Start Yours – Cost Expectations


Good morning?

Before I get into the meat and potatoes of starting up an Internet radio station, it is very important to talk about the initial cost of starting and recurring monthly and annual cost.

This discussion is important because this might not be for everyone budget wise. You are the only one who knows what you can afford to start up and operate an Internet radio station. OK, with that said, I have created bullet points that outline the approximate cost of starting up and maintaining a station. These are true estimates as they approximate my startup and maintenance costs.

Don’t worry, in posts to follow, I will cover in more detail the best and least expensive places to get a domain name and hosting account. For now, just look at these estimates and see if it is something you can do.

Initial Costs

    • Website domain registration. $14.95 (for a .com domain name)
    • Website hosting. $5.95
    • Cloud-based Radio Station Management System. $19.95
    • Stream host provider. $29.00
    • Licensing. $59.50 (This makes your Station legal)
    • Website development. I am a web designer, so I do my own. A professional looking website can cost you from $500 to many $1000s of dollars.
However, if you know how to “do your own” you will save in web development costs. WordPress is the best platform for getting a website up and running in no time. So, if you are willing to learn WordPress, it will save you lots of time and money now and in the future. If you want to learn WordPress quickly, I highly recommend WP101.Or, if you wish, I can do it for you and have your website up and running within three days. Use this form and send me an email and I will provide you with a quote. I am reasonable.

So, when all totaled, your initial cost will run approximately $130 (assuming you design your own website).

Recurring Monthly Costs

  • Website hosting fee. $5.95
  • Cloud-based Radio Station Management System. $19.95
  • Stream host provider. $29.00
  • Licensing. $20

So, when all totaled, your recurring monthly cost will be approximately $75.

Recurring Annual Costs

  • Website domain registration. $14.95

The idea here is to monetize your Internet radio station so that you can recoup these fees and be in the profit.

In tomorrows post, I will talk about where I think the best – and most reliable – places to get a domain name web hosting.

Stay tuned.

Ronnie J.

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