How to Start a Podcast

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We know, we know, everyone and their mother has made a podcast in the past few years. However, if everybody’s doing something, there’s probably a reason for that. Creating a podcast is something you can do on your own – without a big company to back you up – and, if successful, can be incredibly lucrative. If you ever dreamed of being the next Alex Cooper or Joe Rogan but don’t know how to get started, we’ve got you covered!

Newcomers Are Welcome

Like most creative jobs, raw talent is more important in the podcast world than experience.

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Don’t take our word for it, though. Emma Gray and Claire Fallon of Love to See It admit, “We had absolutely zero experience hosting, producing, or editing audio before diving in headfirst. Like so many things, you can learn on the job.”

The Equipment

You may not need a big company backing you up to create a podcast, but you will need some basic equipment. The most important things are good headphones and a quality microphone – anything else is just a bonus. That said, experienced podcasters swear by online programs like Riverside and Zencastr.

Getting Guests

While plenty of podcasts are one-person shows, it’s good to have at least a few guests on to keep things interesting. When first starting out, you can interview people you know who may have a unique story to tell.

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As you gain more recognition, you can start to reach out to strangers on social media. Ayana Lage of Asked by Ayana suggests, “Keep it short and sweet and offer to send more information via email if they’re interested.”

Tips and Tricks

If you’re wondering whether or not you even have a good topic for a podcast, take Jonathan Zelinger of Paired Down’s advice: “Ask yourself, ‘Is there something I want to listen to that doesn’t exist yet?’ If the answer is yes, you have a podcast idea on your hands.” As for any concerns about not having swanky equipment or exemplary technical skills, Gray and Fallon insist, “Fancy sound cues and other high-level production things are great, but a podcast can be really good and scrappy as long as the topic and host draw you in.”

So, get out there, start recording, and may the podcasting stars be ever in your favor!