4 Essential Items for a Growing Podcast Business

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While recording podcast episodes on your iPhone or Android may seem cool and convenient, it’s usually something only rookie podcasters do

The smartphone works great for podcast hopefuls looking to experiment in the realm or get their first couple of episodes out on the streets. As your podcast business begins to grow, however, the smartphone simply doesn’t cut it.

There are a number of essential items you will need to take things to the next level and keep it growing from there.

Below are 4 things every growing podcaster should invest in.

Quality Microphone

Anyone who’s recording something on a smartphone knows that there are definitive sound quality limits. As an up-and-comer, you want to make sure your audience can actually listen to what you’re saying and not straining to catch snippets here and there.

High quality microphones  really aren’t that expensive, and they’re a great investment for any professional podcaster.

Professional Headphones

A good pair of headphones are essential. When producing a podcast, you want to make sure the audio you reproduce is spot on, which is exactly where typical headphones fall short.

Regular headphones for listening to music, especially earbuds, alter your sound quality, which makes recording and editing a real headache.

Do yourself a favor and get a pair of professional headphones. It may also be worth your money to invest in a high quality headphone cord to go along with them. Sound quality is the bread and butter of a good podcasting business, so do it right.

Recording and Editing Software

Awkward pauses and breaks in conversations happen. Sometimes, especially newer hosts or guests, say “umm” and “uh” a little too much and it robs from the episode’s message.

For that reason alone, you’ll want to make sure you have some sort of recording and editing software on-hand.

Whatever software you choose, and there are many, will also allow you to insert an introduction, advertisements, and closing message to your audience.

A Firm Plan

Time to shore up your podcasting plan. A rookie podcaster might be able to get away with haphazardly publishing episodes with no overarching theme or specific length.

But these are the types of things that start to matter as people take interest in you and your podcast grows.

The first thing you want to establish is an overarching theme for your podcast. It’s OK if episodes vary in the type of discussions that take place, but they should all at least be relatable to a high-level theme.

Then, you’ll want to lock in an episode length. Do you prefer shorter episodes with snippets of wisdom? Or longer episodes where you get to dive deep on topics and really learn about the person(s) on the show?

Last, put a solid recording and publishing schedule together. If a successful business is the goal with your podcast, it’s time to operate like one.

Conclusion

Podcasting can be a very fun and rewarding business to step into. Now that you’re looking to take the plunge from rookie podcaster to full-fledged business, you’ll want to make sure you have all the essentials.

Having the right equipment will dramatically improve the experience of your listeners and keep them coming back for more.

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