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Top 9 On-Demand App Ideas for 2021 ( + Technical, Business Including Financial, and Marketing Guide)

Before moving to the blog, I want to make some solid statements, 

This blog will require 10 minutes of your entrepreneurial journey. 

But I promise these 10 minutes will help you generate $10 million and save 1000 hours on unnecessary efforts.  

Another thing I want to promise you is that I will give you the free opportunity to take your business journey further with the best business/legal consultants and developers. 

So, now — you can start counting time and how your ‘knowledge graph’ rises with every line!  

What’s the real concept of on-demand apps? 

Imagine, you are staying in a hotel on the north pole.

You don’t want to start your day without taking the bath. 

But unfortunately, your day starts at 10 am, the hot water supply in the hotel room is cut off by 9 am. 

So now you either need to wait till tomorrow morning or start the day without taking a bath. 

But if you receive the hot water whenever you want (or on-demand), you would surely rate this hotel 5 stars. Right?  

Because it successfully satisfies your need whenever you feel that you have a need for hot water. 

Here, how instantly the hotel satisfies your need also matters. 

If you want hot water at 9 am, and they supply it to you at 11 am, you won’t be impressed even if they did not make you wait till the next morning. 

Modern human psychology plays a critical role here. How? Let’s find out. 

How does modern human psychology guarantee the success of on-demand apps?  

All on-demand apps satisfy human needs. And a need is the sudden phenomenon – in most cases. 

For instance, a user suddenly (in the matter of a few minutes or hours) finds the need for having food or hailing a taxi. 

And whenever there is a sudden need, a human becomes more impatient. They need everything instantly. 

According to a research paper published in ScienceDirect, “When asked to decide between ten dollars in 30 days and 11 dollars in 31 days, people typically prefer the larger reward. However, when asked to choose between ten dollars now and 11 dollars tomorrow, people are more impulsive and prefer the immediate reward.”

And that’s what an on-demand app does. It satisfies a user’s sudden need very ‘suddenly’ and provides immediate reward! 

This is the reason why on-demand apps are being adopted on a larger scale. 

I just shared the marketing strategy! If you missed it, here is the quick revision. 

Every marketing strategy is influenced by marketing assets. And the best marketing asset an on-demand app has is time. 

How quickly you satisfy the need of the user defines the success of your app. 

Uber has been investing more than 50% of its time and efforts to make driver and rider matching faster and efficient. 

It has deployed many sophisticated algorithms that make sure of two things – the rider finds the most suitable driver rapidly and the driver reaches the rider rapidly. 

So, the one ‘marketing’ advice I would like to give is that don’t invest in marketing. Invest in customer experience and support. 

A user who has remarkable experience with your on-demand app makes you earn more customers than your Facebook ads! 

Now, let’s talk about the 9 on-demand app ideas for 2021 or trending app ideas for 2021. 

Top and Trending On-Demand App Ideas for 2021 

The following list is in a specific order – from high success guarantee to medium and low. 

  1. On-Demand Grocery Delivery App 

You develop the app. 

You tie up with grocery stores. 

Grocery stores list all grocery items with prices on your app. 

Your customers order the grocery. 

Your hired drivers or gig drivers go to the grocery store, pick up groceries, and deliver it to the customers. 

The customer makes the payment and you take the commission on every order. 

Why does it guarantee high success? 

It solves the real-life problem of the consumers. 

It is a tedious and time-consuming chore for many people to visit a grocery store, bargain with the shop owner, and lift the grocery bags all the way back home. 

An on-demand grocery app allows people to get groceries without stepping out of their homes. 

  1. On-Demand Food Delivery Apps

You develop the app. 

You tie up with restaurants. 

Restaurants list their menu with prices on your app. 

Your customers order the food.  

Your hired drivers or gig drivers go to the restaurant, pick up food, and deliver it to the customer. 

The customer makes the payment and you take the commission on every order. 

Why does it guarantee high success? 

People have already been aware of the food delivery concept. So, they will adopt a new food delivery app very easily. 

Additionally, a food delivery app allows people to compare the food from different restaurants and order it without stepping out of the home. 

Most importantly, the food gets delivered within 30 minutes. (Do you remember the concept of modern human physiology we discussed earlier?)

#Bonus Learning: Different Food Delivery App Ideas 

  1. On-Demand Taxi Booking App 

You develop the app. 

Taxi drivers register themselves on your app. 

The users(riders) book the cab. 

The app algorithm finds the most appropriate driver for the rider. 

The app sends a job request to the driver. 

If he approves, the app navigates him to the rider. 

The rider gets the cab and reaches the destination. 

