Episode 81: So You Want To Start A Podcast?: The Top 10 Tips To Help You Get Started
Maybe you're like us and after listening to so many podcasts you've thought to yourself, "hey, I think I could do that." Or maybe you've been mulling the idea around in your head for a little while but have never quite had the guts to take the first step. Well friend, you're in luck because this week we're breaking down our top 10 tips for how to get started creating a podcast of your very own. We're getting down to the nitty gritty and sharing lots of practical, behind the scenes details to equip you to go out and get started!
- Record in your closet. You don't have to have a fancy sound engineer or rent out a recording studio to have professional sound quality. A good old fashioned closet will work just fine for sound proofing your recording space.
- Invest in a quality microphone. Take the money you saved by recording in your closet and put it into your microphone. We use this one, but there are lots to choose from.
- Commit to a schedule. Whether it's once a week or once a month, after you decide how often you'll release a show, stick to it. In the podcasting world, there are a lot of factors outside of your control, but the two things you have power over are quality and consistency, so do those things well.
- Record at least 3-5 episodes ahead of time. You never know when unexpected events will come up or when an episode you planned to release will have a glitch, so having plenty of episodes in the bank will ensure you never have to miss a release date. It also keeps you from the last minute panic of "oh shoot do I have an episode for this week?!"
- Start creating a community before your show debuts so you're not launching to a cold audience. Get people excited ahead of time and let the anticipation mount before you launch in order to gain some momentum before you even start.
- Join "She Podcasts" on Facebook and any other industry/target market specific Facebook groups. These groups have been immensely helpful in answering questions for us and it's always good to keep a pulse on what's going on with your industry.
- Another great tool is Jacey Verdicchio's e-book "Start Your Podcast". Without this book, we'd still be wondering which microphone to buy or how to press record. Jacey outlines the tools you'll need, and walks your through steps like crafting your mission statement and identifying your target audience. We can't recommend this book enough!
- Take one step at a time. Especially after listening to this episode or reading this e-book, you may feel overwhelmed with all the steps you need to take- but take a deep breath. You can only take one step at a time and there are certain (read: most) aspects you simply can't rush. Done is better than perfect and your first, tenth, or fiftieth iteration may not be exactly what you want, but if you try to do it all at once, you'll crash and burn. So stop, breathe, and just pick one task to start with.
- With that being said, having a plan will keep you sane. We suggest having a quarterly content planning session to brainstorm and map out upcoming episodes. We've found that a year is too broad to plan out and monthly doesn't give us a full scope of what's to come and what's already been released.
We're such fans of people (especially women) starting their own shows and always love to chat with other podcasters! Shoot us an email or find us on Instagram and let us know if you have a show and where you are in your podcast so we can cheer you on!