It doesn’t cost thousands, not hundreds to start up your podcast. There are so many free toold you can use that you may have with you already. Here are some key essentials for running your podcast:

 

1. Microphone

 

You can use your computer’s built-in microphone, but you’re most probably not going to like how you sound. You can also use the microphone that comes with your earphones or headset, but they’re only going to be marginally better than your computer’s built-in microphone. For best results, it’s highly recommended you consider buying a good quality microphone that’s made for podcasting. Some of the best ones, like the Yeti Microphone which we use for all our podcasts.

 

2. Pop filter

 

You don’t want your d’s, g’s, b’s and p’s (called ‘plosives’) blowing into your microphone and degrading your audio quality. The solution to this is you can put a pop filter in front of your microphone. These normally cost well under $10.

 

3. Audio editing software

 

Professional audio editing software can be quite expensive. However, the good news is there are quite a few FREE options you can choose from. If you’re on a Mac, then Garage Band is a no-brainer. However, if you’re on a PC (or Linux), then you may want to look at Audacity. It’s the most popular audio editing software out there for non-Mac users. We even use this platform for our podcasts.

 

4. Intro/outro for your podcast

 

Most, if not all, good podcasts have an intro and outro in place. If you know what you want your intro/outro to sound like, then you can certainly do it on your own. However, if you’re strapped for time, you can hire a freelancer on Upwork or Fiverr to do the job for you.

 

5. Cover art

 

You can also create your podcast’s cover art yourself. You can use software like Canva or Photoshop to create it. However, if you’re not so artistically inclined and you don’t want your art to look like it was done by a 5-year old, then consider outsourcing it to graphic artists. The good news is this doesn’t have to be expensive at all! Even Fiverr does cover art.

 

6. Podcast hosting service

 

You don’t want to just upload your podcast audio files to your regular web hosting server. This is because audio files can become quite large in size and can cause problems with your web host. For your peace of mind, get a podcast hosting service like Podmio.

These are all the essentials you need to get your podcast going. Not too hard, and really cost effective if you follow our steps.

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