Introduction to Building On Demand Applications
The age of technology is well and truly upon us. Today, people can hardly imagine a life without their trusty smartphones and the mini wizard wands called mobile apps within these smartphones.
Technological giants have spent a lot of money and resources to practically create mobile-based solutions for all of mankind’s requirements whether it is related to one’s health (health and fitness apps like the Pedometer, Heart Rate Calculator and so on and so forth) or even to one’s business (email apps, report generation apps, presentation apps and many more).
However, another very important and booming sector in today’s times is the On-Demand Apps. On-demand apps are essentially product and services based apps which enable the app user to procure (purchase or hire) products or service providers (respectively, NOT vice versa), instantly with the help of their smartphones by comparing and analyzing all the available options using a digital platform.
On-demand apps gained a lot of momentum in the last few years because people have started depending on them heavily for their day to day needs such as buying food from popular restaurants and groceries for their daily needs or hiring service providers for needs that may be important but not very regular, for instance, on-demand plumber, on-demand electrician, on-demand doctor, etc.
Considering the profitability of such apps and the immense popularity these apps could garner within a very short duration, more and more on-demand app developers starting hitting their gas pedals all the way up to a nitrogen boost to be able to create multiple apps and to make a profit from them.
However, if you thought it was easy, well, think again. Mobile app development may be quite popular but comes with its own bouquet of challenges and thorns.
Let us try to identify the top 5 challenges that any on-demand mobile app Development Company faces while building their own on-demand application.
Challenge Number 1: Sheer Complexity
On-demand apps, unlike other utility or entertainment apps, don’t operate as an individual product. It is by nature extremely complex since it involves too many parties. Such apps have the following components:
- User App in Android
- User App in iOS
- Service Provider app in Android
- Service Provider app in iOS
- Store (restaurant) app in Android
- Store (restaurant) app in iOS
- Website Front End (for online booking and for company information display)
- Admin Panel (for app owner’s app management requirement)
Since there are so many parts to an on-demand application, it is innately very complex. Building the whole thing may be practically impossible for an individual.
This is why; most interested entrepreneurs prefer to purchase these on-demand apps from a reputed and reliable white label on-demand mobile app Development Company.
Challenge number 2: Evolving Market Behavior
The market place that we experience today evolves every single day. Customer behavior fluctuates, people’s idea of what is good and bad continues to change and the necessities (or expectations) from an app changes too. This is why it might become very difficult for an app developer to stay in sync with all market demands.
This is perhaps another reason why most successful white label on-demand mobile app development companies have chosen to hire a research and business analysis wing within their organization.
Challenge number 3: Clearly identify the target audience
This is a very serious challenge that modern-day developers face. There are mostly 2 ways in which business can be done-
- Business to Business
- Business to Customer
Before you start off with your own app development it is important to understand which one is the most profitable one for you.
To overcome this challenge of getting too caught up in a busy mix, smart developers are outsourcing their requirements to white label app development companies.
This ensures that they can continue to make a profit on their sales without ever letting their customers know who has actually built the app.
Challenge number 3: Financial Preparedness
Some may think that all it takes to build apps is a laptop and a mouse. Well, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Building an app is a time and budget intensive affair.
Especially when it comes to creating your own on demand apps, one can expect it to take at least 16 to 24 months to be fully ready and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Technology isn’t cheap. You need to pay for the technology stack and sometimes, if you aren’t prepared for it, you will end up spending a lot of money and being very very unhappy in the end.
Challenge number 4: Beta Testing
No one can be prepared for all the scenarios which occur in real-time while using an app in practicality. It is therefore difficult to have actual definitive and conclusive beta testing of the application.
Regardless of how well you think you’ve built your app, you will only be able to make it 100% practical once it is launched in the market and people give feedback.
Perhaps, this could be the reason why people prefer to buy cloned apps rather than building their own from scratch.
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Challenge number 5: Marketing the App
Building an app and forgetting about it is seldom the strategy for success. To be absolutely sure that the app is successful, developers must also market it properly. This might seem a little challenging unless they’ve hired a professional team to take care of it for them.
While the prospect of building an on-demand mobile application seems very interesting and profitable, it might not always be very easy. There are a number of hurdles that one has to overcome.
This is why; most people in today’s time prefer to simply buy a ready-made on-demand mobile application from a reliable white label on-demand mobile app Development Company. If you too are considering something of that sort, make sure that you have done your research well.
Anurag Rathod is an Editor of Appclonescript.com, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on demand business ideas.
He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.