03 Apr 2020

    5 ideas on mobile app development for your small business


    Modern app development might surprise you with a diverse variety offered on the market. No matter what industry you work in, there is probably an option that will allow you to go online, increase income, and broaden your target audience. Let’s take a look at the list we have prepared.


    1. Educational apps


    Education is vitally important for different age groups all over the world; hence, the global eLearning (online education) market is growing rapidly. In particular, the market size is expected to reach $157.7 billion by 2025.

    Naturally, eLearning is a huge industry, so here are several app development ideas for you.


    Language learning


    There are lots of language learning applications that now exist on the market, and many of them prosper thanks to their unique features. Unlike the most popular apps, your company already has loyal clients and a well-developed offline foundation.


    Your mobile app can be a vivid cocktail of best learning practices, charismatic teachers, and a strong knowledge base – you already used it every day at your language school before the lockdown, and your students are a strong fan base of the mobile alternative you will soon be ready to offer.


    Examples: DuolingoRosetta StoneMemriseLingvist.




    Remote tuition

    Currently, children cannot attend school at their physical locations, and adults are likewise unable to attend their classes of different kinds. But despite the lockdown, knowledge still has enormous value. The idea of online tutoring is to provide teachers with a platform to continue their lessons.


    Examples: VIPKIDTuTreeCheggHashLearn.


    Educational apps for schools


    There is so much space for your ideas in this area. There are many subjects and topics at school that can be transformed on the digital level. Education is changing, and modern solutions are used both in the classroom and at home.


    The secret ingredient of such apps is gamification methods applied in mobile apps widely differ from a standard educational system, but the essential concept is to maintain engagement.


    Apart from the lesson itself, online tools are easing up the whole learning process. The feedback systems and messaging features allow for better communication between teachers and students. School diaries keep everything in order: lesson schedules, grades, homework, etc.


    And finally, nothing would help better than live streaming video lessons with an opportunity to communicate effectively, ask questions, and get answers (by both educators and learners).


    Examples: ABCmouseTappity,  Ready4 SATPhotomath.


    Special education


    In other words, these are solutions for disabled people. This niche of app development is not that crowded yet, which means you can easily find your place and build up a socially responsible business.


    This is how these apps can help: encourage students to speak more often, express their emotions, help identify words and models for students with decoding problems, or improve reading for the students with splinter skills.


    Examples: Rufus RobotMontessori NumbersOtsimoProloquo2Go.


    2. Fitness apps


    Is there finally enough time to get into shape? You are locked at home. No more going to the movies or relaxing in one of your favorite cafes. Many initially turn to watching movies or starting a new series, or perhaps a new hobby. One can only do such activities for so long before the urge to get some exercise kicks in. Why not turn your home into your own personal fitness center – just you and your yoga mat or dumbbells, or just gym clothes. Let’s see what you can do with that as a business owner.




    Workout video lessons


    Even if you are already in perfect shape, using a workout fitness app is a simple option to keep up with your routine. The two most important traits of workout apps are to be motivating and easy to use.


    The best way to motivate people is to organize live streaming workouts. Your regular customers might be bored at home with no physical training – this is the audience that will be ready to join your platform as soon as you launch it. Create a new schedule and organize group and individual classes – this is a great online solution on how to handle a business crisis.


    Check out the Fitplan app and its key features. The main idea is to provide workouts with elite personal trainers – what workouts do you want to offer?


    Social media for fitness


    Live streaming is not the only way to increase motivation. You may have heard that if you tell someone about your intention, it becomes harder to give up on it. With social fitness apps, you can share your progress with anyone you want, be it your friends or your family.


    The inKin app allows people to connect, and create teams and contests, the app then generates reports and statistics about the team’s progress, and you can share your progress in challenges of different kinds.


    Another option for runners and cyclists is Strava. People sign up and start competing with other users for the highest pace or a distance record.


    3. Cooking apps


    There is a very small number of people who do not cook at all. For some of us, it is just a part of the daily routine, for others – it is a favorite hobby. In any case, cooking takes some time and effort, so mobile apps are great helpers in this regard.


    Interactions – that is what people are looking for during the quarantine, even when they cook. If you had previously held offline-based cooking classes, your audience will be glad to meet you online because communication matters now more than ever.




    You can create an app that allows you to provide cooking classes. We recommend integrating social media features to boost engagement levels. Online streaming classes are the best way to combine cooking and communication, exchange cooking tips, ask questions, and share the final results.


    Such apps as Cookpad allow users to create their own recipe collections and share them with others. Saving photos, bookmarking, news feeds – these features make cooking a truly uniting process.


    4. Food delivery apps


    How can restaurants survive during COVID-19? Now more than ever is the time to stay connected with customers by offering your menu via mobile app. It is a nice alternative to grocery shopping – it is faster and safer.


    Did you know that the number of food delivery app users is growing every year? According to eMarketer, there were 31.4 million people in the US in 2018. By 2023, they expect this number to grow up to 59.5 million users.


    Starting such an app now is a great investment for the future as this tendency will not change any time soon.


    Depending on the business you are running now, there are two different types of apps:


    • Aggregators connect shops/restaurants with customers. The given period of time offers a good reason to check out aggregator apps in your location if you do not run a restaurant or a grocery store, but have enough resources to organize deliveries.

    Examples: DoorDashUber EatsPostmates.


    • Full-circle food delivery apps stock or cook food, then deliver it to the buyers.

    Examples: StarbucksTaco BellRhino Coffee.




    5. Telemedicine apps


    Telemedicine (healthcare online) has always been on point, but now it is more than a trend – it is a vital necessity for countries to keep their population safe. Considering the lockdown situation, mHealth (mobile apps for healthcare) is among the highest booming ideas for app development.


    These medical procedures can be conducted online:

    • virtual visits and remote consultations when there is no need for hospitalization,
    • receiving feedback on various types of tests,
    • prescription updates according to the patient’s current condition, and
    • follow-up visits for when the treatment has been provided offline.

    Examples: LiveHealthExpress Care VirtualDoctor on DemandAmwell.


    Bonus: more ideas you should not overlook

    Coronavirus planning for business may include app and online store ideas that are not so obvious. What else can it be?

    • furniture delivery so that people could set up a workspace at home,
    • fitness tools to organize a workout routine,
    • cooking and WFH tech tools, and
    • toys and board games used by several age groups.

    Not every business can go online in the blink of an eye, but it is worth a try. Think carefully about your product and its online perspective.



    Adopted from: https://easternpeak.com/

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