4 Simple Strategies to Build An Application w/o Coding Knowledge
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Many people have extraordinary app development ideas, but they may step back or lose the idea due to a lack of coding knowledge. If you have ideas for a new mobile app but have never written a line of code in your life, how to make it happen?
Here are the top four tips that enable you to launch your own app with a no-computer-programming-experience background
- Start learning
- Find a partner to do the coding for your app idea
- Consider outsourcing software development
- Get sponsors
1. Start learning
Do you have a great app idea? The cheapest way to bring your idea to reality is that you build it on your own. So, the very first thing to do is learning how to code.
You should know that you are not the only one on Earth who comes up with an excellent app idea but lacks programming knowledge. One inspiring story comes from the founder of an app whose name comes right away into your head regarding photo-sharing — Instagram. The founder of it, Kevin Systrom, used to be a sales guy. One day he had an amazing idea to create an app where people can share their photos in the same way as Facebook posts. The problem is he didn’t know how to code. So he worked on his job in the daytime and learned to code at night. He tried to create a demo version of the app. Then he used it to involve an expert in coding. They became co-founders, and together they created the billion-dollar app Instagram.
So, learning coding skills is not completely impossible. There are tons of courses and online tutorials for learning programming languages. You may or may not become an expert, but you will definitely have the basic knowledge to kick off your ideas. However, it takes you a lot of time, dedication, and consistency to do, but in the end, you will find it’s totally worth it. It is an amazing feeling to design, develop and implement your app idea on your own. Not to mention, it is the most effective way to present your idea perfectly.
Don’t forget to draw some basic outlines of your app on paper so you know where to start and which way to go. And don’t jump. Once you’re ready to start, start small. The fact that you know how to code something doesn’t mean that making complex stuff is a good idea at the beginning. But over time, when you have more experiences, challenge yourself to something fancier.
2. Find a partner to do the coding for your app idea
Although you’re willing to learn, programming knowledge is not easy to achieve, especially if it is not your aptitude. Then get a good technical co-founder who will do the technical part while you are doing something you are good at that could be useful,… like graphic designing. It would help if you kept in mind that programming is not the only thing to make an app. You could still be the founder doing other crucial stuff to enchant your customer.
Your partner had better be firstly considered among your friends or someone you are close to. They are reliable and likely to get on well with you the most while working on the progress. It is the best solution if you have a small budget.
If you cannot find anyone in your network to find a suitable partner for the best teamwork out there, there are two things to concern:
The first thing is: Always be networking. Go out and meet as many experienced people in the industry as you can. Try to set up relationships with them. Don’t be afraid of telling them about your passion and plans. There may be some people eager to help. They can directly help you develop your app, or they might know someone who can be your perfect partner. A partner with solid experience in the field would steer you in the right direction, give you invaluable feedback, feed off your excitement, and motivate you not to give up.
Secondly, your idea needs to be a good one. Otherwise, you will hardly find a person who is interested in your plan. Find someone who believes in your idea enough so that they are willing to trade their time and skills for the quality of your app instead of cash.
While developing an app, one should not stay away from improving its usability. So who knows, it may be a blessing if you don’t know to program and focus more on the usability aspect.
3. Consider outsourcing software development
In this creative modern world, the winner is not the one who first comes up with the idea but takes one step ahead to bring it out to the market and profit. So, to make your app a success, you have to do it right away. If it takes you too much time to build your own development team, or you don’t want to spend on infrastructure that would take quite a lot of time, effort, and money to see if your idea works, it makes sense to outsource the programmers.
Outsourcing has its challenges, but it might be a viable way to build your very first app. Some of the tech giants were outsourced in their initial days — Slack, Skype, Fab, etc. may be a persuasive reason to consider this option.
If your determination is still very much up in the air, read our article on 8 Tips to Outsource Your Project Effectively.
It’s not really that we will not involve any risk. Choosing the right outsourcing company can be daunting, and you should carefully inquire about how to choose a candidate or an agency. The contact network you have made with veteran programmers can be a good resource to get recommendations for finding the best candidate for your project. Another possible concern is about how to protect your idea. You could draft a non-disclosure agreement.
Outsourcing can save you some money. But development costs can go through the roof if you lose control because you have no ideas about the app development progress. So it would help if you considered some ways to effectively outsource the project.
4. Get sponsors
Don’t rush to jump out there to find a sponsor. Startup success is 98% execution. So creating a good-looking mockup for your idea first. Then gather the confidence to present it to other people, visually and orally. Your mockup doesn’t have to be working, actually, but it should convey the significant point of your app idea. An inspiring demo version can enchant your potential investors to step into business with you. It happens more than you think.
Take your chance!
If you have the ability to learn and do it yourself, nothing is greater than that! Don’t expect the first version of your app to be perfect, and then get discouraged. Though the app had some flaws, it is workable, and we can always improve it.
However, if you are not that type of person, instead of trying to force yourself to do so, find others to help. The true beauty of developing an app, and technology in general, is getting an extraordinary idea that makes life more convenient and beautiful. You have the idea; then you hold the core. So it’s wise to solve the key problems and leave other complicated IT-related tasks to someone familiar with it. Building an app is a parallel process in which technology is just one tool to make your idea a reality. So if you’re a non-technical person, don’t consider technology as the be-all for your startup. Just give us the core. We will polish it and turn it into a precious pearl.
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