Meetings

Planning for the future doesn’t take place at any one particular time of the year; you can’t expect to have the entirety of 2017 mapped out before January 1. No, laying out your business’ future is a reoccurring process. Make a point to conduct business planning meetings no less than once a month but no more often than once a week. This way, your teams will stay apprised of any unexpected changes within your business, as well as maintain a working knowledge of current events, strategies, etc.

3. Consider New Ways to Promote

Depending on the size of your business, you may have a marketing team that handles your organization’s promotion strategy from start to finish. There is only so much this team can do for you, however; as a founder, investor or otherwise prominent figure within your company, your presence at conferences, speaking events and on social media is sometimes the most valuable marketing tool your business has. As a result, consider joining online and in-person networking groups that can better expose your organization’s authority to industry influencers and potential customers.

4. Have Courage

Sometimes, the hardest thing the leader of an organization can do is have the courage to make difficult decisions. As a prominent figure, it is your responsibility to see which people and projects are assets to your company and which ones are liabilities. The continued existence of your business relies on knowing when to cut resources that are no longer viable.

Your Company’s Best Year

Business success is rarely instant. It takes time and perseverance to pursue your goals year after year. Through the help of effective business planning, however, the path to growth should become clearer as time goes on. You will understand your industry better, as well as the needs of your clients and/or customers; these, in turn, can only lead to bigger and better results for your company.

Get started today by implementing your own business planning strategy, and make 2017 your company’s best year to date.