How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?

Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, I know that a lot of you are wondering about the costs of creating and launching a new podcast. Most startup projects require a bit of funding depending on what it is and its size, and starting a podcast is not different from that.

So, how much does it cost to create and launch a new podcast? Creating and launching a podcast could cost you anywhere between zero dollar (0$) and a few thousand dollars (2-3K $). It all depends on the equipment that you are using, your hosting fees, the software you are using, and any services you use ( like using fiver to get a cover art).

I am going to go into some details about how you can start a podcast with zero dollars (0$), a few hundred dollars (200-400$), and a few thousand dollars (2-3k$). So, make sure you continue reading this blog post to figure out how you can start a podcast on a budget.

How much does creating and launching a podcast cost?

Creating and launching a podcast could cost you anywhere between zero dollars and two thousand dollars. Sometimes, it could even cost more than two thousand dollars. But how could the cost of launching a podcast vary so much?

There are many things that could either reduce or increase the cost of creating and launching a podcast, but what are these things and do they have cheaper dupes? Is there even any way that you can do all of that for free? Well, let us start all of these questions one at a time.

How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?

Let us start by discussing where the costs of podcasting stem from. Let us be basic for a moment and talk about the things that your podcast needs. These are things that without them, you can’t create and launch a podcast. Luckily, you only need five things. These five things are:

  1. A smartphone, a laptop, or a PC.
  2. A microphone
  3. Headphones
  4. An audio editing software
  5. A podcast hosting platform

You most probably have a laptop or a smartphone, so let us talk about the cost of starting a podcast as if you only need four things.

  1. A microphone
  2. Headphones
  3. An audio editing software
  4. A podcast hosting platform

Before we dive into the ranges at which these things cost, let us talk about the things that your podcast doesn’t need for it to exist, but are recommended for producing a high-quality podcast.

Some of these aren’t necessary if you have the skills to make them on your own. If you don’t, then I recommend you look into getting these services. Here are the four services that your podcast could benefit from.

  1. Creating or purchasing a cover art for your podcast.
  2. Purchasing royalty-free music for your podcast.
  3. Paying someone to read the script for you.
  4. Paying some to record the intro/ opening of the podcast for you.

Also, let us mention the other types of equipment that you can purchase if you have a big enough budget. These include the following:

  1. Boom Arm
  2. Shock Mount
  3. Pop Filter or a Wind Screen
  4. Cable

Of course, there are other extra pieces of equipment that you can purchase, but I am only going to mention these five in today’s blog post.

Now that we know the basics of what you need and what you could get for launching a new podcast, let us dive into how you can record, edit, and start your podcast for free!

How to keep your podcasting costs at zero dollars?

Yes, I was not lying! You can actually record, edit, and launch your podcast with no money at all. Of course, I am excluding the price of a smartphone and internet. Anyway, here is how you can do that.

If you have been following my blog, then you know that there is this one free application that I love to mention often in my posts. Can guess what it is?

Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone

If you have guessed the Anchor application, then you are right! But what is the Anchor App, and why am I so obsessed with it?

The Anchor App is a podcasting platform that allows you to record, edit, launch, and distribute your podcast to different podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts and Google podcasts for free.

The founders of the Anchor App realized that the costs of hosting a one podcast show per person per year to be ten cents ( $0.10), so they didn’t understand why podcast hosting services charge people so much money. That is why they decided to make the Anchor App and keep it free.

The good news is the Anchor App is available for both Android and IOS, so anyone with a smartphone can download it and use it for free.

PS: This blog post is NOT sponsored by the Anchor App. I just believe that this is a good podcasting platform to use for beginners and those who to spend much money podcasting.

In my Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone blog post, I show you how you all of the steps that you will have to take to launch your podcast’s first episode ( from creating an account to launching your podcast. 

So if you want to create and launch your podcast for free, then make sure you check out that post. I even share with you screenshots of every step that I have taken, so it is going to be a very visual and informative guide.

Before you are going to use the Anchor App, please educate yourself about the true price of free services. Usually, if you are not paying for a product or a service, then you are the product that the application/ company is going to profit from.