The rider makes the payment and you take a commission out of it. 

Why does it guarantee high success? 

In India, only 22 people out of 1000 people own a car. 

If they want to travel to a location in a group or with family, the most secure and reliable option they have is hiring a taxi. 

But the taxi drivers charge them high fare and do not assure timely service and security. 

A taxi app solves these major concerns of users with features such as algorithmically generated fare, live tracking of the driver, location sharing, panic button, etc. 

  1. On-Demand Doctor App (Telemedicine)

You develop the app. 

Doctors register themselves on your platform. 

The user (patient) describes his symptoms and the algorithm schedules a virtual meeting with a suitable doctor. 

Or, the user manually searches the doctor and schedules a meeting with him. 

Doctors and patients communicate through video calls, voice calls, or chats. 

The doctor prescribes the patient and shares the prescription with the patient. 

The patient pays the fee and you take the fixed percentage of commission. 

Why does it guarantee medium success? 

It is fairly a new concept. People have a wrong belief – I can’t get quality care through a doctor in a video call. 

They wonder how would the doctor ‘check’ my health without being physically around me! 

  1. On-Demand Beauty Service App

You develop the app. 

Certified beauticians register themselves on the platform. 

Users either manually book the home appointment with the beautician or the algorithm finds a beautician for the users. 

The beautician delivers the service at a user’s home. 

The user makes the payment and you take a fixed percentage of the commission out of it. 

Why does it guarantee medium success?

Generally, users (women) prefer to receive beauty services from the same beautician. And there are plenty of beauty salons available in every locality. 

In other words, there are no big challenges users are facing when it comes to beauty services. And when there are no major challenges, what would you target to solve! 

However, users who seek beauty services casually and hurriedly will surely use your app for the rapid service, variety of beauticians, and discount offers. 

  1. On-Demand Handymen, Plumbers, Cleaners App

You develop the app. 

Handymen, plumbers, and cleaners register themselves on the platform. 

Users either manually book the home appointment or the algorithm makes the selection for the users. 

The hired handyman, the plumber or the cleaner, receives the job request and details. 

He delivers the service at a user’s home. 

The user makes the payment and you take a fixed percentage of the commission out of it.

Why does it guarantee medium success?

There are plenty of handymen, plumbers, cleaners available at every crossroad who can deliver the service for just 100 INR. 

That means you have to set the price very aggressively. But with low pricing, there will be a very low margin. Margin will be so low that you probably won’t cover the operating expenses of an app. 

However, users who want handymen for setting up or fixing the entire house (big job!) prefer to use your app for reliability and service quality. 

What I am trying to say is you have to play very smart – with user group identification! 

  1. On-Demand Pharmacy App 

You develop the app. 

Pharmacy store owners register their pharmacy stores and products online. 

Users upload the prescription and the nearest pharmacy store fills the prescription. 

If a pharmacy store doesn’t have medicines prescribed by the doctor, the app automatically passes the prescription to another pharmacy. 

Users can also purchase healthcare products by searching for products or nearest pharmacy stores. 

Your hired delivery drivers or gig workers reach the pharmacy store, pick up the filled prescription, and deliver it to the users. 

The user makes payment and you take a commission out of it. 

Why does it guarantee medium success?

When it comes to medicines, users want it on an immediate basis. And in the best-case scenario, the app will take at least a few hours to handle the prescription of the users. 

But yes, an on-demand pharmacy app is the best option for users who want to buy healthcare products such as glucose meter, supplements, test kits.  

  1. On-Demand Meal Kit Delivery App 

You develop the app. 

You upload various meal plans for different numbers of people. 

Users either order a single meal kit or subscribe for daily meal kit delivery. 

You deliver the meal kit to the users. 

And you enjoy all the money you make. (There will be no commission!)

Why does not it guarantee success at all? 

First of all, it will be a very new concept for Indian consumers. And secondly, it does not solve any significant problem of the users

After all, users still need to cook the food. Because, in meal delivery, they only receive ingredients and recipes. 

However, there is still scope for success as there are many such apps that have raised well-enough funding in developed countries. 

  1. On-Demand Laundry and Dry Cleaning App 

You develop the app. 

Laundry shop owners register themselves on your platform. 

A user selects the type of laundry service and number of clothes. 

The app algorithm finds the most nearest and affordable laundry shop.  

Your delivery and pick up team picks up the clothes from the user and delivers them to the laundry shop. 

Once work has been completed, the same team picks up the clothes from the laundry shop and delivers them to the user. 

The user makes the payment and you take the fixed percentage of commission out of it. 

Why does not it guarantee success at all?

