Starting a podcast is one of the easiest creative outlets to launch. I recently started a podcast and everything is going really well. I would say it is more time consuming then starting a YouTube channel. Nonetheless, a podcast is easy to start and here are my sequence of events. This can act as your to-do list in order to check off things to launch your podcast.
1. In order to start a podcast you have to know what you want to talk about or cover. Podcasts thrive because they are able to cover interesting topics and stories people want to know about or just listen to while they are doing things.
I knew I wanted a place to talk extensively about my life, the people I care about, and issues I think other people should know about.
2. Get over the insecurities about your voice, lack of equipment, and small audience
I was once one of those people who did not like the sound of their voice, and I got over it. I cannot afford a professional mic, and I worked around it. I would also love 100,000 listeners to validate the legitimacy of my podcast, but that can come with time. Many things come with just putting yourself out there — and I know your voice is not that bad. Everything is personal preference and you cannot please everyone. I personally do not listen to podcasts or watch videos from people who have a voice I do not like. But, guess what? That is one viewer they lost, and there are a bunch of other people who will listen. Also, there are a bunch of people I can watch who are covering similar topics! As for my audio, I use my iPhone voice notes. I personally like the way it sounds and have not heard any complaints yet. I airdrop the audio to my laptop and edit on iMovie.
3. Pick a name
Once you have brainstormed ideas for episodes and moved past your fear of putting yourself out there, think of a name! I already knew my name because it explains what I wanted to create content around. There was a name that didn't make the cut. I wanted to use the name "I am them, and they are me" and a friend said that was not it. I recommend that you run it by people for about a month. This is the only thing that I suggest you do not change once your podcast starts. Everything else is pretty much free game to develop overtime.
4. Pick a logo/ image
Your name can help you with an idea for a podcast image. I thought of my logo on my own and then paid a designer to make it for me. It was important to me to work with a Black graphic designer. I worked with @Davimision! He has created things for me in the past and I always loved it. I am going to ask him to create a moving visual of my podcast art for my YouTube channel soon. Check out a bunch of podcasts and figure out what direction you want to go. You should pay for your art! Please do not ask anyone to do free work. I knew that starting this podcast would at least cost me $50-$100 for art.
5. Pick a song/ instrumental for your show
Almost every single podcast has music to kick off and end their show. You should do the same. I recommend finding an up and coming beat maker and have them make something for you. I paid $40 for a 3 minute beat that I use during my show. Even if you are not getting paid for your podcasts, this will make sure that your episodes will not be copyright claimed for using content that is not yours. If you want to know more about copyright claims, just google it.
6. Do you have a phone, laptop, and debit card?
These items are very expensive, but if you already have them then creating content will be easy for you. They are very important foundational materials that makes creating a podcast "free" and easy. The iPhone acts as a recording device, a laptop (hopefully a mac) for editing the audio, and a debit card to purchase a podcast platform to upload your show to different platforms. There are free platforms, but have a debit card makes online business easier.
7. Now you can start drafting your first episode or introduction episode and show notes template
You are going to want to start with a script. Write out what you want to say, so you can put all your ideas on a document. This will allow you to cover things like your upload schedule, social medias, and any other important things you want people to know about your show. I personally wanted my intro to be more than just a 5 minute welcome. I wanted to give people a story. I personally never listen to peoples first episodes, so I had to make mine something I wanted to listen to. The show notes are so important because they will give your listeners information about the episode and how to interact with you. If you create a template you can easily insert it every time you upload a show and fill in additional details you may need. Check out my show notes for an example. You can google templates or just look at informative show notes that you will like to copy.
8. Practice recording your first episode
Before I posted my first podcast, I did one run through, so that I got all the awkward feelings out. Just read what you wrote out loud and just talk to yourself in a quiet place. I still have to work on this more! Practice makes perfect.
9. Chose a platform to upload your podcasts on
I personally use "Pinecast". This platform is $5 a month and allows you to get your podcasts on different platforms like apple, spotify, and google. I read about a few different platforms; everyone said this was simple and gets the job done. Some people use "Anchor" because I believe it is free when you promote their service in your podcast. I did not want any advertisements in my podcast, and I was not interested in their platform. You can do your research, but if you end up on Pinecast, you will get 40.0% off for 4 months when you sign up for a paid plan for the first time using this code: r-62a849.
10. Once you have everything listed above, record your final version of your first episode and edit it.
You will need to lay your music on your voice track and adjust any low audio in your track. If you need help editing just find editing tutorials on YouTube. Some of these things you should be doing without being told. Many people who succeed on podcasts and YouTube, are resourceful people who figure things out on their own.
11. Upload your episode to the platform of your choice and promote your episodes!
This is all I can think of. If you have any questions comment them! Thank you for reading!