If you don’t understand what I am saying, let me give you a prevalent example. You may or may not have noticed how excessive ads on Facebook have become. They are not only a lot, but also seem to be somehow tailored to your interests. Have you ever wondered why or how?

When Facebook first launched, there was little to no advertisement on the platform. Having their platform available for free and super addictive, facebook managed to accumulate a lot of information about the hundreds of millions of site users; they were able to charge businesses money to advertise on their platform.

Those businesses’ advertisements targeted their audiences because of how much information Facebook has collected from users. That is what I mean by if it is free, then we are the product.

If facebook were membership-based social media platform, where you have to pay to keep and use your account, then you would not have your information shared or used for a profit.

How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?

Yes, the Anchor App is a great podcasting platform, but you should know that you don’t own your podcast, like how YouTubers don’t own their videos. The Anchor app could remove or restrict your episodes if they want to.

They could even delete your entire podcast, like how YouTube copy strikes, sensors, and removes some videos and YouTube channels. The probability of the Anchor app doing so is low, but you should know that the free label still has a price tag.

I still recommend people start podcasting with the Anchor App, but once they feel like they test the waters of podcasting and they want to continue growing their show, they should move their podcast to host that charges them money.

Running a podcast can still be affordable, so let us talk about different budget ranges for creating and launching a new podcast.

What are some different budget ranges for creating and launching a podcast?

Today, I will be giving you four different budget breakdown for the things you’re going to use to create and launch a podcast.

How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?

A podcasting budget that is thirty dollars or less ( 30 dollars)

With this budget, you will have to continue using your phone to record your episodes using a voice recording application. 

You can edit your audio with free audio editing software like Audacity and GarageBand.

Because you are not interested in using a free podcast hosting platform, you are going to pay a hosting platform up to thirty dollars ( 30 dollars) every month to own and be able to distribute your podcast to different podcasting platforms.

But what is podcast hosting?

It is hosting service for your podcast that provides your podcast with an RSS feed( click here to learn more about RSS Feeds). It uploads your show’s episodes to different platforms, and send them the audio file and related media files to the podcasting platform where people subscribed to you.

It diversifies your content outlet, and it is honestly worth paying for it. Here are four different hosting services that you can use for your platform.

  • Libsyn
  • PodBean
  • SimpleCast
  • buzzsprout

Please note that these podcast hosting services are not listed in any order.

1) The first one that you can use is Libsyn, where the prices range between five and seventy-five dollars ( 5- 75 dollars) per month.

2) The second one that you can use is PodBean, where the prices are ( minus the free one) nine dollars (9 dollars) per month, twenty-nine dollars (21 dollars) per month, and ninety-nine dollars (99 dollars) per month.

3) The third one that you can use is SimpleCast, where the prices are fifteen dollars ( 15 dollars) per month, thirty-five ( 35 dollars) per month, and eighty-five dollars ( 85 dollars) per month.

4) The fourth and last one I am going to mention in today’s post is buzzsprout, where the prices are ( minus the free option) twelve dollars ( 12 dollars) per month, eighteen dollars ( 18 dollars) per month, and twenty-four dollars ( 24 dollars) per month.

How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?

A podcasting budget that is two hundred dollars or less ( 200 dollars)

Two hundred dollars is considered to be a decent budget. You won’t be able to purchase the expensive microphones an headphones, but you will be able to afford a good mic and a decent headphone.

These will definitely upgrade the quality of your audio compare to just using your phone to record the audio for your podcast.

A decent USB microphone is going to cost you about one hundred dollars, and a decent headphone is going to cost you around fifty dollars.

Your podcast’s hosting service is going to cost between nine dollars ( 9 dollars) and thirty dollars ( 30 dollars).

You will then have about twenty to forty dollars (20- 40 dollars) left. You can either put them in your savings account or purchase some music to use in your podcast.

You can’t just use Ariana’s latest single because of something that is called copyrights. You will have to get music that is not copyrighted ( where credit is often required) or purchase royalty-free tracks. Here are three sites where you can pay to get royalty-free tracks for your podcast.

The first site that you can use is Melody Loops, where the pricing starts at twenty-nine dollars ( 29 dollars) per three tracks you download.