The delivery and pick-up cycle is very long which eats up your resources and money. This ultimately shrinks your profit margin. 

Most importantly, there are many laundry shops in every neighborhood. 

These laundry shops work with great coordination – they have a fixed user base because they all have divided into small areas of the neighborhood.  

Thus, it is also a challenge to onboard laundry shop owners on your app. 

“Ok. I have the app idea. But how can I develop an app within my low budget?” – Here is how! 

Well, you first need to understand how app agencies charge you for app development. 

All development companies generally charge you based on the number of hours they will require to develop your app. 

Meaning, if your app has complex features, developers will require more hours to achieve it and it will increase the development cost. 

But at the same time, you also don’t want to launch the app with basic features. 

So what’s the alternative? 

You should consider the MVP or clone. 

  • An MVP is indeed a basic app. But it is dedicatedly developed for you after understanding your business processes. It allows you to test the market first, invest later. 
  • Whereas, the clone lacks personalization. But it has every feature a native app has. For instance, a Big Basket clone has all the features the same as the original app.  

Yes, both MVP and the clone app costs you equal to or less than a family car! 

Don’t wrap up yet. You have to know the different API fees you have to pay every month. 

An API is a very important component of the app. It is nothing but a code for a feature (tracking, payment, messaging) provided by some other company as a service. 

Using API, a developer can easily accomplish complex features without wasting efforts and time. 

But, you have to pay a monthly fixed fee or a usage-based fee for each API. 

The following are top API used in an on-demand app. 

  • Tracking and Navigation (Google Map API) – charge per number of loads 
  • Payment Processing (Stripe, PayPal) – charge a fixed percentage on every transaction 
  • Communication API (Twilio) – charge per active user per month and charge per minute of call 

Running an on-demand app is not easy because of this major challenge. 

We already mentioned how an on-demand app works – it works with the single aim of satisfying the sudden or urgent need of the users. 

If it delays the service delivery, it loses the privilege of being called an on-demand app! 

 And that’s the challenge. You always have to make sure of rapid delivery of services. 

The thing that makes delivering everything fast a challenging task is the lack of control over gig workers. 

They decide for themselves – where should I provide service today? Which job should I accept? 

For context, if they decide to be online and accept the jobs in a location where there is no demand from the user side, user requests in high demand areas won’t be satisfied. 

Such working behavior of gig workers also affects their earnings as they don’t get enough job requests everywhere in the city. 

Thus, it is crucial to control and monitor their movement. 

You have to make them aware of the locations where there is high demand and where they can make more money. 

Uber has introduced a ‘boost zone’ feature to address this challenge only. 

Uber app marks a busy area as a ‘boost zone’ where drivers get more frequent job requests and get ‘boost’ on earnings. 

2020 has changed user behavior. What’s that new behavior and how to cope up with it in 2021? 

In 2018 and 2019, users had very fragmented characteristics, goals, and needs. Some preferred to order food online but did not find it useful to order groceries online. 

This is why the idea of an individual app for each user’s needs was very successful in those years. 

But in 2020, they became habituated to ordering all essential things online and on-demand – be it grocery, food, medicines anything! 

Since they have now multiple needs, they would require to install 5 different apps for 5 needs – an app for food, another app for grocery, another app for medicine – so on …! 

This is indeed very frustrating for users. 

A super app is a solution. It eliminates the frustration completely. 

A super app basically offers more than one on-demand service to the users – from the single app. 

Since you will already have the logistic infrastructure with an on-demand app, it would be very easy for you to offer other on-demand services from the same app. 

We help startups like no other app agency on earth (and we’re proud of that!) 

First of all, we’re not only the app agency and that’s why we help startups beyond just the mobile app. 

Before investing your hard-earned money in app development, you have to figure out successful app development steps & target audience and compare existing competitors’ apps, define the user journey and validate the app idea with experts. 

I logically and strongly suggest you go with our BA service. 

BA service aims to define the feature set, create a detailed wireframe & flow diagram based on user journey, and create a complete mobile app screen designing with the navigational flow. 

This service will cost you anything between 45K-50K INR and it will take around 2-3 weeks in creating the same.

That’s it for today. I have kept many other best things for our first conversation! 

Yes, I am keeping my promise. Providing your on-demand app idea with free technical assistance.

Just contact us and we will schedule a call in which we will discuss your app idea, technical feasibility, app cost, app features, business model, legal things and many more. 

We have in-house developers and designers who will design and develop the app you would like to see in the market in the next 2 months. 

I will deliver my promise in the best way. But the question is, 

Are you keeping the promise you made to yourself on the first day you start your entrepreneurial journey?