Did you know that there are currently around 2 million active podcasts and more than 48 million podcast episodes? This shows you how podcasts are gaining in popularity and fast becoming a favorite marketing and communication tool for business owners and freelancers alike. Even laypeople who have something to share with the world are starting podcasts just for the fun of it.
No matter what your agenda is for starting a podcast, there are many ways to do so, some of them for free. Keep reading to find out how to start a podcast for free and get your voice and story in front of your audiences right now.
Decide on a Name and a Theme
The most important thing for you to figure out about your podcast is what you will call it and what will you speak about. Maybe you have been dreaming about having a platform to share your thoughts on a particular subject for years now. Then it should be easy for you to start pontificating on this subject and release a podcast.
If not, then think about what subject you would like to research and share with your audience. Make sure you can speak on this topic for a long time to come, as you will have to release at least 1 episode a week for the foreseeable future.
Figure Out the Podcasting Platform
There are many podcasting platforms out there, which will host your podcast episodes, some of them for free (until a certain number of episodes or bandwidth is reached). Some examples are:
Do your research and find a platform that works for you. You can always move your podcast later if your needs change, but for now, choose a platform and start uploading your episodes to it.
Start Recording Episodes with What You Have at Home
When you are first starting a podcast, you will want to worry less about recording quality and more about just beginning. You could record your podcast with the headphones or earphones you currently own, or with a lavalier mic if you have one. Some people even use AirPods to record their podcasts at first, because they have a smaller budget.
You can always upgrade your equipment later, once your podcast becomes popular and you have more listeners. You could even go to sites like Craigslist or eBay and spend a little bit of cash to purchase some professional equipment. Check out Multitrack HQ for more tips on how to start a podcast business.
Side Hustle 101 – How to Start a Podcast for Free
With this article on how to start a podcast for free, you are ready to begin your podcast journey today. There’s no need to wait. Interested listeners are waiting to consume and like your content.
You can also provide advertising space on your podcast to local businesses or other companies once your podcast gets off the ground to make that extra moolah. Who knows – you might even be able to quit your 9-5 because your podcast has taken off?
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