Monetize your no-code skills





Monetize your no-code skills
By Aron Korenblit • Issue #43 • View online
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Onto the update…

Like a lot of you, I spend too much time on Twitter. So I tend to conflate the real world with the world as it is on Twitter.
If the Twitter discourse was to be believed, the only route to monetize your no-code skills is through building an app. One that charges recurring revenue with steady, predictable growth and a weekly graph showing that off.
Setting aside the fact that I don’t believe that no-code apps as is are sufficiently abstracted to build saas apps, I definitely do think this is a possible route. It is however one that optimizes for variance—a few winners with a disproportionate amount of apps that never take off.
This discourse also obscures the fact that there are a lot of folks monetizing their no-code skills in other ways that I think deserve some attention. So here’s a list of ways to monetize your no-code knowledge that doesn’t involve building an app (I’ll talk about that next week!):
Talent marketplaces
There’s a lot of demand for user generated software talent! Often though, they’re not explicitly searching for “no-code”. No-code or user generated software isn’t a concept that most businesses have heard of or think they need. Instead, they’ll search for experts of a specific tool “Zapier expert”. Luckily most tools offer an expert directory where users can find knowledgeable freelancers. Note however that signing up to these directories is the first but definitely not the final step in getting business. Just like on Uber Eats/Yelp, getting great reviews and referrals matter: the first name that shows up in any directory gets the most business. Otherwise, there are also no-code specific directories like makerpad or No code pros and many others.
Template building
Getting started on any tool is difficult. You have to learn the tool, then set it up for your usecase. A way to shortcut that is by starting out with a template. Airtable has the universe, Webflow has templates, Parabola has recipes. These are win wins for no-code tools: existing skilled users get to show off (and in some cases, monetize) their talent and new users get faster time to value. This provides a terrain for experts to bolster their profile while monetizing that expertise. Now note that the fact that there is no payment options for templates built-in does not mean you can’t monetize them! You can easily use a gumroad or anything else (you’re a pro here, you should know how to set this up!) to monetize the workflows/front-end/zaps you’ve build.
Work in a company that uses no-code tools
I’ve written before about the rise of no-code operators. However, it’s not that prevalent just yet so you won’t find many jobs with the words user generated software in the title. That said, look for work in the expertise you have—marketing, operations etc—and ask folks what their stack is! Is it google sheets? If so, is moving off of that stack important? What is their philosophy with regards to building versus buying software? Those all feel like great questions that you can pull up when the interviewer inevitably asks you “Any questions about the position?”
There are many routes monetizing your knowledge of user generated software. Don’t let Twitter make you feel like it’s entrepreneurship or bust. Up to you to decide which one is right for you.
New Airtable Zapier trigger
Big news! You can now trigger a Zap on New or updated records in Airtable. You can run zaps when a record is updated, let’s dive into why’d you use it and how it works.
Why’d you use the updated record trigger
This triggers allows you to set up automation when a user updates information. You can use it to be notified of changes to a specific field—say send me an email when the status of important projects is changed. In the past, everytime you wanted to run automations in Zapier based on changes in a table, you’d have to create a new view. Entering a view was the only way that Zapier was able to identify that something had changed in your base. This led to a messy sidebar with a bunch of views that were named “[Zapier] Don’t touch!”.
How it works
Zapier uses a last modified time field to check whether a record has been updated. I imagine it periodically checks the base for changes in that field (e.g. any record that has a last modified time that is greater than the time I last checked means there has been a change).
Note that you can specify the last modified time field in Airtable to only update for changes to specific fields (say a single select/status field) which means that your zap will only trigger for changes to specific fields! You can also limit the changes to a specific view—only send me emails for status changes for urgent campaigns!
When to use Airtable vs Zapier?
This is up to you! Creating the automation in Zapier increases the number of tools you can access and gives you paths/logic. However, it’s extremely opaque to the user. Without access to Zapier, the user could be triggering automations without realizing it! By running the automations in Airtable, you increase visibility but can’t access as many connections. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, the answer is it depends!
From the interwebs
Polytomic announces $2.4M seed to move business data where it’s needed – TechCrunch
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