How to Purchase Podcast Equipment on a Budget

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Here’s another Behind the Scenes look at our operations at Wheelhouse Factory. In this article we will explore ways to help you purchase podcast equipment to launch your show.

It’s time. After weeks, months or even years of letting the idea stew around in your head, the moment has finally arrived. You’re going to launch the next awesomely addicting podcast. You have the podcast theme in mind. You’ve identified your target audience. Now you’re ready to change the world one episode at a time. The only thing left to do is to figure out how to get that amazing podcast idea of yours recorded.

And so your search begins.

You’re going to scour the web for the best, most affordable gear you can find. You’re going to read blogs, watch YouTube videos and learn from the top folks in the biz. You think to yourself, “Hey, this should be easy enough. Right?” The only problem is that after five minutes of searching, you are completely overwhelmed. There is a tidal wave of information out there. Some of it is helpful, most is confusing and a good chunk of it is just conflicting. It’s at that point you’ve decided to hang it up. You’ve shut down your laptop and pledged to never open it again.

Trying to find the right information for your situation is challenging. Honestly, it is more likely to leave you exhausted than invigorated. There are thousands of resources out there. The search is truly a whirlwind. As soon as you think you’ve found the perfect reference point, you’ll find something that tells you to do the exact opposite.

It is overwhelming.

It’s a lot like entering the dating world after being with the same person for a long time. At first, you’re intimidated to get back out there. When you finally muster the courage to dip your toe in, the current pulls you out to sea. Before you know it you’re lost in an ocean of questionable life-partner options. Like the dating world, the research for podcasting gear gets old real quick. Never fear, we’ve got you covered. This is your quick-hit podcast gear guide. We have simplified your search down to the bare essentials. Here are three takeaways to help you with your podcast equipment journey.

When you purchase podcast equipment, you need to be comfortable with a huge amount of information out there. There are a ludicrous amount of details to sift through. Quite frankly, unless you can stop time, you’re never going to get through it all. On the flip side, if you do know how to stop time . . . please drop us a line. We’d be very curious to hear more.

Takeaway 1 

Research enough to identify a couple of resources that make sense for you. For me, I found Pat Flynn’s approach and guidance worked for what I was hoping to create. While I was looking to purchase podcast equipment his guidance and expertise was a lifesaver.

Takeaway 2 

Set your price point early and don’t budge. I said DON’T budge. When we started the Wheelhouse Factory podcast, our goal was to buy the podcast gear for under $200. Podcast gear can cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful. Even looking at microphones alone – those can run you anywhere from $40 to $1,000 and up. Setting the budget ahead of time will help you hold yourself accountable. Now, we already had a laptop but here was the breakdown for the rest of the gear.

Takeaway 3

Don’t bog yourself down and get rattled trying to figure everything out at once. You don’t need to speak in fluent podcast right off the bat. Recording equipment comes with quite a bit of technical language that can be intimidating. There will be acronyms you’re not familiar with and terms where you’re not sure if they are good or bad. You need a pair of headphones, a microphone, a laptop, and a cable to run between. That’s it. Of course, it can be a lot more complicated but while you’re starting out, make it easy on yourself.

For exercises to help you organize your business operations, visit our store to explore the Build Workbook. If you want to read more of our Behind the Scenes learnings, please check them out here!

– Trevor Lightfoot

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