Creating an app for your business can be an exciting time, and an overwhelming whirlwind of decision making, money spending, and time-wasting. Traditional apps are not something everyone can afford: they cost upwards of $100,000 and take 3 to 9 months to build. One way to unlock the full potential of app creation is by going down the no-code route. No code allows you to create your own app without having to write a single line of code. It’s so much faster, and you can DIY it. Sounds revolutionary, right?
The issue is that when your focus is on running your business, you might not have time to build your app. The good news is that there are experts that can do it for you – no need to disrupt your daily operations. Outsourcing can be a great way of maximizing the scalability and quality of your future no-code app.
Outsourcing can allow you to get a finished, workable app much quicker than if you were to create it yourself.
However, is outsourcing really the right choice for you? Which approach to having your own no-code app is the most efficient: learning to build your own or working with a team of experts? Let’s explore the question together. In this guide to no-code outsourcing, we’ll learn about how time-consuming no-code is, and how steep of a learning curve you might have to go through. We’ll then find out some of the benefits of outsourcing your no-code app development to a team of experts. Let’s get started!
The no-code learning curve: is no-code hard to do?
Nowadays, no-code platforms promise to make software development as easy as using any word processing software. These platforms claim that the average business can reap the many rewards of their own app without the huge investment, in time and money, of a traditional development team.
Let’s cut to the chase. No-code is definitely easier than traditional software development because you don’t need to learn how to code, yes. Since its first appearance, the concept has taken off at an astounding rate – in fact, Gartner projects that by 2024, 65% of application development will be done with low code. However, it is safe to say that low code does involve its own lot of challenges and learning. But to what extent?
No-code platforms work in different ways…
You may be familiar with the leading no-code development platforms, but before we get too far into the details, here are some of our favorites:
All of these platforms have their own set of inner workings, methods, and procedures. Some are easier to learn than others, and different users might struggle more with one compared to the other. Glide, for example, is very interactive and most users report a relatively low learning curve. Softr, on the other hand, seems to be harder to understand and navigate. It usually takes users longer to learn how to use it (Check out our Glide vs Softr article). Bubble too has quite a steep learning curve, as it offers more complex paths and usages (Our Glide vs Bubble comparison blog post here!).
A good way to think about these different no-code platforms is that they all make creating apps just like placing building blocks in different orders. The thing is, some platforms take more or less inspiration from programming. This means that there’s something out there for you according to how accustomed to software and app development you are.
Nevertheless, no-code platforms do take some getting used to. It’s unrealistic to think that you can hop onto one of these platforms and instantly create an app. You’ll have to first understand:
- The different options each platform offers
- How the different drag and drop editors work
- If the templates available are right for you or if you need to create your own framework for your app
- The different design components throughout the platform
- How to set up automated action sequences and trigger the right thing at every turn
- How to integrate third-party platforms
- How to make your app aesthetically pleasing
- And more
For all these reasons, you may not have the time to go through all of the steps required to create your own no-code app. So would traditional app development be better?
…But you won’t have to learn a different language
When you learn how to code apps, you’re essentially learning a different language. There are many different coding languages that cater to the three types of apps: native, hybrid, and PWA (Progressive Web Apps). These different languages can sometimes be extremely complex to learn and can take several years to fully master in some cases.
That’s why it will always be easier to learn how to use no code to create your app instead of going down the traditional app development route. With no code, there’s no need to learn Python, C#, or Java (three of the most popular programming languages), you’ll just need to understand how to navigate through the platform. Yes, this can be pretty time-consuming, but it is definitely possible.
Okay, so if you can DIY your no-code app, what’s the point of outsourcing it? Well, for many different reasons. Let’s go over some of them.
The benefits of outsourcing your no-code app
Saving precious resources: time and money
Inevitably, no-code experts can build a truly efficient app with much less time and money than someone inexperienced. By outsourcing your no-code app, you’ll be able to considerably accelerate what we call time to market. Time to market is the length of time it takes to create a product, from the very beginning to when it hits the market.
So, you have an amazing idea for your app, you’ve thought about the how and the why, and now it’s time to build your app. You need to act fast – your business needs this app NOW. The fast-paced ecosystem nowadays doesn’t wait for anyone, so you want to find the most time-efficient way to build your app.
Outsourcing can allow you to get a finished, workable app much quicker than if you were to create it yourself. Leaving your app to a team of experts not only will make the whole process much faster but will also:
- Let you focus on running your business
- Build the app with the right foundation and structure from day 1
- Allow time for your team to review the app’s results and give feedback
- Eliminate the need for disrupting your team’s daily tasks
- Quickly and efficiently carry out changes within your app when needed
Outsourcing your no-code app lets you sit back and look at the bigger picture. You can keep your long-term mission in mind, instead of wasting time with tasks that are neither your priority nor within your range of expertise. You can keep growing your business while a team of experienced app makers works on your project. Innovation doesn’t have to mean that your business can’t keep on running smoothly.
But what about the cost of hiring the agency?
