How to start a Podcast on a budget

How to Start a Podcast on a budget. A short guide to start a podcast without breaking the bank.

Podcast has cycled back into popularity with the help of shows like Serial and Welcome to Nightvale.

But if you’re just hearing about ‘podcast’ for the first time and you’re looking at me in confusion asking: ‘what is a podcast?’

Look no further:

pod·cast
ˈpädˌkast/

noun
1. a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

In the simplest form a podcast is a ‘radio show’ you can download or stream to your computer or phone.

Nowadays anyone can start a podcast of their own. Recently Maria of Maria Celina and I started our very own podcast called Seachanges.

Seachanges is a conversation between friends about the sea changes that’s going on in our lives.

We were inspired to start because Justin Jackson of Build and Launch podcast advised his listeners to just use the tools they have on hand.

If you’re like us, you’re also paralyzed into inaction because you are also overwhelmed with the basics of how to start and thinking about the cost of producing a podcast.

In truth when we finally buckled down to work on Seachanges we had little to no production cost. We could have sprung for a microphone and some other stuff but I don’t think we really needed to.

You can start a podcast without breaking the bank.

Here are the tools we used to create Seachanges?

  • A microphone.

Or in our case: a headset with a microphone. There are a lot of professional grade microphones you can use but if you just want to start, even the audio recorder in your phone can work.

If you do want to know which high quality microphone to buy Chase Reeves of Fizzle has an extensive High Quality Microphone Shootout.

We used Quicktime to record our conversation. I’m not sure what the equivalent is for Windows but on a Mac, Quicktime is already bundled in.

We recorded the first few episodes together but since Maria lives in Indonesia (now in London!), Skype is really essential for us!

This is the free audio editing program Maria uses to edit the program. Did I mention Maria is the best?

There are several places where you can use free music for you podcast, even Garage Band (if you’re on a mac) has some music you can use.

This is where our podcast is hosted. We haven’t gotten around to having it hosted in iTunes but Soundcloud is good because its free and aesthetically speaking? Pretty.

Since we’re only just starting out Seachanges‘ site is hosted on tumblr with an awesome theme Maria designed.

I think for a first effort Seachanges is okay, there is room for improvement but we’re all works in progress so I think that’s a good thing.

I really love the freedom of creating something without waiting for someone else’s permission. All we needed to do was show up and because I enjoyed making the podcast so much I will be starting a new podcast about creativity and entrepreneurship.

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I’ve also compiled a list of ‘how to start your own podcast’ resources below.

Will you be starting a podcast too? If you are, can you tell me what it will be about?

If you’re not but you want to, what’s stopping you?

Resources:

How to make a podcast (and submit it to iTunes) by Justin Jackson

Know Everything About Podcasting by Jason Zook

Starting a podcast for people who don’t want their lives taken over by podcasting by Paul Jarvis

Irresistible Podcast Course by Adam Clark

19 Free Tools to Start Your Podcast from Scratch from Buffer

######You don’t need a gatekeeper to start here’s a post about the other forms of media you can do without permission: Creation Freeway