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Hi, I'm Krystal.
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All the time I get asked, “How do you start a podcast?”
Or people also ask me, “What is the best podcast equipment for my podcast?”
“Do I have to have a fancy Studio or expensive equipment?”

Well, today is your lucky day!
I’m happy to report that I started my podcast for under $30! And everything turned out just fine!

No need to get caught up in trying to look all “professional” and having the “right equipment”!
But I got to be honest with you. I feel like I had an advantage when I first started my podcast because I knew that just getting started was the most important factor!

I wasn’t focused on sounding like a professional, because let’s be real here – my podcast is called The Rookie Life for a reason! I was so far from being a professional right out of the gate!

What I focused on instead was delivering amazing content on a consistent basis. This is what I heard time and time again from the podcasters who were already doing it, and doing it really well.

But today, I want to share with you some insight on the best podcast equipment you need to get started.

The Best Podcast Equipment to Get Started

There are 5 things you need to get started with a podcast.
*Note: Not all of these are equipment, but still good to know when you’re getting started!

  1. Computer with Internet (MAC or PC)
  2. USB Microphone
  3. Recording Software (like Audacity, the free program I use)
  4. Hosting Site (like BuzzSprout.com, the platform I’ve used since Day 1)
  5. Know What Day You’re Going to Consistently Publish Podcast Episodes

So let’s dive into each of these, shall we?

[Yup, we have some affiliate links in this post. I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.]

The Exact Podcast Equipment I Used to Get Started

1. A desktop or laptop computer.

For many reasons, you need to have access to a computer.
Not your phone, not a tablet, but an actual computer.
It can be a desktop, a laptop,  a PC or a Mac, whatever you prefer! But you must also have an internet connection.

(I feel silly even typing those words because why would you have a computer without internet, but it’s a question that I didn’t want to answer later on down the road when we actually do need to use the internet…so, there ya go!)

Again, Nothing Fancy! Don’t Overthink This!
I’m not going to say a PC or a MAC is better. I’ve used a MAC, PC, desktop, and laptop when creating many things over the last 5 years. As long as you have an internet connection, you’re golden!

When I first started my podcast, I used our desktop computer. It was really frustrating because I could ONLY work in the office. (Unless I wanted to lug that thing into another room…no thanks!)

Thanks to my birthday AND Christmas falling in the same week (my bday is 2 days before), I lucked out and got a laptop this past year! So, I’ve done both – desktop and laptop. I promise you can make it work with whatever you have too.

You’ll use your computer to connect your USB microphone, the next piece of podcast equipment you need, to record your episodes on your recording software, like Audacity.

 

2. The exact mic I used for the 1st 10 months!

That means 37 episodes of my podcast were recorded on a $21 USB microphone from Amazon. So just to reiterate, you don’t have to have fancy equipment to start a podcast!

 

I recently purchased my first Blue Yeti microphone. The only reason why I bought this new fancy mic is that I received an unexpected $100 Amazon gift card. (Umm, yeah I was excited!) And it’s funny because I knew exactly what I was going to buy with it when I got. “Mama’s gonna get a new microphone!”

 

But again…

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO START WITH FANCY PODCAST EQUIPMENT!

It just needs to be a USB Microphone that you can plug into your computer!

 

3. Recording Software: Audacity or GarageBand

Once you start recording your voice (and your podcast) with your USB microphone on whatever computer you use on your podcasting software, you also have to do some editing.

No! No! No! Don’t you run away just because I said the word editing!

People get tripped up with the thought that they have to have a show that sounds like all of the other podcasts out there. You know what I’m talking about. The ones that are produced by entire teams of people in a multimillion-dollar studio.

But let me give you the truth…

I’m cheap.
I’ve got a country accent.
And I like to do things without asking for permission.

What I mean by that is I sat and consumed podcasts for 3 years before I realized this was thing regular people can do too. Actually, it wasn’t even until I saw a blogger start her podcast and she’s not as big as some of the other BIG podcasts out there.

After watching her create her podcast I realized that I could do this too, or at least I could figure it out.

