Building Your MVP: A Non-Technical Founder's Guide to No-Code Development

Building Your MVP: A Non-Technical Founder's Guide to No-Code Development

Simon Jenner

Thursday, 11 April 2024

As a non-technical founder ready to take the next step, you're likely considering how to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) effectively. In this journey, one approach stands out

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Congratulations on validating your idea and assembling a waiting list of interested customers in the START stage! As a non-technical founder ready to take the next step, you're likely considering how to build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) effectively. In this journey, one approach stands out for its speed and cost-efficiency: no-code development.

Why No-Code?

No-code platforms enable you to build digital products (apps, both web & mobile) without deep programming knowledge. This approach is faster and cheaper, aligning perfectly with the MVP philosophy: test your idea quickly and economically. Among various platforms, Bubble.io is a popular choice, offering a great balance of flexibility and ease of use. However, if your MVP is a simple mobile app, platforms like Adalo might be more suitable. Assess your MVP's scope and choose a platform that aligns best with your needs.

Here are 3 options for getting your MVP built in no-code:

Option 1: DIY No-Code Development

Timeframe: ~6 months

Cost (approx): <$1000

If you're up for a challenge and have time on your hands, consider learning a no-code platform and building the MVP yourself. This option is the most time-consuming, but it's also the most rewarding in terms of skill acquisition and cost savings. We offer a free Bubble.io bootcamp to get you started, you can sign up here.

Pros:

  • Complete control over the development process.

  • Acquire valuable skills that can be useful for future iterations.

  • Lowest cost option (<$1000)

Cons:

  • Steep learning curve.

  • Most time-consuming option.

  • Potential for development delays if you hit a learning snag.

Option 2: Guided No-Code Development

Timeframe: ~4 months

Cost (approx): $1000 - $3000

A middle ground is to learn no-code development while hiring an agency to guide you through the trickier parts of the build. This option strikes a balance between control and guidance.

Pros:

  • Balanced approach between learning and getting expert help.

  • Faster than doing it all yourself.

  • Lower risk of development roadblocks.

Cons:

  • More expensive than the DIY route.

  • Requires commitment to learning and working with a coach.

Option 3: Outsourcing to a No-Code Agency

Timeframe: 2-3 months

Cost (approx): $5,000 - $10,000

For those who prefer focusing on other aspects of their business, outsourcing the MVP build to a no-code agency is the fastest route.

Pros:

  • Quickest way to get your MVP to market.

  • Leverage the expertise of professionals.

  • Minimal time investment required from you.

Cons:

  • Most expensive option.

  • Less control over the development process.

  • Limited opportunity to learn no-code skills.

Conclusion

Choosing the right development path for your MVP is crucial. Consider your resources, timeframe, and personal inclination towards learning new skills. Whether you decide to build it yourself, seek guided assistance, or fully outsource, no-code platforms offer a viable route to bring your MVP to life. Remember, the goal is to test and iterate rapidly. Good luck on your journey to bringing your idea to the marketplace!



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