How I would build a personal finance budgeting app without code

Actionable guide on how to build a personal finance budgeting app

How I would build a personal finance budgeting app without code

So you've been working in JP Morgan for the past 5 years and after laughing at your bosses jokes, talking about the weather every week and networking with other finance peeps at Slug & Lettuce you've built enough of an emergency fund to last 6 months - and you're hot property on the job market. With all this, you still want another source of income, and you've seen this common problem at work that isn't fixed and believe with a small tech team you could build this startup.

A few months go past now and you've joined a few Slack communities and attended a few FREE events that were posted and you've been asking if anyone knows an affordable Tech Co-Founder that might be tempted to join you in exchange for some sweat equity.

3 months in and finding a CTO isn't working out plus you've now heard horror stories about working with devs from developing countries and Upwork and you'd rather work with someone in the UK that you can meet face to face because the stakes are high, and you don't want no-one stealing your idea before its had a chance to grow.

Until one day, you hear you can build something like this in a few weeks, or even a month, with no code.

Introduction to Glide

Today I want to introduce you to Glide (one of many tools that could do this), the basics of how it works and how I would find the right template to get started with.

Glide allows you to "build an app from a Google Sheet in five minutes, for free".

What is Glide?

Glide was founded in 2018 by David Siegel & Jason Smith and it is a service that lets you create mobile apps, using the most popular tool to manage data; spreadsheets.

Glide apps live on the web and can be accessed via a link making it easier to share and make updates.

⚠️ The apps created in Glide cannot be published on Google Play or the App Store.

How much does it cost?

Glide prices based on your typical Freemium model, and they price based on usage, how many updates you can make, what security features you can limit and how much of a transaction fee they will charge.

Here’s a quick overview of Glide’s pricing tiers (check the pricing page for the details)

  • the Free tier with 500 rows in the app’s spreadsheet, with the glide branding (logo + domain).
  • the Pro App tier (12$) with 25,000 data rows in the app’s spreadsheet and no glide branding
  • the Private Pro App tier which has all the features of the pro plan plus the ability to only let people you allow to sign in.
  • the Enterprise tier for the big boys

NB: In each plan, you can buy extra rows.

⚠️  Each plan is only valid for one app. If you have several apps that you need to upgrade, you’ll have to pay a play for each app.


  1. So the first thing you’re going to need to do is create an account
  2. Next you will pick a template and Copy app for free
  3. Get familiar with how Glide's editor works
  4. Edit it so that it fits what you want for your *minimal end to end experience

That’s it for today ! I hope that this glide app review will help you decide if it’s the right no-code builder for you.

*From a product development perspective, you want to de-risk your business model by creating a minimal version that still valuable and usable to your ideal customer. The initial focus when you are driving growth will be to capture your target segments attention with a simple and clear promise of the value you'll be delivering. Your minimal version should deliver on that alone. More on that in the Start guide

Further Resources

If you want to explore further, here are some useful links:

  • The Glide community forum (use the "showcase tab" to get an idea of what you can build)
  • The Glide YouTube channel also has detailed bite sized videos around the editor and how to use it as well as the latest updates