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How a Startup Founder Can Build MVP Without Code: 8 Actionable Tips

This practical guide is written by our own CEO, Alexandr Moskalenko.

How many times have you had an idea to build something but failed to validate it because of:

  • Limited resources and low budget (development costs are painful)
  • Lack of technical background and coding skills

Being a startup founder myself, I faced it in real life. In the Lean Startup world, nobody wants to spend years on solving problems that don't exist, even more, if it means paying a fortune for that. It's better to validate your product as soon as you can when building for the public. And that's exactly why building an MVP without code is crucial. So in this article, I will share my practical experience of building MVPs and how no code can help you on the way. We will briefly talk about:

  • What is an MVP?
  • Is no code the right choice for your MVP?
  • Why do you need an MVP without code?
  • 8 actionable tips for an effective MVP

What is an MVP?

Let's state the traditional definition first and then jump into details:

A minimum viable product (MVP) is a version of the product with just enough features to be usable by early customers who can then provide feedback for further product development. An MVP allows us to quickly launch the initial/test version of the product and gather maximum amount of validated feedback through their early customers.

You can call the MVP a crappy, unfinished version of the final product with basic functionality and not polished UX. This is exactly that version of the product which you can do over weekends. A good example would be the first version of StartNoCode which was built on Bubble in a matter of weeks. So in practice, MVP is a fast and dirty working solution to a user's problem. It shows you if you have managed to claim the correct product-market fit.

The minimum viable product (MVP) allows us to launch the product fast and collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.

But you also need to consider that the definition of MVP has evolved a lot to fit in the “Lean Startup World” in 2022. Today, new tech products are not a novelty. People expect a minimum level of quality, and they expect it from all products. You no longer need a minimum "viable" product. You need a minimum "awesome" product (MAP) to be viable. A product that has minimum features but stands out incredibly. A product that values experience and functionality equally. Users' expectations grow, so your MVP value prop should grow as well.

Why do you need to build an MVP without code?

No code MVP is just a faster way to build what users might need. While the fundamental purposes of MVPs are:

  1. Solution seeking: you spot a problem, and you want to find a solution.
  2. Hypothesis testing: you think you have found a business solution to a real life problem, and you want to test it.
  3. Essence delivery: your proposed solution solves the problem end to end. It doesn't deviate.
  4. Improve product: you start somewhere with the solution and then build on it. This allows you to improvise rapidly.

All those goals can be achieved much more affordable with the no-code tech. Let's cover the no-code definition for those of you who are new here:

No-code is the new software development approach, which requires no programming or developing skills to build amazing products. It helps business owners create mobile apps, web apps, websites, landing pages, marketplaces, MVP, and basically all products with the help of no-code tools and platforms. Those platforms use visual drag and drop interfaces to create functionality, where you just move blocks around the screen and make your product in real life. The visual drag-and-drop interface is usually very simple to use and all the app logic is happening in the background. - learn more here.

However, no-code has its own  pros and cons which you should consider before taking this road. In my own opinion, no code is just created for building MVPs and none of the limitations of this approach could be huge unless you want to create video games powered by AI.

Is no-code good for your MVP development?

The consequences of running an untested idea is way too unpredictable for you to be investing a ton of money. Then, how should you build your MVP? No-code to the rescue (yes, I'm a big fan of this approach)!

You can choose to partner with us (learn more about StartNoCode), hire an agency, find a freelancer or do it all by yourself. But the reasons why no-code triumphs over all the above alternatives are:

  • It's way cheaper, flexible, and easy to iterate than traditional code.
  • It's a faster way to enter the market.

While there are a few downsides to building MVP without code, the core purpose is to let you concentrate on the idea at its heart and ship faster. All of these are exactly the things you want while launching your MVP! You can worry about automating, improving, and spicing things up after your idea is validated.

Need help with building your app without codingWe launched 2000+ MVPs & apps for companies all around the world. We'll make your app live in a few weeks and under $4k with the power of no-code. Book a free consultation call to chat about your requirements!

Let's jump right into the 8 actionable tips on how a startup founder can build MVP without code.

Tip #1: Test the idea before building anything

In the early stages, focus on speed. Iterate, execute, succeed, fail; do it all faster. You don’t even need to build anything to show your product value to the users. Make presentations, explanatory videos, fast & dirty design screens, manually deliver the value to users. Try faster routes to collect feedback. Improve your idea at this stage before building it further. Then create your beta user list with easy form creators like Typeform, Google Forms and keep nurturing your potential users.

Tip #2: Do competitor & user research

Analyse the market and study your competitors. Read reviews from competitors’ customers, test available solutions, run interviews. Identify the pain points of users and figure out how your product can stand out. In most cases, the solution is right there. It just needs optimization!

Tip #3: Set Goals

Set clear goals and expectations for your MVP launch with collaboration tools like Notion and Miro. These goals can be as simple as:

  • What problem is my product solving?
  • What will be the metrics for success?
  • How many beta users do I need to have proper testing?
  • How am I better than the competitors and how can I prove it?
  • How can I decide if the MVP is a good Product-Market-Fit?

Tip #4: Create a list of features & user flow

Identify 2-3 core features that can best help you solve the problem. Use familiar UX practices to map out the user flow. Avoid reinventing the wheel for well-established behavior. Keep in mind that it should be the “minimum” version of the product, delivered quickly in a few weeks.

Tip #5 Test prototype

If you are skeptical about jumping straight to building your MVP without code, you can always build and test a prototype. Prototypes are basic implementations of the future project used to express the essence of it. It can be as simple as sketches or low-fidelity wireframes. Use them as a source of feedback and sometimes as bait for investors. Figma is your best friend here.

Tip #6 Develop the product with no-code

After identifying the features and testing the prototype, determine which no-code stack suits your product the best.

Here are a few tools and platforms that we suggest:

Tip #7 Use the “Build, Measure, Learn” approach

After building the MVP, measure the impact of your product to determine the high and low points of your launch. You already set up goals and expectations, so you know what to measure.

Learn by iterations. Keep yourself in a continuous feedback loop. Remember, the sooner you learn, the better! Having an Airtable, Spreadsheet or Business Model Canvas can help keep your learning organized.

Tip #8 Give it to people early on

Don't run after perfection. As soon as you have the desired list of beta testers, give it away to the users. Fast to market is better than perfect to market! Connect with your users via personal touch or email nurturing tools like Mailchimp, Hubspot, or SendinBlue.

Building an MVP may not always be an effortless and successful process. But it’s definitely a cost-effective and promising way to move forward. And I wish you good luck with getting your MPV out to the world and hitting product-market fit someday 🙂

Need help with building your app without codingWe launched 2000+ MVPs & apps for companies all around the world. We'll make your app live in a few weeks and under $4k with the power of no-code. Book a free consultation call to chat about your requirements!