We have learned a lot of lessons over the years. When we first began the Almost 30 podcast, we wish we knew the heavy workload and time that podcasting requires, the importance of audio quality, and why properly preparing for your interviews and shows makes such a difference!
In this post you’ll learn:
- Why we had such a heavy workload
- Why we chose to keep our full time jobs
- The importance of audio quality
- What podcast equipment we recommend
- The beauty of properly preparing for interviews
- How to create a positive environment
Almost 30 has grown in so many ways over the years. We have gone on a beautiful spiritual and professional journey together, and we feel really blessed for our unique experience. But things didn’t always look and feel the way they do now.
When we first launched more than six years ago, we didn’t know much about podcasting, but we trusted our instincts and the rest is history. Well, more like through A LOT of trial and error, hard work, and pouring our hearts into it, we paved our way forward and figured out what worked (and didn’t) along the way.
These are the three things we wish we knew before launching the Almost 30 podcast
1. It takes a lot of hustle
Launching a podcast is no joke — it requires consistency and dedication. In the beginning, there is so much to learn that it can feel really overwhelming, especially if you’re juggling your new podcast with a full-time job.
We both kept our full-time jobs and are so glad we did (you can read more about that journey here), but it definitely meant we had a heavy workload. And as your podcast grows, so will your responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to create more programs, launch events, grow your team — all of which are blessings that require your attention and nourishment.
Just know that there will be periods of hustle and grind (especially in the beginning). During these times, do your best to schedule out intentional time to work on your podcast — whether that’s before your 9-5 work, after, or on the weekends.
When things get hectic, remember your WHY. It always helped us to look back on our mission statement to reignite our passion and purpose when we needed a reminder.
Remember that the grind won’t last forever, and you can (and should!) schedule in time for rest and self-care. That will enrich your creativity and make you a better podcaster!Almost 30 Quotes
2. Audio quality matters
Guys, we used to record on our closet floors, LOL. To be honest, the acoustics in closets are great! People tend to get hyper-focused on having a fancy studio or recording space, but what really matters is setting yourself up with the right equipment to record clear, crisp, professional-sounding audio.
This is so important for both your listeners and potential sponsors!
We created a shopping list that includes all of our favorite podcast equipment, like the Rodecaster Pro Podcast Production Studio and the Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone. For a comprehensive list of the goods, check out this blog post.
3. Preparation is everything
This is HUGE! When we first launched, we used to just riff on whatever. We had no clear message and would record spontaneously. Our conversation lacked intention…and it shows! For proof, watch us relisten to our first episode — it’s a guaranteed laugh.
But seriously, now preparation is our top priority. Before an interview, we always have a conversation to get clear on what we want to talk about and use our Notes app or a Google doc to jot down ideas.
We spend a few hours a week preparing for each interview. Interviews used to be really stressful but because we now establish a purpose ahead of time, we have so much more confidence. This also allows us to reassure our guests and bring positive energy into each interview.
We are truly so grateful for our journey, especially because it has led you to read this now. We wouldn’t change much and can only hope that these tips help guide you as you launch your podcast!