On-demand Services that Rock the Sharing Economy [Updated]

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Aik Arutunian

11 Jan 2017 - 3 min read

On-demand services and the shared economy, in general, are a gold rush and show no signs of abating. Apps like Uber connect you with a driver at the tap of a button, get stylists to your door, clean your home, and even deliver medical marijuana.

This global trend we’re in has a lot of names: on-demand economy, shared economy, circular economy, collaborative economy, gig economy, peer-to-Peer (P2P) economy, reputation economy, access economy, trust economy… But it all refers to a single concept: access is better than ownership.

Here’s a list of awesome on-demand services and apps like Uber that rock the sharing economy world:

Because we’re on-demand economy nerds, we’re constantly updating this list to show what’s what and who’s who in the shared world. Last update: January 2017.

Sprig, Munchery, SpoonRocket, Push for Pizza: Uber for food.
Foxtrot, Minibar: Uber for alcohol.
Hotel Tonight: Uber for last minute hotels.
YPlan: Uber for last minute events.
Nimbl: Uber for cash delivery.
Handybook, Exec (acquired by Handybook): Uber for home cleaning.
Vatler, ZIRX: Uber for valet-ing your car.

The on-demand era is all about access instead of ownership.

Plowz and Mowz: Uber for lawn mowing.
Postmates: Uber for courier services.
BloomThat, Proflowers, Floristnow: Uber for flowers.
SixDoors: Uber for flowers and gifts.
Greenly: Uber for premium marijuana delivery.
Icecream.io: Uber for ice cream.
Eaze, Canary, Meadow: Uber for marijuana delivery
Flywheel, MyTaxi, Hailo, Taxi Hawk: Uber for taxis.
Zeel, Unwind, Soothe: Uber for massages.
Tablelist, BottlesTonight: Uber for nightclubs (bottle service).
Instacart: Uber for grocery shopping.
FlyCleaners, Wash.io, Cleanly: Uber for laundry.
Boxed: Uber for bulked goods (Costco).
Medicast, Doctor On Demand, Ringadoc, dVisit: Uber for doctors (in-home).

Q.care: Uber for nurses (in-home).
Grindr, Mister: Uber for gay “dates.”
Pure: Uber for heterosexual “dates.”
BlownAway, Swan, StyleBee: Uber for beauty services (hair, makeup).
Shyp: Uber for shipping.
iCracked: Uber for iPhone repair.
Cambly: Uber for language tutoring.
Dashlocker: Uber for dry cleaning.
Preo, Coaster: Uber for drinks at bars.
Swifto, Fettch, Urban Leash: Uber for dog walking.
Tennis Buddy: Uber for finding tennis partners.
Road Angels: Uber for roadside assistance.
Trucker Path: Uber for truck drivers.
Fitmob: Uber for group fitness
YourMechanic: Uber for mechanics.
HouseCall: Uber for home services professionals.
LoungeBuddy: Uber for hotel lounges.

Uber-for-X on-demand services (website-only, or in beta, with no mobile app):

UrbanSitters (formerly Seven Sitters): Uber for babysitting.
LawTrades : Uber for lawyers
GladlyDo: Uber for chores.
Spyke: Uber for motorcycles.
StudyHall: Uber for tutors.
Handii: Uber for handyman.
GotIt!: Uber for homework.
Flinja: Uber for work.
Geekatoo: Uber for Tech Support.
Cohealo: Uber for medical devices.
Plow.me: Uber for snow plows.
RidePal: Uber for commuting.
Bandwagon, Corral: Uber for airport rides.

On-demand services and apps like Uber that didn’t make it:

Homejoy (shut down): Uber for home cleaning services.
Rewinery (shut down): Uber for wine delivery.
Cherry (shut down): Uber for car washes.
BlackJet (shut down temporarily): Uber for private jets.
Tutorspree (shut down): Uber for tutoring.
Washly: Uber for car washes.


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