I know. You’re a small business owner. Who has time to watch TV, right?
But if you are going to turn on the boob-tube, then you use that time to learn something that will help your business grow and make lots of money. Here’s a list of 8 Must See Television Shows for Small Business Owners…
1.) Shark Tank
Want to get inside the minds of cuthroat early stage investors? Check out the drama on Shark Tank as entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to investors who make a decision on the spot whether or not to fund their business. Based on the BBC show Dragon’s Den, Shark Tank will keep you entertained with the arrogance of the investors and the ignorance of the entrepreneurs. Shark Tank will give you good ideas into how equity deals are structured and what investors look for. Fridays at 9PM ET.
This CNBC show features 12 episodes of everyday people that went from idea to million dollar businesses. Take Maribeth Sanford for example, who started putting logos on shopping bags with her graphic design skills and now does $40 million per year. If you want to see the stories of brands like Burt’s Bees and Life Is Good, How I Made My Millions can be seen on a rolling basis on CNBC.
3.) The Profit
In each episode, Marcus Lemonis makes an offer that’s impossible to refuse; his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. And once inside these companies, he’ll do almost anything to save the business and make himself a profit; even if it means firing the president, promoting the secretary or doing the work himself.
4.) Your Business
JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s Your Business, the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Now in its seventh season, the program has profiled hundreds of small business owners and offered advice from countless business experts and investors.
5.) The Office
Everyone needs some comic relief once in a while and although the business applications from this NBC comedy are few and far between, it’s something every business person can relate to. If you’re looking to unwind and be thankful that you don’t work at a corporate paper company, check out The Office.
Check out David Siteman Garland, author of Smarter, Faster, Cheaper on his web show The Rise To The Top. David has interviewed over 250 business people and each show has a strategic lesson in it that you learn from the interviewee, ie: Steal These Ideas: How Diamond Candles Went From 0-40,000 Facebook Fans in 8 Months. David’s enthusiasm pours through the screen and we love how he chose to keep full control of the show and broadcast on the web only over ABC.
Like The Rise To the Top, Mixergy is a web show that features full length interviews with successful entrepreneurs from the founders of Wikipedia, Kiva and Groupon. Andrew Warner digs deep into the processes, strategy and tactics behind each of these successful businesses. Andrew is even experimenting with new media models, giving away his interviews for free and then charging for the valuable archives.
8.) The Big Idea!
While this show has been off the air since 2008 The Big Idea! with Donny Deutsch is a classic. Donny founded one of the top advertising agencies and brings energy and experience to the screen. The show brands itself as “Your Toolkit to Success” and brings in entrepreneurs who need to help or who have been successful before and puts them in front of their panel of experts.
Check out a few episodes we found on Hulu.
Personally I wish there were one dedicated to talking about marketing strategies, specifically daily deal marketing. I do showcase many success stories in the Daily Deals for Massive Profits Training Program. Maybe my next venture. Anyways, what are your favorites? What else would you add to the list. Comment below.
About Stacey Riska
Stacey Riska, aka "Small Business Stacey" is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about helping small and local business owners get MORE: MORE leads, MORE customers/clients, MORE sales, and MORE money. She transformed her coffee and smoothie business from being $500K in debt to a 7-figure profitable business by using daily deal marketing. Now she teaches others how to skyrocket their business growth and get massive profits. When not saving the small business world, she enjoys sipping red wine, eating chocolate (who doesn't!) and spending time with her amazing husband.