Uber for X

uber for x interconnectivityAny business that operates in an on-demand economy, via mobile app or website, in which services and products are delivered ‘on-demand’ is referred to as Uber for X.

The term Uber started via the ride hailing app of the same name. Due to their predominant success as the ride hailing app, the term Uber has become vernacular for requesting on-demand services or products, generally via mobile app.

Uber for X Meaning:

The Uber for X phenomenon is the basic idea of using an Uber-like mechanism or platform in order to connect consumers and sought after services. The same way Uber connects users with taxis, Uber for X refers to the general populace being connected with any service they desire, (so long as there is an Uber style app for it). The Uber for X model theoretically connects users with all Uber style services.

Though some outlets have said that the Uber industry won’t go anywhere, the online and app demand for Uber style apps is growing and continually reaching record highs. Product Hunt has a vibrant list of Uber for X products that is constantly updated.

Uber for X Code & Free Scripts:

The term Uber has become more than just a vernacular way of referring to a type of app or service. It is a style and platform for a code in which one creates their own Uber-style service using the unofficially titled ‘Uber for X code’. Here are a few websites which offer various Uber for X platforms, ranging from open source to purchased and Uber-ready platforms:

  • V3Cube: On demand style pre-built apps
  • Uber.Github: Open source Uber projects
  • Free Code Camp: Explanation of Uber for X schema and Uber app ecosystem
  • Dectar: Uber style clone service app for purchase

Reviews of Uber for X On Demand Apps:

Check out our in depth and unbiased reviews of the most in demand, er, on demand, Uber for X mobile apps available today:

The ‘Uber for X’ Model: Opportunities and Challenges

The sharing economy has become one of the most recent trends and buzzwords of the last few years. With the rapid growth of businesses such as Uber, Lyft, AirBnB and others, many startups are proposing the “Uber for X” model, where buyers and sellers come together using an app. There’s little doubt that this trend will grow in 2016 and beyond.

Uber for X: Unlimited Possibilities?

Once momentum started building for Uber and AirBnB, it was natural that other businesses mimicked the model. It does offer many advantages to both service providers (Uber drivers) and those who purchase their services (Uber riders). From the point of view of the business, there are also undeniable benefits.

Companies may need to invest substantial time and research into developing a sophisticated app, but they don’t need the kind of physical products/structures traditional businesses do.

The users provide everything: Uber doesn’t have to invest in cars and AirBnB doesn’t have to build hotels.

By some accounts, there will soon be an Uber for everything. There are already on-demand or share type apps for purchasing groceries, ordering food, getting spa services, dog walking and so forth. Many cities have also invested in bike sharing programs. The possibilities are endless. At the same time, this creates some challenges for businesses who are anxious to jump on this bandwagon.

Challenges for Sharing Economy Businesses

Some of the challenges that this type of business is likely to face include:

•        Profitability: This is a big one. Even as Uber grows, it has been suffering heavy losses. A business model that’s mainly based on an app can make it difficult to profit. In my own business, I’ve introduced apps that customers found helpful, but they didn’t necessarily help our bottom line. One of these was a game that, based on feedback, people enjoyed. However, we ultimately had to scrap it because it wasn’t producing revenue and it was too costly to keep updating it and ironing out all the bugs.

•        Competition: As this rapidly become a mainstream model, businesses will face increased competition.

•        Laws and Regulations: Many share economy companies are facing regulations and, in some cases, calls for banning their whole business model. In some cases, pressure comes from competing businesses (e.g. taxi companies trying to outlaw Uber). Since this is all new, it’s far from clear what laws and regulations will look like in the coming years.

Guidelines for Sharing Economy Businesses

If you want to become the next Uber, you must exercise caution and have a realistic attitude about what’s possible. If you have an existing business and are considering an app to “Uberize” all or part of it, make sure you do plenty of market research first. Find out how many of your customers would actually value this type of service. Take a close look at the competition and recognize that more competition is likely to arise in the near future.

As more and more Uber-for-X type businesses pop up, it’s inevitable that many will not survive. Just because sharing apps are convenient and efficient for some businesses doesn’t mean it works for all types. In addition to studying success stories, it’s essential to understand the conditions that cause Uber-for-X companies to fail.

You don’t necessarily need a brilliant new concept. I recently worked with a company that wanted to provide gourmet meals to people in several cities. Using the sharing model, the concept was to connect consumers with local restaurants and delis that best met their needs. While many restaurants already use apps, the app we developed made it easy for busy professionals to pinpoint and quickly order what they wanted. As with any business, this worked because we first identified a niche market and then found an efficient way to serve that market.

The Future of the Sharing Economy

It seems inevitable that the sharing economy will continue to grow despite facing some real challenges. And the growth is evident through our site, in which we get many interview requests from fledgling Uber-style startup companies. It’s simply too powerful and efficient to disappear. This has profound implications for the future of the economy. People have come to expect that they can quickly access just about any type of service by pressing a button on their smartphones. This doesn’t mean that this model will work for every business. In many cases, however, it’s the simplest way to connect consumers with service providers.