I’ve bootstrapped this entire podcast from Day 1 and I continue to be a one-woman show when it comes to recording, producing, editing, and marketing The Rookie Life.

So believe me when I tell you…If I can do this, YOU can do this!

Okay, let’s get back to editing.

I posted about the Basics of Audacity here, but my best advice is to get in there and start recording and playing with all the buttons. Just pretend like you are a kid in a candy shop and you want to consume everything!

Try out different features.
See what it sounds like when you speed up your voice.
See what it sounds like when you slow your voice down.
Listen to how loud you are when you crank the volume up.
Listen to yourself when the volume is really really low.

Record yourself saying ridiculous things like, “This is me recording my podcast. I have no idea what I’m doing! But Krystal said this was going to be fun!”

Don’t worry about sounding silly or messing up or saying “Umm” too much or yawning or hitting your knee on the desk or burping or totally losing your train of thought!

Don’t compare yourself starting to where other people are today after years of podcasting. You won’t get there overnight, but you definitely won’t get there if you never get started!

And while we’re on the topic, please don’t get sucked into the lie that you have to sound perfect on a podcast! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve said, like, cleared my throat, and other ridiculous things that I probably should have edited out.

But [GASP] I left them in there. I knew that someone somewhere would hear the podcast and think, “You know, she sounds okay even when she messes up. Maybe I can do this too.”

There’s even a fun episode where my kids interrupt an interview. (“Fun” isn’t really the word I’d use to describe it at the time. More like embarrassed.)

But I left the entire saga of older brothers not helping little brother watch Puppy Dog Pals. You can find that here on Episode Amy’s interview.

The point is, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

Just hit RECORD and starts podcasting!

Interested in more information about podcasts?
Check out the FREE Resource Library!

 

4. Hosting Site

Okay, we’re finally to the point where you need an internet connection. You have to set up a hosting site. Now, let me explain what a hosting site is…
Think of the World Wide Web.
Or the cloud.
Or where the government keeps all of our secrets…

(Totally kidding about that last one, I hope…)

Whatever you want to think of the internet. But your hosting site is the house where your podcast lives. And in your podcasting house is where you’re going to publish your episodes each week.

Picture this…your podcast house has many telephone wires coming out of it. These telephone wires, in the metaphorical sense, are the connections to the platforms you want your podcast to show up on like iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, etc.

You don’t upload your podcast to ALL of these different platforms each week.

I know, I just heard your audible sigh of relief!  
That’s one less thing YOU have to do! Your podcast hosting site does it for you!

I prefer Buzzsprout.com for many reasons, but I’ll give you the quick and dirty version.

  • They let you host your podcast 90 days for FREE! (Did I mention I was cheap earlier?)
    • I love the idea when I was first starting out that I could try out this platforms for FREE before I ever committed to something I needed to figure out.
    • And when that 90 day trial was up, I was more than happy to throw my money at them!
  • They have such an awesome platform and they are continuously looking for ways to serve their podcast Community customers!
  • If you want to see what they are all about, I suggest you check out their website or even join their FREE Facebook community where they answer everyday podcasting questions.

 

5. Pick a Day & Stick with It!

All right, we’re on the home stretch. The last thing to consider when you’re setting up the best podcast equipment that you can is to pick a day and show up for your audience consistently!

What day of the week are you going to commit to?
What time will your podcast load?
What works best for your schedule?
What is a realistic day you can show up each week?
What day of the week do your listeners want to hear from you?

These are all things to consider when developing your podcast and deciding on how you want your show produced.

I know it doesn’t really have a lot to do with actual podcast equipment, but it’s also worth mentioning that CONSISTENCY IS KEY to a podcast’s success! So why not mention it when we’re talking about getting everything set up?

And that’s it!!

You’re ready to create the best podcast setup you can, even if you have a pretty tight budget!
You can do this, Rookie! I’m rootin’ for ya…

Be sure to check out BuzzSprout.com to see if they are the hosting site you’ve always wanted.  I also encourage you to Download Audacity and start playing around with the software. Don’t forget about the Audacity Basics post here.

Keep it up, Rookies. We all have to start somewhere!

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