The second site that you can use is DanoSongs, where you can download one song for ten dollars ( 10 dollars), or have access to all of the songs for fifty dollars (50 dollars).

The third and last site that I am going to mention in this post is Artlist, where the monthly subscription for unlimited downloads is sixteen dollars and sixteen cents (16.60 dollars per month).

A podcasting budget that is less than eight hundred dollars (800 dollars)

With a budget of eight hundred dollars, you will be able to elevate the quality of your podcast.

First things first, you are going to get everything we have mentioned in the two hundred dollars budget.

You can upgrade to getting a microphone that is around two hundred dollars ( 200 hundred dollars) and a headphone that costs about one hundred and fifty dollars ( 150 dollars) instead of the ones that we mentioned in the previous budget.

That leaves us with four hundred and fifty dollars. We’ll spend about thirty dollars ( 30$) on music and pay a hosting fee of about thirty dollars (30 dollars) as well.

That leaves us with three hundred and ninety dollars ( 390 dollars). We can now purchase the other types of equipment that we have previously discussed.

A good boom arm( a microphone arm that professional podcasters use) will cost you between sixty and ninety dollars (60- 90 dollars).

A good pop filter, which is going to remove the popping sounds you make when saying letters like Bor P, will cost you between forty and sixty dollars ( 40- 60 dollars).

A good shock mount, which is used for shock and vibration isolation, is going to cost you about fifty dollars (50 dollars).

The cable will cost you between fifty and one hundred dollars (50- 100 dollars).

You will be left with ninety to one hundred an ninety dollars ( 90- 190 dollars), which you can use to pay a graphic designer to create good looking cover art for your podcast.

Other questions related to how much does it cost to create and launch a podcast

Can I make a podcast with my iPhone?

Yes, you can create and launch a podcast using your iPhone. You can record, edit, and upload your podcast by using Apps that are on your iPhone. Having a single device that you can use to create and upload podcast episodes is so convenient. It is also an excellent way for newbies to create podcasts.

If you want to learn more about how you can make a podcast with your iPhone, then make sure you check out my Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone blog post.

Can you make money with podcasts?

Yes, you can totally earn some money from your podcast. However, you won’t be making much at first. As your podcast grows bigger, you will be able to make more money.

If you want to learn more about how you can make money with your podcast, then make sure you check out my Can You Make Money with Podcastsblog post.

How to write a script for my podcast?

There is no one correct way to write a script for a podcast. But, podcast scripts shouldn’t be written the same way you wrote your school essays! Sure, the podcast should be informative. However, the tone you use and your message delivery tactics hugely affect how your podcast’s script turns out to be.

If you want to learn more about how to write a script for your podcast, then make sure you check out my How to Write A Podcast Script blog post.

How to write an effective intro or opening for my podcast?

Writing a compelling opening for your podcast isn’t hard at all. You just have to keep the intro brief, simple, and to the point. A good podcast intro always includes introducing yourself, your co-hosts, the theme of your podcast, and what the episode is going to be about.

If you want to learn more about how to write an effective opening/ intro for your podcast, then make sure to read my How to Write An Effective Podcast Intro blog post.

That’s it for today’s post. You should now know how much it is going to cost you to create a launch a new podcast. You can pick the cost range that suits your budget best and unleash your creativity and ideas to the world.

If you have any questions regarding how much it is going to cost you to start a podcast, then email me at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com.

If you have already launched your podcast and you want to share with us how much it costed you to create and launch a podcast, then please email me at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com. I will listen to it and give it a shoutout in one of the upcoming blog posts.

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Till next time,

Ayah

Ayah Assem

I am a creator and a consumer of many forms of artistic content. With podcasting leaving its mark and declaring its significance in the current content world, I have decided to learn everything related to how to create a podcast. Who knows, maybe in the near future I will start uploading and sharing my creative work in the audio format. Join me on my journey of understanding the podcasting world, as I will be sharing with you all of the information that I am going to learn. Feel free to share with me your podcasting journey at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com and keep an eye on all of the music, books, podcasts, movies, tv shows, and YouTube channels that I always reference.

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