How to Start a Podcast

Do you want to start your own podcast? You can, whether you’re looking to make some extra cash on the side or turn it into a full-time career. But where do you start? This guide will walk you through everything you need to know in order to get started with your own podcasting business and bring your show to the public at large. Whether you’re thinking about starting your own podcast or just looking for how to start a podcast, this step-by-step guide has all the information you need and will be an invaluable resource when launching your new business venture or creating your own podcast show.

Step 1. Pick a format

There are dozens of podcast formats out there, but most fall into one of these categories: news/informational, how-to/advice, interview/conversation or music. Narrow down your topic and think about what format would best suit it. For example, if you want to host an advice show for new dog owners, you’d probably want to pick an interview format so you can take calls from listeners with questions.

Step 2. Choose your equipment

Even an amateur podcast doesn’t need much in terms of equipment. Unless you’re planning on doing professional-level podcasts (in which case you probably don’t need instructions), anything that plugs into your laptop and records sound will work for you. Your most expensive purchase will be your microphone.

Step 3. Know your audience

Before you launch your podcast, research your audience. What are their interests? What podcasts do they listen to? You can even take it a step further and ask for feedback on what they would like to hear about. Knowing these things up front will help your content (and your show) resonate with people and build an audience that cares about what you have to say. Start by checking out other podcasts in your industry or niche and see how they do things; use what works for you, and experiment with new ideas.

Step 4. Pick your topic(s)

Many things can go wrong while recording your podcast. It’s important that you still have fun! As long as you are having fun, other people will enjoy listening to you podcast. Think of it like hanging out with friends; sure, they may see your flaws (I certainly do when I look at myself in pictures), but they don’t care because they like your company.

Step 5. Have fun!

And when you’re done, don’t forget to have fun. Seriously. If you aren’t having fun, then it won’t feel natural and you may end up quitting. If something feels tedious, take a break or change gears and do something else for a while. Be sure that what you are working on is both interesting and engaging. Your brain will thank you for it!

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