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11 Profitable Business Ideas You Can Build Without Code Today

You don't need to know how to code to start an online business. Use no-code tools to start your next profitable side project.

Building your own tech-enabled business is more accessible than ever before.

No code tools are the superpower for the digital economy. Here's 11 profitable online business opportunities for anyone, even if you don't know how to code.

1. A job board

💡 The idea
  • Build a job board for a specific industry. Examples include design jobs, remote jobs, and healthcare jobs.
⚙️ How to build it without code
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Content marketing for SEO to drive search traffic for related search terms.
  • Post your job board on related online communities
  • Collect emails of visitors and send out a weekly newsletter with new jobs.
  • Cross-post job postings to Twitter to increase reach.
💰 How to monetize
  • First, manually add jobs to your job board.
  • Charge companies for highlighted job postings + email newsletter posting.
  • Start with a low price to get your first paid posting, and increase over time.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?


2. A custom app for real estate agents

💡 The idea
  • Create custom apps for individual real estate agents to highlight their showings.
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Send cold emails to real estate agents offering a custom app.
  • Offer a referral bonus if real estate agents refer other agents to you
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Charge real estate agents an annual fee ($500/year, for example) for access to their own custom app.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?


3. A paid newsletter

💡 The idea
  • Write a newsletter for a specific industry. It could be for just about anything: plant care, startup investing or climate change, for instance. 
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Share your newsletter on Twitter (reply to accounts with large audiences, tweet related content).
  • Share your newsletter on LinkedIn.
  • Be transparent with your growth on social postings to attract more interest.
  • Post in related online communities.
  • Post on a regular schedule so readers know what to expect.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Start as a free newsletter to get your first subscribers.
  • Over time, add a premium level subscription with additional content for a monthly or annual price.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?


4. A dating app for a specific niche

💡 The idea
  • Create a dating app for a specific niche.
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Post in related online communities.
  • Facebook ads to gain users of your specific niche.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Charge for premium features (unlimited matches, for example).
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?

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5. A paid membership recipe app

💡 The idea
  • Create a recipe app with premium/paid recipes. Optionally offer a community for paid subscribers! Tip: choose a specific food niche, such as vegan recipes.  
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Post in related online communities.
  • Giveaway recipes for free for signing up.
  • Content marketing for SEO to drive organic traffic for related search terms.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Charge for premium recipes and a community in the app.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?


6. A content curation site

💡 The idea
  • Create a content curation site for a specific niche. It could be anything you’re interested in! Lawn care, productivity tools, or home office supplies are all potential ideas!
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Post in related online communities.
  • Content marketing for SEO to drive organic traffic for related search terms.
  • Collect emails on your site to build your newsletter.
  • Guest-blog on related websites.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Use affiliate links to products on the site
  • Charge for advertisement once you have a large userbase.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?


7. An e-commerce store on Shopify

💡 The idea
  • Sell something online! Examples include cookies, jewelry or plants - it could be just about anything you can create.
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Facebook ads
  • Post in related online communities
  • Collect emails on your site by offer a discount code
  • Send discounts to existing customers to re-purchase
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Sell your product!
  • Consider offering a subscription to your product if applicable
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?



8. Help businesses use Zapier

💡 The idea
  • Use Zapier to automate tasks for small businesses.
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Send cold emails to offer your services to local businesses.
  • Post on LinkedIn to get clients through your existing network.
  • Get referrals from existing clients.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Charge for each project you complete for small businesses.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?


9. Start a local marketplace in your city

💡 The idea
  • Create an online marketplace in your city. Examples include: booking personal trainers, renting camping equipment, or swimming pool rental!
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • First, reach out to the supply side of the marketplace (the personal trainers, for instance) to populate your marketplace
  • Advertise to potential customers through Facebook Ads.
  • Post in related online communities where potential customers are.
  • Encourage the supply side of the marketplace to advertise.
  • More info on Sharetribe
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Take a percentage of each sale (typically between 10-25%).
  • Charge a monthly fee for access to the platform, but take no percentage of each sale
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?

10. Build websites for local businesses

💡 The idea
  • Build simple websites for local businesses like restaurants, salons or movers.
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Cold emails to offer your services to local businesses.
  • Post on LinkedIn to get clients through your existing network.
  • Get referrals from existing clients.
  • Post in related Facebook groups.
  • Search Upwork and similar sites for your first clients.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Charge a monthly fee to build and host the website with updates.
  • Charge a larger one time fee to build the website, with no monthly fee.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?

11. Productize content marketing for online businesses

💡 The idea
  • Most online businesses could benefit from content marketing, which increases search traffic. Charge a monthly fee to write a set number of articles per month for businesses. Either write them yourself, or hire writers off sites like Upwork.
🧲 How to get and retain users
  • Send cold emails to businesses. Include links to sample work and testimonials from satisfied clients.
  • Post on LinkedIn to get clients through your own network.
  • Post on Product Hunt and other similar online communities.
  • Offer a discount for the first month to get your first clients.
  • Get referrals from existing clients.
  • Write your own content to increase search traffic.
⚙️ How to build it without code
💰 How to monetize
  • Charge a monthly fee starting at $500/month for three 2000 word posts.
🤔 Who’s doing it profitably?
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