The solopreneurs and small businesses rarely have the expertise of designing and deploying their tech stack. The technologies they use is mostly a product of what they already know and use, the recommendations from friends and family, and sometimes the suggestions from a new employee. The professional support or the knowledge is a luxury.
The small business tech stack is slow to evolve and the integration among systems is rarely thought about. A typical solution set could look like a MS word or equivalent software for word processing; Excel or another spreadsheet for all data keeping, manipulation, analysis and to do list management. The project planning also resides in one of these spreadsheets. The data is passed back and forth using an email service like gmail or a messaging apps like WhatsApp. One-off cut and paste of data from one sheet to the next is the norm of the day.
Needless to say that this tech stack reaches a breaking point with a minor change like departure of a key employee or as the business grows. The other growing pain is the non-existence of a single source of truth and the lack of integration among various data sets forces people to rely on their own data sets (read spreadsheets) which only adds to the chaos.
The response from the software industry has been unanimous – SaaS. If you have a problem we have a solution for few dollars per month with all the bells and whistles. The integration among various software was left to the business owner or a third party consulting service.
“The net-net is that it was and still is a chaos”
Now imagine using a no-code tool, for example, Airtable, Notion, Coda or other apps similar to it. Most of the standard issues faced by any of the businesses like keeping track of meetings, a global todo lists shared with all employees, maintaining the company policies and SOPs, tracking of the projects, social media marketing, client onboarding, etc. All these situations can easily be handled by any of these solutions with out the headache of integration of training the employees over and over again.
These are just few examples of what can be done easily with a general purpose No-Code tool. The result may not be the best visually but it facilitates the data integration, reduces the wastage of time, simplifies the learning process and also the implementation and management of yet another piece of software. Probably the best option for micro businesses and solopreneurs.
µZero is in the process of releasing templates, for free, to help various businesses as a starting point. These templates can easily be modified to suit your individual needs and extend the capabilities easily, slowly and as your business grows.
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