Do you need professional podcasting services to start a podcast? That depends on if you want anyone to hear your podcast and take it seriously. It is absolutely possible to record your own podcast, using nothing more than a cheap microphone and uploading it to a bunch of podcasting channels. Podcast production can be as simple as that. 

But what will this DIY podcast approach generally get you? 

Crickets. And a low-quality podcast. And quite possibly, audio quality that sounds a bit like crickets.

Chances are, you’ll get no audience at all (apart from your mum), or not the kind of audience you’re wanting to attract (hi again mum). You’ll invest all this energy and passion into creating a podcast, and just be talking into the void. 

Did you know that there are over 150 million podcast episodes in the world as of 2023, yet more than half are only downloaded less than 29 times in the first week after launch? And for many podcasts, that 29 downloads serves as the dizzying peak of success.

The truth is, if you want a professional podcast production that really gets traction, you probably need to pay the professionals to record, produce, and distribute it for you. But here’s the thing. You might not need all of the bells and whistles, depending on what you’re trying to achieve. 

So, what kinds of podcast services do you really need? Which ones are essential, and which ones can you skip altogether, or do yourself? Below, we’re going to run you through a range of podcast production services, so you can see which ones are important to your podcasting goals.

What Exactly Are Podcast Production Services?

At Clearshot Digital, a big—and growing— part of our business is podcast production. Yet our service offering is different for different clients, as they want a range of podcasting services. So here’s a little run-down of the different podcast services and why they’re important.