Have you been considering starting a podcast, but just haven’t gotten around to it? Do you feel resistant to taking the plunge, and you’re not sure why? Do you feel like something is holding you back, and you want to find a way to overcome it? The following post contains 3 common things that could be holding you back from starting your podcast, plus our recommendations for getting started.
IT’S NOT PERFECT YET
Look, we understand. When you care about a project, you want it to be perfect before you put it out into the world. We encourage you to create a plan, think through the details, and put in the work to create something that is high quality. However, it’s important to recognize it’s never going to be perfect. As someone who cares about perfection, you will always be able to find things that you’d rather change or tweak. There will come a time when you have to accept that it isn’t perfect, and do it anyway.
Your podcast will evolve. In a year, you may decide to change your format, your branding, or even your entire concept. That’s okay. You are not trapped by the decisions you make in the beginning. Give yourself permission to be flexible. Adjust based on what is working and what’s not working.
PEOPLE MIGHT JUDGE YOU
It’s possible. You might create something that some people don’t like. But the important question to ask is: how do you feel about it? What really matters is if your podcast aligns with the message you want to communicate with the world, and you’re having fun making it. The truth is, it’s impossible to know how people will respond to what you create. So, just create it!
You have something to say, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this post. Are you really going to let the fear of other people’s opinions stop you from following your dream?
You can’t control other people’s opinions. You can control taking action and creating the podcast you’re dreaming of.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START
We get it. Starting a podcast can be overwhelming. There’s so much information out there, and it can be hard to know where to start. You might be stuck on: What equipment do I need? Do I need to hire help? Can I really afford this?
Let us break it down for you. In the simplest terms, to start a podcast you need:
- A microphone
- Recording device (phone or laptop)
- A hosting platform
- Your voice
That’s it! If you have access to these things, then you are ready to start a podcast TODAY. Of course, there are many things to add to this list to improve your podcast, but you do not need fancy equipment or a full studio in order to start. You may ultimately want to hire someone in the future but if you’re comfortable taking on the work, you don’t have to hire help.
Take the time to research and set yourself up for success. Create a plan. Break your plan down into actionable steps and get started!
We created StartAPod to make starting your podcast easy. For simple, step by step guidance on how to start a podcast, check out our courses and get started creating the podcast of your dreams.