We asked Quiq founder, Marta Calvinho, about building an app that gives people the ability to start focusing on long-term financial objectives. Marta is an architect by trade and has always been passionate about learning about new technologies, startups, and finding cool things on product hunt. She chose Bubble because it offers an easy way to create, grow, and change a database, in addition to its customizable user interface.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
My app is a financial forecast tool meant to give people the ability to start focusing on long-term financial objectives by reviewing and understanding their short term finances.
It is important to understand the full picture of our financial health in order to plan ahead efficiently. It focuses on a five year plan since it is a time frame that is close enough to not feel overwhelming yet allows you enough time to correct certain habits and achieve your goals.
The aim is to put people in a position where they can understand and make changes to their own unique situations.
How does your app work?
The website starts by focusing on the 'Now' by asking you to input your current savings, your current monthly income and current monthly expenses. On the second page it asks you to focus on the ´Future´ by thinking about what are the big expenses you have coming up with in the next five years - these are where you put your goals and ambitions. It then asks for things that will help or hinder you in this process- your assets and debts.
Finally after inputting the data you can "Create Your Five Year Plan" on the app which is unique to your situation. In the summary page you will get an analysis on how you are doing and ways to improve in order to reach your goals.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
My name is Marta and I am 30 year olds, originally from Portugal, and an architect by trade. I have worked and lived in London, Lisbon, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. My greatest passion is learning about new technologies, startups, and finding cool things on product hunt. I have a million ideas a day but was never able to do anything about them. I always felt annoyed at how I wasn't able to simply bring my own ideas to life and also couldn't afford to pay someone to build them. I tried to teach myself to code a few times but never got further than CSS and HTML. When I learned about Bubble everything changed.. I had a world of possibilities at my fingertips.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
For me, Bubble was a game changer because of how easy it is to create, grow and change a database. I had never even understood that you need a database in websites, that is how basic I was with my understanding of how a website is set up.
Another huge plus for me is how easy it is to design, build and connect things in an intuitive way since I am a designer by trade and an extremely visual person. The community behind Bubble has also been a real life changer- always fast to respond, which is essential when you just can't figure out how to do something.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
My biggest milestone was the first stranger that signed up - I was so happy, I could barely believe someone found me on the interwebs and signed up. The second biggest milestone was the first purchase.
What are your future plans for your app?
I hope to create a website that helps people reach their financial goals as best as possible. My next step is to allow people to create their 5 Year Financial Forecast and if they want more than the basic analysis given by Quiq then having a network of financial advisors that are available to take it to the next level.
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