Listen While You Work: Our Top 5 Favorite Podcasts

If you’re like us, not a day goes by without sticking in our earbuds for a little audio entertainment. And, when we’re not playing some sweet, sweet playlists, we’re tapping into the mind-expanding, thought-provoking and endlessly entertaining world of podcasts.

Here’s a quick roundup of the podcasts we’ve been listening to…

All Songs Considered

We’re fueled on the daily by awesome music and gather a lot of new inspiration from NPR’s longstanding podcast, All Songs Considered. Like Indie rock? Hip hop? Folk? Baroque? It covers every genre imaginable, so we’re always trying out new tunes and diversifying our music-listening.

Average listen time: ~ 20–60 minutes

My Favorite Murder

Talking about serial killers and strange cases may not necessarily be your bread and butter. But, behind every homicide case is a seriously interesting story that is (usually) rarely uncovered. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark of My Favorite Murder are two brilliant, hilarious ladies that totally understand their weird obsession with death, and embrace it in a way that’s always captivating.

Average listen time: ~ 45–60 minutes

Hidden Brain

Most marketers are also secret psychology nerds — after all, there’s a lot of connection between human behavior and marketing. Hidden Brain takes a light, friendly approach to understanding why people think or do certain things, and uncovers new studies about behavior and the brain. Covering topics from humor to terrorism, it’s a social sciences class rolled up into audible bites.

Average listen time: ~ 25–30 minutes

This Feels Terrible

Ahhh, love, relationships, and the weird, hilarious bummers that happen along the way. Comedian Erin McGathy takes talking about relationships to a brand new level in This Feels Terrible, interviewing exes and casually discussing details of her own love life. Storytelling at its finest, this podcast helps us put a positive spin on our own, often messy and complicated, lives.

Average listen time: ~ 60–90 minutes

Out There

We’re not always tied to our computers, but when we are, sometimes a podcast about the great outdoors can get us through to the next great hike. The wonders of the natural world are literally everywhere around us, and the hosts of Out There take a beautiful, mindful approach to discussing how incredible it all is.

Average listen time: ~ 15–30 minutes

Our Favorite Side-Hustles

Today it is easier than ever to make some extra cash online (no, not the Craigslist kind). Finding trusted and reliable outlets for your professional talents can be tough, but the Internet is well-known territory for a proper side-hustle. Fact is, if you only have one source of income, you’re doing it wrong. Here are our favorite extracurricular destinations for getting paid a lil’ something extra.

  • Respondent: We love a good focus group. Thanks to the ubiquity of the Internet and companies in need of solid product feedback, there is no shortage of online market research. Sign up with LinkedIn (for professional verification) and get a daily log of new and relevant research invitations. Everything from cannabis topicals to mobile banking solutions, there are a ton of opportunities to meet one-on-one or give your feedback remotely. If you qualify, you can make $90 to $150 for 60 minutes of your precious time and input.
  • Upwork: Your skills are valuable! We’ve dipped our toe into the freelance world and Upwork is a great place to start. From copywriting to link building, there’s someone looking for something you got. Getting started might be an uphill battle, but once you’ve established yourself with reviews and a roster of client work, you can take on as much or as little as you’d like.
  • 99 Designs: Hello, creatives! If logo-making is your ‘thing’ then join up here and battle with others. No, seriously, it’s like a thunder-dome for creatives. The platform is built to have multiple graphic designers tackle a client project (business cards, collateral, logo identity, etc) and the client gets to select from their favorites and choose a winner. Expect fierce competition and some plagiarizing from cut-throat designers trying to cop your style to move to the next round. But the payout is significant and the process is actually fun.
  • TranscribeMe: Micro-tasking out labor-intensive tasks like transcription is a brilliant system for an online workforce. TranscribeMe has a huge crowd force of transcriptionists who take small snippets of audio and transcribe (or translate) them into helpful, searchable text. Sign up, pass the test, and join a community of side hustlers.
  • Constant Content: Participate in the ever-growing need for good and professional content creation. Turn your writer’s block into actual money with assigned topics and themes that interest you. It’s healthy to stretch your writing muscles, so get to the “gym” and workout your keyboard. Developing your skills to fit the voice of a client is a great exercise for that full-time gig.

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