Starting a No Code SaaS Business + No Code Business Ideas

If you’ve got an idea for an app but have no clue how to code without going to coding school, even if you aren’t that bright 😶‍🌫️ (technically speaking)… this guide is for you.

That’s because you can use a “no code” app builder to design a simple app that could become a SaaS business serving a particular market need.

You’re only ONE app away…

from making thousands or even millions of dollars.

Need some inspiration on potential apps you could build on your own or a small team?

This article covers that, too.

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Getting started with “no Code”

Finding out what you enjoy doing the most is critical these days.

You can treat “no code” as a business or simply a hobby that you do in your free time.

But serious people can make some serious cash eventually.

Creating your own product, knowing that you don’t know how to code, will still be an amazing accomplishment.

A few years ago, you needed to work with a developer and pay a crazy amount of money to create an app.

With no code, “it’s democratizing the sector because anyone can do anything,” says Mathis.

Anyone can do it now!

Watch the full video:

About Mathis Vella

Mathis Vella is a solopreneur and no-code expert from France.

  • He teaches students about no-code (including entrepreneurship and project launching) at a university
  • Builds and markets his own SaaS mobile apps using no-code
  • Builds web app / mobile apps for clients upon request

Mathis realized that he wasn’t happy doing outbound sales in his previous job, so he started looking into working in other industries.

Eventually, he took the leap into the no-code sector because he discovered that he liked creating websites and basic applications.

Soon after, Mathis interned briefly at a small company in Paris, where he was in charge of building a brand new product and project and explored new no-code tools like Bravo Studio, SOFTR, and Glide apps.

These days, he shifted into freelancing with his own clients while pursuing running his own app business at the same time.

Exploring “no Code” Tools

Starting off using tools like SOFTR allows you to build simple apps that connect a database with the front-end app’s user interface.

After a while, you’ll find it might be too limited in functionality.

“And so I moved on to another tool called, which is way more complex, but also today the more advanced no code tool, so you can build almost anything with such tool,” says Mathis

Sometimes, no-code tools can be progressive web apps (PWAs), which can be used to build some really cool stuff.

Recommendations for “No Code” Beginners

Recommendation #1: Go for it

If you’re new to no-code, go out there and try to build something without fear of what others may think of the finished product.

It’s best to learn by doing. “If I just watch someone on YouTube or somewhere else doing something, I don’t learn it. I have to do it,” says Mathis.

Mathis continues to say “I would recommend someone to start creating something with Airtable, SOFTR, that is useful for them or for someone else. And then, if you are stuck, you can just go to the blog or a forum to see if there is a solution to the issue.”

Once the core concept is built, then you can change the tool little by little based on positive or negative user feedback.

Recommendation #2: Freelancer Life

Being a freelancer can be tough financially because you usually won’t have a predictable income.

“When I started freelancing, I was sure of one thing. I didn’t want to stay a freelancer all my life because that’s really, I mean, in terms of revenue is very variable,” says Mathis.

Have a plan to move away from being a freelancer by developing your own products on the side to sell yourself.

Finding ideas and validating them

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When you start creating your own product, the first few ideas can (and usually will) fail, so you’ll need to go back to the “no-code drawing board.”

Mathis started creating his own projects on the side, but most of them didn’t really take off.

But if you don’t stop creating, a big win could happen.

“I launched an app last week that is making a really nice revenue. I already made $3,600 USD at launch,” says Mathis. He created a product for startups because he understood that it’s difficult to get known initially.

Solve your own pain

Most companies resort to using organic social media because they have a low to no marketing budget, like he did.

He noticed something that’s really powerful and most founders forgot about — that’s getting published to directories!

So, “My project is to publish your startup automatically to more than 150 directories in five minutes,” says Mathis.

The feedback was incredible with comments like, “That’s something I need,” “That’s really cool,” and no solution is automated right now.

Testing ideas on the market

Validating a product doesn’t always require extensive internet research or hiring a market research firm.

Becoming aware of the current trends and pain points in the market you want to serve can really make this process easier.

For example, Mathis was doing some social listening on Twitter and other platforms, and he observed that many people were sharing a lot of directory lists.

