How to Create a Startup with No-Code
Do you have a brilliant idea and want to start a business, but the only thing stopping you is that you can’t code and your financial situation isn’t ideal?
We have some exciting news for you!
Building web applications is no longer hampered by a lack of time, money, or coding knowledge. You can go from an idea to a fully-fledged digital product using no-code tools in less time than it would take to find a technical co-founder and for a fraction of the cost of outsourcing development.
No-code tools make it easier and faster to design, develop, and deploy a web app, making it easier and faster to get your idea off the ground. The best time to start a business is right now.
How to choose No-code Development Platforms?
No-code is a software development approach that requires little to no coding to build applications and processes. A low-code development platform uses visual interfaces with simple logic and drag-and-drop features instead of extensive coding languages. These intuitive tools allow users with no formal knowledge of coding or software development to create applications for many purposes like mobile apps and business apps.
The Advantages of No-Code Development
There are several advantages to using no-code development tools:
- Increased productivity
- Lower costs
- More agile team
- Skills gap bridge
No-code Non-technical employees can now benefit from development platforms, which provide a number of advantages. Startups can save time on development cycles by not sending every new development request to overburdened IT departments. Individuals from all departments and teams can instead take responsibility for developing their own applications, freeing up IT for more important tasks.
No-code application development also aids in the retention of IT teams that are small, agile, and focused on more innovative and complex tasks. Businesses can eliminate the backlog of applications that IT is responsible for by utilizing existing talent from across the organization. Most importantly, low-code application development framework solutions enable IT departments to delegate certain development tasks to other teams. This unload enables them to improve the customer and employee experience by devoting more time to innovative capabilities.
Finally, no-code development can aid in the development of skills. Traditional developers may struggle to keep up with new technologies as they become available. New browsers, operating systems, and devices that would otherwise necessitate extensive training to code are simply factored into the framework, allowing users to jump right into development. Low-code development platforms keep developers up to date and prevent them from falling behind on new trends by maintaining all underlying cloud services to support new technologies.
When should you use a no-code platform?
The main advantage of a no-code platform is that you get a complete application that you can use right away. This can be a web application hosted by the platform itself, or it can be a smartphone app that you can upload to a store.
This is a key distinction between more powerful and complex tools, such as code generation or DSLs, and simpler ones, such as automation tools.
- Instead, with no-code platforms, you get a fully functional application:
- internal applications used by your business prototypes
- simple data collection applications
Let’s look at why in each case
Internal applications can be developed by a system administrator, who typically has some programming skills, or by someone who simply understands the subject matter. For example, you could have someone from accounting create an app for expense reimbursement using a low-code platform. It is a simple, well-defined task that is understood by the person responsible for creating the app and managing the process behind the app.
One of the most difficult aspects of creating software for general use is refining it and avoiding any crashing bugs. For internal software, you don’t really need anything refined; you just need something that works. Furthermore, by using a well-tested low-code platform, you reduce the risk that the software will crash due to simple programming errors.
No-code development vs. Traditional development
Prototyping is another good application for low-code platforms. A low-code platform can help you create an application quickly and easily. This can be useful for testing market viability or launching something quickly. Prototypes are an excellent way to quickly learn what works and iterate. When you’re ready to launch, you can re-create the application using traditional techniques.
Low-code platforms, due to their standard structure, can also be useful for developing simple applications that use a standard interface. These are the kinds of applications that anyone in HR and marketing can use. You can, for example, create an application to collect curriculum vitae and data for job interviews. The end result could essentially be nothing more than a series of forms, which an HR employee can create and manage without the assistance of developers.
In a nutshell, no-code development platforms are ideal for applications that require a quick time to market and benefit from simple, standard interfaces.
When it is not appropriate to use no-code platforms
There are two types of applications that should not be developed with low-code platforms. The first is a sophisticated application that can perform a wide range of functions. A low-code platform is not the best way to create an application if it requires constant development and maintenance, complex behavior, integration of multiple APIs from third-party vendors, and so on. It is preferable to delegate the creation of such apps to experienced developers.
Applications that represent your core business are the second type of application that should not be created using low-code platforms. Alternatively, if your business model is based on freemium apps, this pricing structure may not be suitable for you.
How Should No-Code Software Be Implemented in the Enterprise?
Business-scale APIs are typically used by no-code development platforms to connect specific business systems and workflows. Every day businesses can create filters and information queries to allow for instant customization. They can then use APIs to seamlessly combine data from various sources or applications.
4 things you should know before starting a business on your own.
Some of the world’s most successful businesses began with a single brilliant idea and little to no capital. If you’re thinking about using no-code to bootstrap your own startup, here are a few things to consider:
Maintain your full-time position
Most aspiring entrepreneurs I’ve mentored are surprised to learn that when I started my business 15 years ago, I didn’t quit my day job. There’s a prevalent myth that says you have to “go all-in” and risk everything to be successful — but I’m here to tell you that’s not only false but also harmful. Staying employed allows you to learn about the industry and develop skills that will help your startup. I am proof that you can work a 9-to-5 and start a business without any outside funding.
This brings me to my next point…
Concentrate on valuable
Contrary to popular belief, VC funds are not required to deliver real value. What matters is that you assist customers in resolving a real problem. For example, before launching Jot form, I became aware of the low quality of products in the form-building space, which prompted me to consider creating a simple drag-and-drop tool. Sometimes the answer is right in front of you if you pay close enough attention.
Maintain your adaptability
One of the most significant advantages that no-code provides right now is the ability to dip your toes into a new venture before leaping in headfirst. Because there is less money at stake, if you build an app that you are dissatisfied with, you can start over. If something isn’t working, you don’t have to be stuck with it.
Maintain slow growth
Jot form is profitable in an industry dominated by household names such as Google. That didn’t happen overnight. Since the beginning, the freedom to build a meaningful business on my own terms has been more valuable than rapid growth. I’ve previously written about the advantages of a slow-burn startup, the gist of which is that it gives you the space and freedom to grow on your own timetable while allowing you to focus on producing the highest-quality product possible.
That’s what’s kept us competitive all these years, and it’s what I’d like for my fellow entrepreneurs as well.
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