I Started a Successful Podcast with Just $250 and You Can Too.

The No-Nonsense Guide on how you can be broke, dumb, and still have a podcast with over 10,000 downloads.

Austin Carroll
16 min readJun 6, 2018


Everyone these days has a podcast — your best friend, your co-worker, almost everyone on The Bachelor, and even your grocer. They can’t all be that much more interesting than you! After all, you’re you!

The best part about podcasting is that you don’t have to be the most interesting person on the planet to start one. Anyone can podcast. In fact, besides a standard smartphone and free basic audio editing software, all you really need is to have something to say.

“The Most Interesting Man in the World” doesn’t have a podcast.

Step 1: Find Something to Say (Total Cost: $0)

With the podcasting boom upon us, there is a podcast about virtually everything from sneakers, to hilarious insights into the world of the Bachelor franchise, to mental health (see: Avocado Toast for the Soul).

You can choose from an topic imaginable with these small caveats:

  • Make sure you are passionate about the topic. This is something that is fun for you that you may be keeping up with or researching anyway. The last thing you want to do is create a podcast about a topic that is mildly interesting just because “no one has done it before.”
  • Make sure you have the resources and the breath of topic to continue the podcast for 2 seasons or 20 episodes. Unlike other guides, I’m not advocating that you spend time mapping out your first 20 episodes. However, I suggest taking a good hard look into your topic to see if you have the resources, the potential guests in your current network, and if your topic even warrants 20 episodes. For instance, if you start a podcast about the Kardashians — it would certainly help if you worked in entertainment and/or had access to celebrity guests. Also, you don’t want to get 4 episodes in to a specific cold case discussion podcast and find you have nothing else to talk about.
  • Plan ahead and think evergreen content — people will listen to…