The major pain point was that people still had to go to each form—100 or 200 of them—fill in the information and input their email address, which is super boring and time-consuming.

Researching before building a “no Code” App

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It really does pay to do your research first.

Take at least 6 to 12 hours to figure out what is gonna be worth spending time building so that you don’t create another flop product.

The outcome of whether an app is popular or not depends on the customer who has to use it.

If you can truly solve their problem—and it hurts enough—people will do almost anything to relieve that pain.

Mathis also suggests that when you’re starting out, you try talking with potential customers. They can give you feedback on what to do and not to do so that you’re focused on the right features.

Software Reviews

Reviews left about your competitor’s app from software review sites like G2 and Software Advice.

Video comments

Watch related niche videos on the type of problem you want to solve and search through the comments for problems people are having.

Using Twitter and subreddits

If you want to get into the business-to-business (b2b) app creation world, Twitter and subreddits are a great place to start. There are a ton of entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who match what you’re building, so you can see what they’re missing.

Plus, many people on Reddit are announcing their ideas, testing the market, and getting feedback.

Forums and public discussions are really great places to look.

Another place that I mentioned to do research on what features to include in your new app is Quora. Although, this type of research mostly applies to the business-to-consumer (B2C) audience.

Using Google Trends for App Market Validation

Gathering data from Google Trends can give you insights into what people are searching for that is popular right now and in the past.

when its Time to build a no-code app

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Depending on your app’s complexity, you can complete projects in a couple of weeks to a month.

Finding a template will save you 70% of the time rather than designing or coding it from scratch.

Creating Basic vs. complex apps

Mathis’s most basic creation was a mobile application that recommended gift ideas not just before Christmas, which he had wanted to build for the longest time.

“I just took a Figma file, copied and pasted it into Bubble again, and launched it all in just a few days,” says Mathis.

The most complex app he’s created so far was for a restaurant owner who needed a white-label mobile application that involved detailed workflows depending on the status of the restaurant owner or the client.

Preparing to build a “no Code” app

Most no-code tools are cloud-based, so you’re all set as long as you have a computer and a fast internet connection.

You can also buy a larger second screen for greater productivity, and maybe a comfortable chair and standing desk.

getting your first App customer

I know the Field of Dreams movie about baseball said: If you build it, they will come.

However, that’s not true with selling no-code apps.

“When I first started, I thought I’ll just build the product and the customers will come, which is absolutely not true,” says Mathis.

Building the product is easy.

The greatest challenge is marketing the product, selling, and getting your first customer or client.

Ideas for “no Code” Apps

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Ideas can be limitless based on the areas you’re most inspired by. “No-code is the future to me, and it has improved the lives of a lot of people,” says Mathis.

Here are some sites where you can find “no-code app ideas” you can try building to become part of this growing industry:

1. Makerpad by Zapier
2. Wized
3. No Code MBA
4. nandbox App Builder
5. Low Code Agency
6. Hackernoon
7. Softr
8. Idea Link
9. Seattle New Media
10. TMS Outsource
11. WeAreNoCode (video)
12 Starter Story
13. Swiftspeed

When it comes down to choosing which kind of app to create, it depends on your personal experience, how you feel about it, and everything like that.

Protecting Your Intelectual Property IP

By trying to copy your app idea, mega AI companies can be a threat.

Mathis experienced this with his project Fablia, which generated a customized children’s story using AI.

OpenAI launched a mobile app that allowed you to generate the story just by talking with it.

Despite the threat of giant AI companies, no-code apps can be “very profitable if you find a good niche and a good idea.” says Mathis.

He recommends going into the B2B space instead of B2C, but as long as you’re filling a high-demand need, both industries could be worth your time. Usually, for B2B apps, you can sell them for a much higher price tag and get them on a recurring subscription.

Wrap up

Once you’ve built your app product, you can launch it on sites like Product Hunt and Hacker News, and anywhere else, you can showcase it to get attention and interest for your creation.

Network, promote, and network some more.

Get into the communities and forums where your product solves their problem and genuinely helps people in there.

And soon, your ideas could come to life and make your bank account happy, too.

So what are you waiting for? Start building the next big app idea today.

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