5 Things You Need to Start a Podcast

October 13, 2020

You’ve finally run out of ways to distract yourself from starting that podcast you’ve always dreamed of creating, and we’ve got good news: 

It’s not nearly as hard as you think. 

Most times that compulsion to redirect our attention to Netflix comes from the overwhelm of not knowing where to start. Lucky for YOU, your Podcast BFF is here with a little tough love. 

STOP texting him and START reading this:


That’s right. One “Very Important Point of View”. WTF is your podcast? Not sure? Here’s a quick way to figure it out…

If you were told you had to give a TED Talk right now with zero prep, what could you get on a stage and passionately talk about for half an hour? Whether that’s race equality or ancient aliens there are NO. WRONG. ANSWERS. 

Take some time and space to figure that out what matters most to you (podcast or not), and how you want to talk about it (interviews, monologuing, co-hosting, etc.) 

Your passion + your unique perspective + your storytelling vehicle = your VIP(OV)!

2. Equipment 

Take a deep breath and stick with me…

Choosing equipment can get overwhelming and changes based on where you’re recording, how many hosts/guests you have, and of course, budget.

Bare essentials come down to this: 

  1. Microphone(s)
  2. Headphones 

All accessories after that (audio interface, pop-filters, boom arms, etc.) are cream cheese frosting. 

Your needs will vary based on your podcast format, so check out our customized equipment recommendation guide to find out exactly which brands you might want to check out

3. Software

If you’re choosing to produce your podcast yourself, you’ll need two types of software: 

A. Recording Software – what you’re saying…

Audacity, GarageBand, Adobe Audition, and Hindenburg are all great recording software depending on your budget and editing skill-level. 

If you’re going to be recording with guests remotely we recommend using Zoom or SquadCast for great quality and easy guest scheduling features.

B. Editing Software – how you’re saying it…

Adobe Audition and GarageBand are a great place to start when it comes to editing software. 

PRO TIP: Separate music, host tracks, and guest tracks if you’re able. This will make the editing process much easier while adjusting volume and fixing small mistakes.

4. Artwork

Let’s dive into aesthetics, shall we, darling?

Your podcast is nearly ready to send out into the cyber-sphere where your future fans are waiting, so it’s important to create an eye-grabbing, thumb-stopping graphic to get their attention. 

-BE SPECIFIC: Your cover art should let listeners know at first glance what they’re opting into.

-BE BRIEF: Use no more than 4 words in your cover art. Be sure it can be legible when sized down.

-BE BRANDED: This graphic is the centerpiece of your podcast’s creative marketing strategy. Be sure you can use the elements you create across the web and social media platforms, and be sure you LOVE it.

-BE YOURSELF: Give the people what they want, you doing you. 

5. A Podcast BFF

Whether you’d like a sounding board while crafting your first season, help to create social media assets, or want to hand off all production tasks while you’re busy living your damn life, your very own Podcast BFF at Zapp Social Club has got you covered. 

We know you’re already out there running a business, being a mom, surviving 2020…so we give you full permission to hand off some of those nitty-gritty tasks and make your voice heard over the podcast waves while still having some time to breathe. 

Want to know more? Get in touch.


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