With 2024 just around the corner, we asked you to tell us some of your Bubble-related New Year’s resolutions — and you delivered. In the spirit of the giving season, we compiled a list of the most common resolutions and some resources on how to make them stick. Whether you’re a pro developer or just starting out, we know you're going to crush it in 2024.

Resolution 1: Get started with Bubble

If you’re new to Bubble (or no-code in general), you might still be getting the hang of the editor or figuring out what exactly you want to build. For total beginners, we recommend checking out the Bubble Academy. It’s your home for everything you need to get started. If you learn best by watching, check out our intro series for an intro to some key concepts. The academy is also home to interactive lessons, short walkthroughs that teach you to build directly in the editor. They’re a great way to get familiar with the editor and Bubble’s design, data, and logic capabilities.

PS, if you’re stuck staring at a blank editor, try using a template. This round-up of the top five community-built templates is a helpful place to start.

Resolution 2: Level up your skills

If you’ve got the basics covered but still want to get the hang of a new-to-you concept, the academy covers more than just the fundamentals. Delve into the video library and manual to explore more specific concepts — from the API connector to z-indices. There are also a ton of community-built resources out there to explore, from quick YouTube tutorials to more in-depth courses and bootcamps.

Once you feel confident you know Bubble inside and out, it’s time to get certified. The Bubble Developer Certification is a straightforward way to prove your expertise to potential clients. If you need help deciding if you’re ready to take the plunge, we just released a practice guide to help you prepare.

Ready to become a Bubble-Certified Developer? Register for the exam here.

Resolution 3: Dabble in AI

It’s hard to escape AI these days, but have you tried adding it to your Bubble app yet? Check out our beginner’s guide to AI and no-code for inspiration. Earlier this year, the official Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service plugin for Bubble went live. All you need is a Microsoft Azure account to get started. Once you’re set, follow our step-by-step guide to building your own ChatGPT-style chatbot for your app. Or try something totally new — the possibilities are endless.

(By the way, we’re committed to building responsibly with AI and have big plans for incorporating AI with Bubble more directly. Read more about Bubble’s intentional approach to AI from our co-CEO Josh Haas.)

Resolution 4: Grow your business

There are a few ways to build your career (or side hustle) as a Bubble Developer. You can help other people build or grow their apps as a freelance or agency developer. You can also build your own templates and plugins and sell them on the Bubble Marketplace. 

Selling on the Bubble Marketplace is a great way to contribute to the community and earn money at the same time. To get started, you’ll need ‌to set up a seller profile and a Stripe account to begin selling templates or plugins. We can’t wait to see what you build!

Pro tip: If you’re a freelance developer, you should absolutely switch to an Agency plan. You’ll have access to features like premium version control, longer server logs, and higher workload usages per month. The agency plan also makes it easy to transfer an app to a client when you’re done. You’ll also get a listing on Bubble’s agency directory. With more than 11,000 monthly visits, it’s an easy way to get more visibility. 

If you’re looking to win more clients, you can submit bids on the RFP (request for proposal) site. Here’s how it works: prospective clients submit a proposal with the scope of the project, their budget, and what kind of dev they’re looking for. Agencies (including freelancers) then bid for the proposals, and it’s up to the client to select the agency or developer they think is the best match.

Resolution 5: Get involved in the Bubble community

Last, but certainly not least: get involved in the Bubble community! Whether you’re a new Bubbler or an experienced dev, the community is one of your greatest assets. Twitter/X and LinkedIn have the most active community members online, and the forum is an easy way to get (and give!) direct feedback and support, and lean more about feature updates. 

If you want to go beyond online connections, consider hosting a meetup. Host a hackathon, build session, or just get together to hang out. You might just meet your next mentor or collaborator. 

Have a different no-code New Year’s resolution? We’d love to hear more about yours — leave a comment below. Happy building!