Whenever I had a new idea I would have to find a developer, brief them, manage the project, make tweaks. Sometimes I would try to use my own coding knowledge - very limited, or try to teach myself a new language. I also remember a few years ago spending a lot of time trying to find a technical cofounder - serious time-wasting. Also, sweat equity is not a popular way to find a partner.
Then I discovered NoCode, and holy shit did it change everything.
Now, thanks to a bunch of tools I can make ideas a reality, in half the time - if not less. Using the platforms available you can build a version of what's in your head and get it out to the world in no time at all, at a minimal cost.
There are a shitload of platforms to use, each one with its own benefit, if you want a taste of what's out there, head here and take a look.
For me, I have concentrated on Airtable, Softr, Webflow, Bubble and a lot of automation via Zapier, integromat and good old IFTTT - with this stack I am able to build most things.
Embracing NoCode will have you shipping MVPs and full-fledged apps, sites and tools like you change underwear. (twice a week right?)
Here are the five reasons you should embrace no code
- Quick turnaround from idea to functioning tool. Drag and drop, fill in the blanks, connect sources, style. Each platform has great help and support. (check out Webflow University, great content)
- Validation. Build a simple version of your idea and get people to test it. Apps like Stacker or Glide will allow you to plug in a spreadsheet and make an app. Take a day or two to build out your idea, then start getting real user feedback
- Save money. You just pay a subscription to the platform you are using. Not a developer charging you a fortune per hour. Use the developers when you have validated your idea if you want.
- The support. Ever taken part in a developer chat on Reddit or Hacker news - it's not pretty. However, the NoCode communities I have come across are some of the most helpful people on the internet.
- A new skill. NoCode is in demand right now. Numerous companies are looking to hire people that know this. Plus it's always good to learn stuff.
- Bonus: Just seeing something that was in your head come to life is amazing. It's addictive too.
To me NoCode is like a puzzle - there's an outcome you want and you need to find the pieces to make it happen.
and who doesn't like puzzles, right?
This applies to absolute beginners too, you don't need any coding experience with most of these platforms. Just play around with them and ask questions when you get stuck.
Now go build something.