If you can’t cook, you can’t be a chef. If you can’t swim, you’ll find it difficult to be a swimmer. So, it would stand to reason that if you don’t know how to code, you can’t create a mobile app, right?
Well, not exactly.
The cool thing about mobile apps is that it’s not really the coding that makes them popular, successful, or lucrative. It’s concept and function that really define a great mobile app. That means that if you have a great idea for a mobile app, it could still become a big hit, even if you can’t code.
Here are a few examples of people who came up with great mobile app ideas that didn’t have a coding background:
Susan Colón, TAYB
As a therapeutic yoga instructor, Susan was concerned about the large amount of people who sit at an office chair or on their couch all day due to the negative health impacts it can cause. In fact, she herself was having a difficult time remembering to stand up from her writer’s desk throughout the day.
Susan came up with the idea for an app that would remind people to stand up from their seats and Take A Yoga Break. However, being a yoga instructor and not a coder, she didn’t have the faintest idea of how to get started on building a mobile app. Luckily, all she had to do was find an excellent app developer that had previous experience with creating and releasing mobile applications.
Today, TAYB is available on the App Store and Google Play store.
Chad Mureta, Emoji
A real estate agent from South Carolina, Chad Mureta’s mobile app epiphany only came to him after a frightening car accident left him hospitalized for 6 months. During his recovery, one of Chad’s friends brought him a newspaper article that described mobile apps as the new gold rush.
Armed with his iPhone (the only thing other than Chad to survive the crash) and months worth of free time, Chad began researching and developing broad ideas for mobile apps, even sketching them out on napkins with his working arm.
All of this is even more remarkable when you consider that, not only was Chad not a coder, he didn’t even really like computers.
“I had no real computer experience,” he told Forbes. “To this day, I don’t like being on the computer. It’s hard for me to type. I couldn’t stand that. But, I saw it being a new opportunity that could work out.”
Today, Chad’s apps, including Emoji and Fingerprint Security Pro, have been downloaded more than 35 million times, and his company, App Empire, makes millions every year.
Sharon Standifird, Ignore No More
If you have kids in their teens, you know how frustrating it can be to try and call them, only to have your call or text ignored. Sharon, a mother in Houston, Texas, got so fed up with this behavior that she devised a mobile app that would essentially disable every non-essential function on a child’s phone unless they answered their parent’s call.
“We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it,” she said. “Your child has only two options — he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder. No calls to friends, no texts, no games.”
Sharon was also not familiar with coding for a mobile app, but that didn’t stop her from chasing her idea.
“I got on the Internet and I literally just started researching how to develop an app.”
Sharon’s app is now available on the Google Play store and works with select Android devices.
Contact FBombMedia and tell us about your mobile app ideas
Even if you don’t have a computer science degree, years of coding experience, or even the faintest idea of how a mobile app works, don’t worry. As long as you have a good, workable concept and the ambition to see it through, FBombMedia can help turn your idea into reality.