So you’ve heard about people making some cash from talking into a mic and posting it online? It’s true. And it’s pretty easy for anyone to start their own podcast. What’s not easy is turning it into a profitable money-making machine.
The first and most important step: you need an idea. A topic. A niche. Don’t pick a topic just because you think it will be the money-maker. Pick something you are truly interested in, otherwise you’re going to quit after a few months. If you’re interested in the subject then you’ll keep making and posting your recordings and it’ll be enjoyable. Even when only 1 person (your mom) is listening to them. When it’s enjoyable for you and your postings are consistent: you gain followers! It takes time so be patient and love every minute of it!
Create a schedule. I suggest planning on posting at least one podcast per week. Choose a day/time and stick to it. It helps to create the first 5-10 recordings ahead of time so you have some cushion and aren’t freaking out about sticking to schedule.
Now, you have the idea and the schedule. The last step is buying your equipment.
The best part about starting a podcast is you don’t have to invest a ton of cash in order to begin posting your stories. If after a while your podcast begins to grow in followers and you find yourself making some cash then you can reinvest and improve your setup. But to get going for really cheap, this list is king.
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The most obvious part of this list is a microphone. If you run a search on Amazon you will find a lot of options with a huge range of prices. This is a great starter mic for only $50 and the reviews are solid. I personally know podcasters that use this microphone.
As the name suggests, the pop filter prevents that popping sound when air hits the mic while you’re speaking. A must-have for professional sounding recordings.
Made of lightweight steel, this boom arm helps keep your space cleared while recording. It also makes it easier to position the mic exactly where you want it during recording. This way you’re not bent over or stacking books to bring the mic up to level.
Assuming you already have a computer, this is really all you need to get started! Pretty simple, right?
Now that you’ve finished the easy part, you only need to think of a niche and start recording your shows. Get to work!
Best of luck to you on your podcast journeys!