The mobile app industry is booming. Browsers and search engines are losing their share of the market as consumers are turning more and more to mobile apps for connecting directly with the services or goods they want to get their offline hands on.
The poster boy for the on-demand mobile app for the sharing economy is indeed Uber, and it’s with reason that a lot of companies are trying to apply the Uber model to disrupt their specific industry.
From Uber for babysitters, Uber for photographers, Uber for barbers, and Uber for bicycles, it seems like just about everybody wants to get in on the Uber revolution. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t make sense for every single company to get an app just because their competitors are. The Uber model can be applied to a range of industries but it only makes sense to apply the Uber model to the right kind of industries. The kind of industries that stand to benefit the most from applying the Uber model.
As companies across industries rush to create Uber for X and jump on the mobile app bandwagon, we take a look at the ideal industries that could truly benefit from applying the uber model to their business.
1. Uber for Garbage Collection
Garbage is a multibillion dollar industry. 55 Billion to be exact. Garbage collection, disposal and recycling costs are huge for businesses and the process is timely. The solution? An Uber for garbage collection with an on-demand mobile app that allows independent garbage collectors to bid on picking up garbage. The Uber for garbage collection app could help garbage collectors locate the nearest disposal site and recycling plants that offer better rates for their garbage.
2. Uber for Airplanes
Competition is fierce in the airline industry. Airfares have fallen by about 50 percent since 1978 and the airline industry price wars has been great news for consumers. The uber what if a mobile app for airplanes could make flying even cheaper and at the same time help private pilots compete with the big airlines while cutting down on waste.
The mobile Uber app for airplanes would see customers searching for available regional flights with private pilots and likewise, pilots could search for passengers looking to travel to destinations that meet their routes. The app would allow passengers to connect directly with private pilots, cutting admin and airline fees and making air travel even cheaper.
3. Uber for Fitness
Just about everybody is a fitness fanatic these days and jobs in the fitness industry is expected to grow 8% by 2024. As people get more involved in fitness they are hiring personal trainers to meet their particular needs and avoid paying year long gym memberships.
The problem is finding one often means an infuriating search online or if you’re lucky a recommendation from a friend. And even then you can never be guaranteed that the trainer will be available on the times that you need.
The Uber for fitness connects trainers with customers in their local area, where they can check for availability, find reviews and match their personal needs with specialist trainers.
4. Uber for Trucking
Local trucking companies are inefficient at moving freight and the inefficiency often comes down to empty containers and the complicated process involved in getting freight moved across the country.
A shipping company has to first contact freight brokers that will connect them with a carrier to ship containers. The freight brokers are simply middleman who charge a commission of up to 20%. The solution is an on-demand Uber like app for the trucking industry that allows shippers and truckers to cut out the middleman and connect directly, showing their availability, routes, prices and expertise.
5. Uber for Lawyers
Finding a lawyer can be a painful and costly venture. The paradox is that many lawyers are also looking for clients and a lot of them are in fact underemployed. Uber for lawyers is another on-demand mobile app idea for lawyers where clients can get direct help from legal professionals that are available, within their price range and experts in the legal matter. This could truly increase access to justice and affordability of legal services.
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6. Uber for Cooking
Fitness and food are the obsessions of the modern age. We’re all either at the gym or Instagramming our latest culinary delight. Like the gym, being a whizz in the kitchen takes time that most people simply don’t have.
To avoid the temptations of ordering fast food and eating out at expensive restaurants an Uber like app for cooking would connect a local cook with a hungry customer. Delivering homemade meals, saving time and money in the kitchen.
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7. Uber for Parking
As our cities become more and more congested, parking becomes more and more of a problem. One Uber like app is staring everyone in the face: Uber for parking. This mobile app would help you avoid all the stress of finding a parking space before reaching the hustle bustle of downtown. It could also reduce congestion and make cities smarter by organizing traffic flow and directing drivers where there are assured parking spaces.
So how about it? What do you think the next Uber for X could be? How about Uber for drones, Uber for nannies, or Uber for pets. The possibilities are endless with the on-demand sharing economy.