How much does an on-demand mobile app cost?

Imagine that you came home after an exhausting day in the office. The only thing you are dreaming about now is a slice of pizza with double cheese. At the same time, you are too tired to cook it. In this case, many of us will order pizza via UberEats or another on-demand food delivery app. 

Thanks to on-demand mobile services, we can use mobile apps to hail a taxi, receive a consultation with a doctor, and even order medical marijuana delivery. The reason why on-demand service mobile apps are top-rated among users is that they save time and effort. Due to its flexibility, an on-demand business model suits any industry, from cargo transportation to dog walking. 

If you are considering developing an on-demand mobile app for your organization, you need to be aware of on-demand industry leaders, essential app features, and the development costs listed in this on-demand app development guide. 

But first, let’s put the record straight and find out what an on-demand mobile app is. 

What Is An On-Demand Service App?

Such mobile applications perform as a mediator to connect buyers and sellers. This means that, when a customer needs a particular service, one can find a necessary service provider, order service via the app, and even pay for it. Then, on-demand mobile apps charge a small fee on each order made via the app. 

How does an on-demand service app work? 

To explain how on-demand mobile applications work here's an example of QuePro, an on-demand service app we recently developed.

 

  • A service provider lists skills and expertise via a Vendor account 
  • A buyer places a request with a detailed description of the service one is seeking 
  • A service provider answers the buyer’s request, which allows both parties to start communication via built-in messenger 
  • A buyer pays for the on-demand app services via a build-in payment gateway 
  • Also, a buyer can place a review and rate the service provider

Types of on-demand service apps

On-demand service mobile apps differ by the categories of sellers and buyers. Currently, there are three main types of on-demand app end-users:

  • Business to customer (B2C)

In this category, enterprises provide services to individuals. There are many examples of B2C on-demand mobile apps, including UberEats, Booking.com, and Netflix. 

  • Business to business (B2B)

Organizations connect with other organizations to seek profit. Such applications include transportation services, hiring, banking, etc. Good examples of B2B on-demand service apps are Catalant, Eventio, and Cargomatic. 

  • Customer to customer (C2C)

C2C on-demand mobile apps gather individuals who provide services to other individuals. Thanks to C2C mobile marketplaces, you can book someone to walk your dog via Rover, or rent a flat via Airbnb. 

The most successful categories of on-demand service apps

Consider the following categories for your on-demand service startup:

Taxi-hailing

After Uber’s success, more and more tech startups want to enter the taxi booking app market and become successful. Despite the presence of big players, the market of on-demand taxi-hailing applications remains a good prospect for even young startups. To learn more about taxi-booking app development, read our previous article

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Logistic 

This type of on-demand app provides businesses with an opportunity to find reliable transportation service providers. Since most logistics mobile apps include integrated GPS, organizations can track the location of their orders or commodity supply. 

GPS route planning app

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Food delivery 

Recent research shows that the on-demand food delivery market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 27.9% and reach $16,605 million by 2023. Examples such as UberEats, GrubHub, and Postmates show that on-demand food delivery will remain popular among customers. You can find out more about food delivery app development and monetization strategies in one of our articles

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Dog walking 

Also known as Uber for dogs, dog walking apps allow pet lovers to schedule a walk for their pets. The average price of a dog walking service starts from $15, while mobile apps charge a 5% fee per walk. The main industry leaders, Rover and Wag apps, generated $30 million annual revenue in total. When developing a dog-walking app, consider our tips from the article Dog Walking App Development Guide

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Medical cannabis delivery 

While many countries have decriminalized marijuana for medical and recreation use, an on-demand medical cannabis delivery app might be an excellent idea for your tech startup. However, to provide such services, you need to learn about your government regulations toward marijuana transportation and get the necessary licenses, unless you intend to break the law. In this blog post, we describe steps to starting a legal medical marijuana delivery business, and development stages. 

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Telemedicine 

When looking for ideas for your on-demand service mobile app, don’t forget about the telemedicine industry. Telemedicine mobile applications, also known as doctor-on-demand, connect medical professionals with people who are seeking medical consultation. App users can find a necessary specialist, schedule an appointment, and receive a consultation via video call in the comfort of their homes. However, to make your app legit, you need to follow HIPAA and GDPR guidance concerning sensitive personal data. 

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How to build an on-demand service mobile app: essential features 

From a developers point of view, on-demand service apps work as a marketplace with numerous buyers and sellers. Thus, your app will consist of three parts:

  • An app for buyers, where consumers search for the service they need, see reviews, pricing and track orders
  • An app for service providers, where the companies list their services and communicate with clients
  • An admin panel that allows you to group the services and providers, manage feed, track payments, allow user access, etc.

Before hiring on-demand app developers, learn about the main features of your project. 

Feature 

Description 

Estimation in hours

User registration and profile

This feature is essential for your personalized on-point service. Not only will it continuously provide you with behavioral info from the user, but it will also help you to keep track of their activities.

Design - 10 h 

BackEnd - 24 h Android/iOS - 40 h

Map integration

For on-demand service, the location of its customers is another cornerstone. It’ll work for both the customer searching for service and service providers.

Design - 4 h 

BackEnd - 16 h Android/iOS - 8 h

Filters and lists

Being able to find the necessary service via catalog is a must. For better searching, add different filters. 

Design - 12 h 

BackEnd - 16 h Android/iOS - 40 h

Vendor profile and service page

Here is shown the detailed description of a chosen company, its services, customer reviews, and photos.

Design - 16 h 

BackEnd - 16 h Android/iOS - 32 h

Shopping cart and payment gateway

Allow app users to add a service to the shopping cart and pay for it via a built-in payment gateway.  

Design - 8 h 

BackEnd - 16 h Android/iOS - 24 h

Push Notifications

Inform users about order status, new messages, and other essential updates. 

Design - 2 h 

BackEnd - 40 h Android/iOS - 32 h

On-demand app development cost

On-demand mobile apps are complex projects with different user roles. This factor impacts the cost of app development. According to our previous estimations of on-demand service apps, it might take from 8 months of development and cost from $70K per mobile platform. To receive a detailed estimate, use our project cost calculator

Conclusion

People will always need to get things done, and with the current rhythm of life, on-demand services may eventually become, if not already,  a complete on-demand economy. 

So, is it worth even trying to create an on-demand app? Definitely. To achieve this, choose one of the most prospective niches from this article, consider the app’s essential features and fill in our contact form

 
Daria Dubrova

Content Marketing Manager