One of the most productive things accountants can do during their morning commute is expand their knowledge by listening to industry-related podcasts. No matter what area of interest or specialization you may have, there's sure to be a podcast to satisfy that need. If you want to improve your professional skills and expand your firm, skip the self-help books and head straight for a podcast. Here's our top ten podcasts to check out.
1. Accounting Best Practices with Steve Bragg
This is one of the most popular tax-related podcasts out there — it's been downloaded millions of times. The host, Steve Bragg, covers everything accounting-related, from best practices to investor relations. Other topics include technology, how to account for cryptocurrencies, and payroll. There are more than 307 episodes available to listen to and each one is short — only about 5-8 minutes long. The bite-sized episodes will help you stay educated on all things accounting. The podcast has a 4.6-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
2. Grow My Accounting Practice
Grow My Accounting Practice is another podcast dedicated to the business side of running a tax practice. Run by Mike Michalowicz and Chris Curran, this podcast is dedicated to helping accountants learn skills vital to making their practice thrive and grow, including marketing, pricing their services, hiring, and managing employees. There are more than 100 half-hour long episodes available to start listening and learning tips and tricks to grow your firm. The podcast has a 4.7-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
3. What’s Your “And”?
According to John Garrett, he is living “proof that CPA’s can be funny.” And his podcast takes that message to heart. On the podcast, the self-described recovering CPA shows that there’s more to life than your job and explores all the cool things that accountants, consultants, lawyers, and other professionals are doing outside of their office. Garrett also delves into how those hobbies impact careers and drive innovation. There are more than 500 episodes and each one is about 20-30 minutes long. The podcast has a 4.9-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
4. Accounting Today Podcast
Any accountant who is a fan of Accounting Today will feel right at home with this podcast. Listeners benefit from the same level of prestige and award-winning coverage of all things accounting, with information for accounting students as well as experienced industry experts. Hosted by the magazine's editors, the show will keep you informed on the latest and trending topics within the industry. Episode lengths range from 10-30 minutes. There are more than 100 episodes available to listen to. The podcast has a 4.2-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
5. Future-Proof with Bill Sheridan
Host Bill Sheridan discusses how to “future-proof your organization and your career in a complex and chaotic world.” He chats with thought leaders from across the industry to have some fascinating conversations about all the business-centric things your practice needs to succeed long term. Of the 146 available episodes, the length ranges from 30 minutes up to an hour. The podcast has a 4.8-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
6. The Journal of Accountancy Podcast presented by AICPA
Hosted by senior editor at the Journal of Accountancy Neil Amato, this podcast covers a wide range of topics to help busy accountants stay informed. Listening will help you keep up with the latest trends in the industry. Topics include productivity tips, managing energy for success, fraud red flags, and the secrets to opening a new CPA office. Guests are often brought to the show to bring in a unique perspective. The episodes are short, at about 10 minutes long, but there are nearly 200 episodes available to start listening to. The podcast has a 3.9-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
7. Practice Success Podcast By Canopy
Have you wondered what it takes to thrive in the accounting industry? Or how the experts established their successful careers? Learn from industry experts with Canopy.
In each episode of the Practice Success Podcast, Canopy takes a deep dive with accounting professionals, exploring their career trajectory, extracting advice for firms, and discussing the latest trending topics.
8. Cryptocurrency for Beginners: with Crypto Casey
Stay up to date on the latest news involving cryptocurrency through Crypto Casey's podcast, which is geared toward a novice audience (as the title implies.) Of the 55 available episodes, they average about 17-22 minutes long — perfect for a shorter drive to the office. On the podcast, Crypto Casey educates her audience on the concept of cryptocurrency and covers trending topics from Bitcoin to DogeCoin. The podcast has a 4.8-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
9. Taxgirl Podcast
In this tax-focused podcast, host Kelly Phillips Erb talks about tax news, policy and shares information about taxes. She is a practicing tax attorney who started the series to open conversations about taxes, finances and how we make decisions on both. If you're looking to brush up on your tax knowledge, this is a great listen. There are 49 episodes available and the average length ranges from 30-40 minutes. The podcast has a 4.8-star rating on Apple Podcasts.
10. Two Drunk Accountants
The title of this podcast doesn't beat around the bush and pretty much tells you everything you need to know — two Australian accountants (Dan Osborne and Tim Garth) talk about different accounting topics over a "lovely beverage," as they put it. Of the 159 available episodes, lengths vary from 45 minutes to about an hour. The hosts cover a wide array of accounting subjects, from discussing if you need to keep receipts to going over marketing plans for your firm. It has a 4.8-star rating on Apple Podcasts.