No-Code: Custom GPTs, Getting Early Users, Million-Dollar Businesses

“A world where only 0.3% of people can create software is a world missing 99.7% of its potential.โ€” Adalo

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โ“ What You’ll Learn

  • Who makes $10,000 MRR with a no-code directory?
  • Who sold a newsletter marketplace for 5 figures?
  • Who grew a no-code form builder to $60,000 MRR in public?
  • Who made $12,000 by interviewing no-code founders?
  • Who grew a no-code chatbot builder to $18,000 MRR in 6 months?
  • Who runs a $3,000,000 ARR business on a $100 no-code stack?
  • Who runs a $5,000,000, one-person business using no-code tools?
  • Who runs a $1,500,000 ARR unlimited service in Trello?
  • How to build no-code apps inside ChatGPT?
  • Who made ~$2,200 with a no-code app built inside ChatGPT?
  • How to build AI agents without code?

๐Ÿ” Problem

Repetitive work wastes time, money and energy.

๐Ÿ’ก Solution

No-code tools help you:

  • Build products faster
  • Automate repetitive tasks
  • Make systems easier to maintain 

Without writing code.

๐Ÿ Players

No-Code Apps

  • UserLoop โ€ข AI-powered surveys for Shopify
  • Strabo โ€ข Investment portfolio tracker
  • SubSocket โ€ข Set up recurring and one-time payments with PayPal
  • Riku โ€ข Build and deploy AI models
  • Packfleet โ€ข Delivery platform for ecommerce businesses
  • beegle โ€ข Marketplace for on-demand helpers

No-Code Tools

  • Craftar โ€ข Build scalable APIs and automations
  • Adalo โ€ข Build custom responsive apps
  • Softr โ€ข Build directories, client portals and internal tools
  • Make โ€ข Build no-code automations
  • Framer โ€ข Build websites with AI
  • Zapier โ€ข Build automated workflows

No-Code Founders

๐Ÿ›  How to Build No-Code Businesses

๐ŸŒฑ How to Grow No-Code Businesses

๐Ÿ’ฐ How to Monetize No-Code Businesses

๐Ÿ”ฎ Predictions

๐Ÿ˜  Haters

โ€œNo-code tools are less powerful and flexible.โ€
No-code tools are easier to use but less powerful. Custom software is more powerful but complex. Tradeoffs are a fact of life.

โ€œBubbleโ€™s pricing changes took some companies out of business. Platform risk is too high.โ€
While this is true. The accessibility, cost and development speed often outweigh the downsides. Bubble is a unique case. They tried to find a fair price in 2022. They tried again in 2023. Most no-code tools donโ€™t have this problem.

โ€œThereโ€™s little-to-no technical moat here.โ€
There are other types of moats to build around your business. Scale economies, network effects, branding and more.

โ€œUsing ChatGPT to write and debug code is not โ€˜no-codeโ€™.โ€
True. But this is better than hiring a developer if you need to add custom code to your no-code product.

โ€œUser-based pricing limits growth.โ€
While it adds obstacles to user growth. There are some benefits. You can align your expenses with the workload produced by your user base. Your revenue grows as your customersโ€™ teams grow. You get engaged customers who pay for real users instead of subscriptions they forgot to cancel.

๐Ÿ”— Links

  1. โ€‹Growing a No-Code Form Builder to $60,000 MRR โ€ข The thread behind this report.
  2. Building a Report on No-Code Businesses โ€ข The tweet behind this report.
  3. What Is No-Code? โ€ข Simple guide to no-code tools.
  4. Bubble Crash Course โ€ข Learn the fundamentals of Bubble by building a marketplace app.

๐Ÿ“ Related Reports

  • โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹โ€‹Micro-SaaS โ€ข Build a no-code tool to solve a specific problem for a specific group of people.
  • Product-Led Growth โ€ข Distribution matters more than product.
  • AI Agents โ€ข AI agents can think, plan and do tasks on your behalf.
  • Low-Code โ€ข Focus on solving problems without wasting effort.
  • Directories โ€ข Save peopleโ€™s time and build a defensible business.

๐Ÿ™ Thanks

Thanks to Marc Kreuzer, Onu Ocholi, Bernhard Friedrichs and Uwe Dreissigacker. We had a great time jamming on this report.

โœ๏ธ Emin researched and wrote this report. Dru researched and edited this report.

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