You may be worried about how much it costs to hire an agency to build your app. Like any project, building an app is often done on a tight-strung budget. Traditionally it would cost anywhere between $37,000 to $500,000 for a software development agency to build your app. Thankfully though, the astronomical costs tied to paying a team of developers are now a thing of the past. No-code agencies cost a fraction of the price of traditional app creation agencies, allowing you to unlock the full money-saving potential of no-code.
Outsourcing your app project to a team of no-code experts who have a proven track record is a definite way of controlling your operational costs. All your requirements will be met within a timeline, without having to add in extra costs and invest more time, which ultimately, means more money.
Managing processes better
We’ve just discussed how outsourcing the creation of your no-code app can increase operational efficiency within your organization. This is not only because you won’t have to spend time learning how to use no-code platforms which sometimes have steep learning curves, but also because no-code experts know how to better manage all processes.
Why? Because an extremely important aspect of app development is talent, whether or not it’s via the traditional software development route. This means that experienced no-code app-building agencies or experts will be able to advance swiftly through defined and efficient processes.
For example, here at LowCode Agency, we’ve been building apps for a while. In fact, we’ve built over 240 apps, which is more than most app developers can possibly do in their lifetime. This means that we’ve narrowed down the most powerful and effective steps within the no-code app building process. We know what works, we know what doesn’t, so our talent and expertise allow us to confidently say we can manage all processes in the best ways possible.
This may not be the case if you choose to build your app in-house. You’ll have to either:
- Hire a team of developers
- Learn how to do it yourself
Hiring a team of developers means that you have to waste time managing, training, and monitoring people in order to reach milestones when building your app. When you go with an agency, you don’t have to worry about all of this, and you can just communicate all of your requirements, your ideas, your hopes, and expectations – someone else’s team will be in charge of dealing with it all. Milestones will be met without you having to move mountains.
A higher-quality app thanks to an expert input
Obviously, when you first thought of having an app, your objective was to have a high-quality tool that would scale your business and improve all processes. Well, when building a no-code app by yourself, that’s easier said than done.
Why? Because there’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to make the right choices. No-code agencies know how to navigate all the important decisions that will make your app the powerful, efficient, and fully-integrated tool it has the potential to be. This means choosing from different factors like:
- A strong, aesthetically pleasing design
- Integration with the right tools so that your app seamlessly blends into your workflow
- The right user hierarchy, so that different people can perform different tasks and make different levels of decisions within the app
- The ability to make payments if needed
- The ability to trigger appointment reminders
- Access to analytical tools so that you can measure how well your app is performing
- The ability to offer surveys to your team so that you can get feedback
- Chatbots, and help centers
- The possibility of including email signup forms
- Having seamless email templates with your own branding and style
- Make sure there are enough security features to keep your app safe
- Adding in video chatting and 1:1 conferencing
- Having project and task management features
- And many more
No-code experts can choose through all the existing options and features to get you your dream app. You’ll most likely end up having a higher quality app than if you had gone DIY.
Maintenance, help, support, and training after going live
A common misconception about app development is that the work stops once the app is built. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why there’s much left to do once you’ve built the first version of your app.
First of all, it’s going to take a few tries to get your app right. You might realize that some features aren’t exactly right, and some others are missing. That’s why it’s very important to be ready to make important changes and improvements once the app has gone live.
Secondly, you’re going to send your app to your team and your close circle for feedback. To be able to make adequate changes according to that feedback, you have to be available. It’s sometimes difficult to make room for this work, and people end up with half-functioning apps, which end up being a waste of resources.
Next, as time goes on, apps take a lot of maintenance. This is because your business is constantly evolving and changing – things are always shifting, and you need to be able to adapt your app to these changes. The work never actually ceases to be done.
For all of the above reasons, outsourcing your app’s creation to an agency means you don’t have to worry about maintenance. The no-code agency will be constantly monitoring any changes that need to be made and will maintain your app to a high standard through time. You won’t have to worry about reacting to feedback, or about carving out the time to keep your app running.
If you ask us, we definitely would say it’s best to outsource your app instead of doing it yourself. It’s much more efficient, much less time-consuming, it can be less expensive, and most importantly it will result in a considerably higher-quality app. The bottom line is that you should think about your priorities: is it more important to you to have a truly qualitative app, or to learn how to do no-code by yourself? Do you care about how long it will take to get your app done – are you short on time? All of these questions are important and will help you decide whether or not you should outsource your no-code app.
By the way, here at LowCode Agency, we’re a team of experts in no-code app creation. We build beautiful and powerful no-code apps for our clients every day so that they can focus on the most important aspects of running their businesses. We provide the highest standard of maintenance, help, and support even once the app is created. Every step of the way, we handpick the best features and functions to curate your dream app. Book your very own free discovery call today to find out what we can do for you!
Jesus is the founder of Low Code Agency: a low-code development agency that allows small business owners to get their mobile and web apps done fast and cost-effectively while maintaining quality.