These days, society is running non-stop. People are getting busier and busier by the day. Thankfully, technology is once again providing us with innovative tools to make our lives easier. We’re talking about on-demand service apps, which enable anyone with a smartphone to conjure up just about any service imaginable. Don’t have time to stop at the supermarket? No problem. Just have your groceries delivered. Need a ride? Your Uber driver will be right over. The list goes on and on.
So, just how much of an impact are these types of apps already having on our daily lives? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular services on the market today.
What is on-demand service?
In simplest of terms, on-demand service apps serve as a liaison between consumers and service providers. Rather than carrying out certain tasks themselves, app users pay a fee to have those tasks performed for them.
With this so-called “on-demand economy” growing at a rapid pace, particularly with Millennials and people who live in small cities or rural zones, it’s clear that these apps have been quite successful in addressing the needs of many in our society.
What on-demand services are being used today?
Prepared Food – Who has time to cook a meal these days? The on-demand economy has made ordering in easier than ever, and it’s not just for greasy fast food either (although there are plenty of apps for that.) Munchery, for instance, is a food delivery app that offers a variety of healthy menus and high-quality, fresh options guaranteed to be delivered to your home or office within one hour.
Grocery Delivery – For those who prefer to prepare their own meals, but simply can’t find the time to hit the grocery store, there are plenty of on-demand service apps that can deliver all the ingredients you need right to your home. For example, Instacart lets you order from your favorite supermarket or convenience store and have same-day delivery of your groceries, often in less than an hour.
Healthcare – One surprising area where on-demand service apps are making a significant impact on our lives is in the way of healthcare. Feeling sick? No need to trek yourself all the way to the doctor’s office or clinic. With a house call app like Heal, you can have a qualified physician come right to you. If you aren’t located in Heal’s current service area, Doctor On Demand enables 24/7 live virtual consultations with board-certified doctors and therapists right from your mobile device.
Fitness – Losing weight and getting healthier can be quite the challenge. Many of us need extra motivation, but hiring a personal trainer is expensive and time-consuming. Thanks to apps like Aaptiv and TroupeFit, you can turn your mobile device into an on-demand fitness studio. Best of all, you won’t be tied down to rigid gym schedules. Just click and workout.
Beauty – Need your hair styled? Nails done? Makeup applied? What about a massage? No need to wait days or months for an appointment with a great stylist or masseuse. In fact, there’s no need to even leave the comfort of your own home. Apps like BeautyLynk and The Glam App will bring a variety of beauty services right to your door while Soothe will send the services of a licensed massage therapist right to your home.
As you can see, on-demand services are revolutionizing the way we live, work and care for ourselves. What does the future hold for this booming tech sector? We’ll likely see a combination of new markets as well as new spins on old ideas. One thing’s for certain, with U.S. consumer’s dishing out $57.6 billion per year on on-demand service, these apps won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
What about you? Do you use on-demand services? Which apps do you recommend? Let’s discuss in the comments section below!