With people busier and tech-savvier than ever before, the on-demand economy is booming. What started out as on-demand service for niche categories like cabs and food has now mushroomed into virtually every category. There is hardly anything that you can’t get on your doorsteps in a matter of few taps. From groceries and babysitters to laundry cleaners and escorts, nothing is off limits. One of the few ideas that are still largely unexplored (except for a few localized services) is tutoring app like Uber.
But before we get into the specifics of the app itself, let’s first try and see its feasibility
On-demand services operate best at scale. The larger the market, the more efficient they can get and thus even smaller cuts would make the entire venture profitable. The tutoring business, as you would expect is immensely large with every student being a potential customer.
Honestly, not every service is suited for the on-demand model. There has to be a certain degree of mobility in both consumers and demand. That is, the lifecycle of services has to be in short to medium term to sustain the demand in the long run. You might need to book a cab within few hours, order laundry cleaning within few days, need lawn mowing within few weeks, and switch to different tutors within few months- thus keeping the wheel of demand-supply in motion.
Now that we are confirmed Uber for tutoring is an absolutely viable idea, let’s take a look at all that your app would need to deliver:
In an on-demand service, there are three parties involved- the customer, the service provider, and the admin. Separate dashboards for all these three elements would form the basic structure of your app. The student dashboard would include details of their tutors, upcoming classes, etc. while the tutor’s dashboard would display their active and upcoming appointments, total earnings, among other details. The admin dashboard would act as the central hub to manage all in-app operations.
When we talk about building Uber for tutors, it doesn’t only mean tutors have to be delivered to students but has a larger context of bringing both on a common platform. The tutors might wish to arrange grouped classes at their place or even take online classes. The app needs to accommodate provisions for this multi-channel approach. Be it showing nearby classes to students on a map or including video conferencing features, the focus should be to build an end-to-end platform.
More than a broadcast, teaching is a dialogue. Be it a quick inquiry or a detailed discussion, the students must be able to communicate with their tutors after subscription. It can be something as basic as a comment section or something more comprehensive like a multimedia-enabled chat section.
While online payment is a matter of convenience for most on-demand apps, it is absolutely critical for on-demand tutor finder apps. Since the service lifecycle is relatively long, the two parties might choose to establish an off-the-platform arrangement- posing a direct loss to your business prospects. To eliminate such prospects, you can include mandatory in-app payments.
People aren’t going to stop studying anytime soon and as the student: teacher ratio deteriorates at public schools, they would increasingly seek attention from personal tutors. So as big the opportunity currently is, it would only get bigger in coming years. If you wish you wish to reap the early movers’ advantage, consult mobile app development firms now to turn your ideas into a marketable product.