WFH Manual

WFH Manual

Portrait of the maker

Sharath

Maker

Maker
Starter Stack
hours to build

How to productize your content with no-code

What is it:

A super huge collection of some of the best tips/hacks, resources and best practices shared by pro #WFH workers around the Internet 💻

What did I learn:

1. Product strategy: No-code you can ship fast. Here is another example of the power of no-code. As soon as the pandemic hit, Sharath whipped up this guide for resources that help folks adjust to remote work.

He used a stack that has a very low learning curve which allowed him to move fast. The other major benefits of using a simple stack like this (product type permitting):
1. spend more time building your audience
2. spend more time gathering content for your product

The thing that makes these types of products valuable is because you save time building a product, you can use that time in other places like engaging with your audience, and gathering the content for your product. Sharath was able to launch this very quickly because building it took such a small amount of time.

Because Sharath is an experienced no-code Maker he was comfortable with these tools and he also chose a stack that was good enough. The product UX isn;t the best, but that's the point. Get something out quickly, see how people react and decide to move forward or not. That is the key when you are building is because now that it is becoming even easier to build things you need to move even faster to validate first.

The new problem and darkside of no-code is that just because you can build it doesn't mean that you should. If you don't go through a lean process of validating, getting the right kind of feedback and positive signals, iterating, launching iteratively then growing you risk creating something with no-one ready to use it.

2. No-code tool feature: Embedly is a great tool that I have recently discoverd that allows you to add in a nicer design for listing information than just a standard Airtable base.

The caveat with no-code is that often the tools with the simplest lowest learning curves have the most limiting design and custom functionality. The pot of gold at the end of the no-code rainbow is that tool that allows you to create web applications with some high degree of functionality and flexibility will be the winner. Right now we aren;t there yet, so we have to make product compromises. One of those in an effort to move fast, the easiest thing to do is add the Airtable base and embed it into the Carrd table. But if you do not want to do that, try Embedly. As it gives it a nicer flow and look from a design perspective.

3. No-code tool feature: Airtable forms are great how? What should you know about Airtable forms is that even though they lack in crazy logic steps or other things that you can do with a specialized form builder like Typeform, they are free with airtable base package, they integrate directly into the airtable base and you can sync up to your database so that when an entry is added, it can add a row in your database and be displayed in the UI.

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