3 Types of Podcasts Translators Should Listen to

When I discovered podcasts a few years ago, I said: “that is it! That is what I was looking for.”

 Then podcasts became an essential part of my life. I listened to about 250 hours of audio episodes in the last two years!

 Listening to podcasts can solve a real problem for you as a freelance translator.

 You already know you need to attend a course or read books to improve your business, but you do not have time for that.

 You are always busy; one day, you work in an urgent translation assignment, the next day, you need to finish your admin and invoicing work, then you may receive another translation assignment, and the loop continues again and again.

 Listening can be an excellent solution for you in case you do not have time to study courses or read books.

 In this article, I will let you know what types of podcasts you need to listen to if you like to improve your freelance translation business.  But first, let me answer a question.

Why Do Freelance Translators Need to Listen to Podcasts?

There are three reasons why I think you need to listen to podcasts. Here they are:

There are Three Types of Podcasts That Freelance Translators Should Listen to

The list below is not exclusive; I change the names and types of the podcasts I listen to every 3-4 months. It all depends on what I want to learn about.

But there are general types of podcasts I listen to regularly.

Type #1: General Business Podcasts

Podcasts that talk about business can help you run your translation business better. Also, you can learn from the failures and successes of others. But remember, you are unique and need to run your translation business your way.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Type #2: Marketing Advice Podcasts:

As marketing is essential for any successful translation business, you need to learn more about the different marketing strategies you can use. Try to listen to podcasts that focus on B2B marketing, as these are more related to our business as translators.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Type #3: Translation-Related Podcasts:

Of course, you cannot ignore podcasts that are related to the translation and localization industry. There are a few of them. Below is a list of my favorite podcasts in our space.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Click Here to visit this podcast page.

Recommended Mobile Apps to Listen to Podcasts:

If you like to become a podcast junkie like me, you need to install a mobile application for podcasts. These are my favorite ones:

For Android users: you can use Podcast Addict application. This is a fantastic one. It has a powerful search feature that makes me miss my Android phone very badly.

For iPhone users: you can use the Stitcher application. I use this personally. You can set a limit for the downloads coming from podcasts and has a nice interface.

Final Words

If you do not have time to attend courses or read books, podcasts can be a real help for you. Subscribe to your favorite podcasts and make your smartphone work for you. This can be a life-changing learning experience.

Comment below and let me know what you think about using podcasts instead of books and/or courses.

  • Becky says:

    Fellow podcast fan here 😄 Thanks for this, Sherif! Will definitely check out the few I don’t know about yet! I also recommend Copyblogger FM (for copywriters but still applies to translators).

  • Elzbieta says:

    Thank you for the list, Sherif, another fellow podcast fan here! I also listen to podcasts by Millo.co. Although originally focused on creative business, it has a lot of useful tips on general management and prosperity in freelance business. Podcasts also help me keep up-to-date in my specialisation (I would recommend “Fintech Insider by 11:FS” for those specialising in everything fintech, banking, technology and financial services).

  • Bushra says:

    Thank you for this article. As far as I am concerned, I cannot listen to podcasts and do other tasks as mentioned, mainly if it’s as long as one hour. I need to take notes while listening to make use of the tips given. I think if the podcast is transcribed, it can be read in less time!

    • Sherif Abuzid says:

      Thanks for commenting Bushra. You are totally right if you like to take notes you have to focus while listening. My way is to consume audio content from different resources while walking or driving. It is all about personal preferences 🙂 Let me know your favorite podcasts.

  • Ghada Hamdy says:

    Kindly, let us know the links for the above mentioned podcasts.

  • Yves Bourjolly says:

    Thank you for those information. Please provide me with the links for those podcasts.

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