I bootstrapped an online community (100DaysOfNoCode) to 250 paid members, AMA!

I run the 100DaysOfNoCode community, and this is my first time posting on here, so hey!

It started as a Twitter challenge and is now an online paid community (https://www.100daysofnocode.com/)

Happy to share insights and nuggets I've picked up along the way.

We're now focused on launching our first 6 week cohort to help people learn the fundaementals of no-code and launch their MVP's (https://www.100daysofnocode.com/no-code-beginners-cohort)

Currently looking for new avenues for growth.

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    Hey @1hakr where do you actually pull crypto prices from?

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    Hey Max,
    Great achievement!!!
    What tools are you using for your portal?
    Have you evaluate other options?

    This is a growing space and you will do great here.

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      Hey there! Thanks for the kind words!

      For the member portal, we're currently using Softr for the frontend and Airtable for the backend. This has all member resources, content etc.. gated depending on the level of subscription users have. Slack is used for member discussion.

      Yes, I'm always evaluating our stack - community tools are tricky, but currently exploring Podia to be the home for all our content, but also open to other ideas!

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        I can say that you can choose from multiple platform. There is really a ton to choose from.
        You need to understand few points:

        • Membership (a decision needs to be made if you want to handle as a CRM or just a simple DB - this impact your decision on what is the best solution)
        • Payment (there are two options: integrated into your community or integrated to your website and automate onboarding to your tool) Even this make it easier for integration, as you are in no-code you might know that it is really simple to automate onboarding using Stripe and Zappier too.
        • Community offering (now it comes what you are offering and how you are engaging your community - slack is good for real time, but no good for updates, Polio is more a tracking courses and members)
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    The cohort looks really interesting - how are candidates selected? Let's say, for ex, I'm a college grad working in entry level marketing, but interested in starting an indie project and learning via this cohort. Do I need an idea in mind before I apply? How competitive is it?

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      Hey there! Super glad that the cohort looks interesting to you. To apply you will need to fill in a quick 5 min form to share your goals and then we have a 15 min interview. This process is mainly to ensure the cohort is a good fit for yourself and aligns with the outcomes we're able to help you hit. And the interview gives space for you to answer any other questions you have for us.

      And no you don't need an idea beforehand! We;ll help you ideate during the first couple of weeks, if you need a project.

      Would love to see an application from you, as from you've described, think you'll be a great fit!

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    I have done hundreds of hours of research on communities and businesses. After a quick analysis, I would recommend a marketplace for these builders. Similar to Fiverr, you could easily become a no-code giant. There would be a higher turn rate than programmer marketplaces because of how fast no-code can be built and edited. You just take 5% of each deal you would undercut the entire system and could potentially scale fast.

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      This is an awesome idea, thankyou for sharing!

      Agreed, think this could be a great way to centralise no-code talent and be a value add for members who want to make money from the skills they're learning.

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        Thanks so much! Appreciate it

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    ¡Hey Max! Thanks for taking the time to answer this. ¿What's the main thing that you are doing to promote the creating of projects of the people that join 100daysofnocode?

    ¿Whats your main metric that you look for to know if you're on the right path?

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      Sure thing Vaughtton!

      I share them every week in our community digest and sometimes share on Twitter. But I need to get better at spotligthing cool things produced by members.

      I think I look at a few metrics:

      • How many people are completing the #100DaysOfNoCode challenge
      • How many projects are launched every month from the community
      • How many projects launched are now making money

      These metrics give me an indication on how far members' no-code skillset has improved and what outcomes are being achieved (i.e. how are they applying their learning).

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    Hey Max, thanks for doing this. How did you find/persuade the initial participants to take up this challenge? Did it begin by you putting out the hashtag and someone in your network taking notice?

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      Hey there Akhilmk! Great Q. Before I shared that I was going to started the #100DaysOfNoCode challenge myself, I asked a few people with larger audiences than me to share that they were also committing to taking it. This got the ball rolling and it grew momentum from there.

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