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How Alpha Anywhere Can Help the Self-Employed Increase Success

self-employed people are learning to code with low-code softwareOne surprising offshoot of the pandemic: Massive numbers of people have left their jobs to start their own businesses. In the article, “Workers Quit Jobs in Droves to Become Their Own Bosses,” the Wall Street Journal writes, “The pandemic has unleashed a historic burst in entrepreneurship and self-employment. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are striking out on their own as consultants, retailers and small-business owners.”

It goes on to note: “The number of unincorporated self-employed workers has risen by 500,000 since the start of the pandemic, Labor Department data show, to 9.44 million. That is the highest total since the financial-crisis year 2008, except for this summer. The total amounts to an increase of 6% in the self-employed, while the overall U.S. employment total remains nearly 3% lower than before the pandemic.”

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Starting your own business can be exhilarating. But it can be tough as well. It’s a cold, hard world out there for new business owners. Fundera reports that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “20% of small businesses fail in their first year, 30% of small businesses fail in their second year, and 50% of small businesses fail after five years in business. Finally, 70% of small business owners fail in their 10th year in business.”

In a related article, B2B Reviews found that "21% of companies fail by their first year, 28% fail by their second year, 48% by their fifth year, and 65% fail by their tenth year."

But help is at hand for the self-employed. Alpha Software is an affordable force multiplier that can help anyone, even those with no technical experience or background, create the software, forms, mobile apps, and tools that help entrepreneurs and their businesses thrive. Its low-code capabilities put the power of enterprise applications into the hands of any business owner, no matter his or her level of technical expertise.

learning to code with low code no code softwareJust consider the real-life example of how it helped Mike Brown, a maintenance mechanic laid off in the Great Recession in 2007, start Programmatic Technologies. It’s now a thriving business writing applications for a wide range of companies, from healthcare to the food industry, located across the United States and in the U.K.

He chose Alpha Anywhere to launch his business and hasn’t looked back. “At first, I didn’t know anything about database programming, I didn’t know what JavaScript was, I had no formal education in it,” he says. “I didn’t have a clue. But with Alpha Software and good mentoring along the way I achieved my goal.”

He cites Alpha’s excellent documentation as being a tremendous help. With an active community of 17,000 software developers, Alpha Software’s forum, he says, “is a great resource. No matter what kind of problem you’re facing, or what you need to solve, you can always find help there.”

He says that Alpha’s sample programs and code were a great aid as well, and not just in the beginning. He still turns to them, and to Alpha’s forum whenever he runs into roadblocks.

Alpha Software ScreenAlpha Software, he says, gives him all the tools he needs to write any program for any job he’s asked to tackle.

So if you’re starting your own business, or just thinking of doing it, help is at hand – the power of Alpha Anywhere. Alpha Anywhere low-code software has the unique ability to rapidly create applications and mobile forms that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. It’s powerful and affordable. In fact, you can build low code apps for free right now with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.