Today we are going to talk about how to create a podcast on a budget. So you want to start a podcast, but you don’t think you have the funds to support one? Maybe your money is mostly going towards other necessities rather than things for entertainment, or you are just trying to save. Yet you still want to create and create good content. There are ways to budget and make things work with what little cash you have! It just takes a little bit of time, practice, and create thinking.
First, take inventory of things that you do have. Focus on the positives and all the things that you have already at your disposal, rather than things you wish you had. This will set you up for a more positive atmosphere when thinking of making your podcast on a budget, and helps remind you that there are things you can do with what you have. An important thing to remember is that you can always get better and improve your podcast, and your equipment. Everything takes time, so relax and be patient. Just because you might not be starting where everyone else is, or where you think you should be, doesn’t mean that you aren’t starting at all. Just taking the step to sit down and figure things out is a first step! Podcasting should be fun, not discouraging!
After you have taken notice of all of the things that you do have, think of how you can use them. You do not need fancy new equipment to start a podcast. You can use things that you already own! You have your computer and, depending on the brand and model, you might already have some applications on there that you can use. Apple products come already stocked with Garageband, a free music app that you can use as a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). It is free and very simple to use. If you are using a PC, you can find versions of programs online and download them for free. Ask your friends too! Maybe they have some reliable sources that you can tap into as well.
In regards to other equipment like microphones and mixers, think about what you already have. You don’t necessarily need a mixer to start out with. If you are interested, take a look at this article where we discuss podcast mixers and why would might want one.
You might already have a podcast microphone in your stash of equipment and not even know it. Every artist should have a few basic things in their closet. A decent microphone that you can use for anything, some cables (XLR and TRS), a decent set of over the ear headphones, and some adapters. Chances are, you might already have a couple things from this list that you have at your disposal, or can get for relatively an inexpensive price. Really sturdy dynamic microphones can be found at a relatively inexpensive price and last for a long time. You can even find ones that have USBs or find adapters for a great price! A microphone is a microphone and will get the job done, no matter what you need it for. You can check out some other really great podcast microphones in this article here below.
Once you have some of the equipment figured out, all you need to do is get creating. Once your actual podcast content is created and you are ready to publish it, you can go ahead and publish it! But another thing is missing–your album art! Maybe your Photoshop skills are slim to none, or maybe you don’t even have Photoshop. No worries! Going back to using what you have, find a program on your computer that will let you create or edit. Yes, even Paint will work. You can create something simple using a program already installed on your computer, or if you really want something clean and fun, get one of your friends involved! While you should always support your artist friends, if you can do an art swap of sorts to get some cover art, definitely talk it out. Maybe in exchange for doing some art for you, you can invite them on your podcast and talk about what great work they are doing and where people can find them. Or maybe negotiating a fair price for what you are asking since you are on a budget.
Budgeting does not mean that you cannot do things. It just means that you find creative and inexpensive ways to do things instead of spending all of your savings on shiny new equipment. Being on a budget means that you can save some money and still do all the things you want to! A lack of funds should not control your creativity and productivity–you just have to think a little outside the box about it, and maybe even not that hard. Podcasting should be fun as long as you don’t stress about it! Do not pin yourself down and think negatively. As long as you are creating and having fun, whatever equipment you are using does not matter. Remember–quality over quantity.
Keep on listening and keep on creating,