Though the amateur-taxi service Uber is constantly forced into headlines about it's workers, wages, and services, new companies haven't stopped striving to be “the Uber of” whatever it is they do.
For the most part, nothing has ever come close to seeing the success or volume of use that Uber has, but there have been some pretty good tries.
These are five of the best companies doing the “Uber of X” strategy:
5. Washio: The Uber of Laundry
Washio offers to work with local retailers in order to make sure that you're laundry is done in 24 hours. Delivery is free on orders over $35 and tips are not thought of as necessary. The service is currently available in limited areas, but looks to be the best of those looking to break out in on-demand laundry services.
4. ArticleBunny: The Uber of Content Writing
Websites for finding freelancers have been around for a long time, so ArticleBunny had to find a way to improve upon how things have already been done. Instead of simply hiring a writer based on a resume, ArticleBunny allows hirers a chance to view writing samples and even have writers “audition” for the job. Writers get paid a reasonable amount, even if they lose the “audition”, and hirers get quality content, making this service a win-win.
3. GreenPal: The Uber of Lawn Care
Sometimes there just isn't enough time to get outside and mown the lawn. GreenPal allows you to receive “bids” from local companies interested in doing it for you. All the user has to do is input some information about their lawn, when they'd like it cut, and how flexible they are about that date. Once they have a bid they want to go with, they set it up through GreenPal and go home to a freshly cut lawn.
2. iCracked: The Uber of iPhone Repair
iPhone users have been praying for a service like this for a while. You drop your phone, the screen shatters, and you just don't have the time or money to have it fixed at the Apple Store. With iCracked, users set a time and a place to meet a technician, then have a good-as-new phone in as little as 25 minutes. This is all at a reduced cost too, iCracked charges around $75 compared to the Apple Store's $129 to fix a broken screen on the new iPhone 6.
1. Magic: The Uber of Everything
Magic is a unique service by way of being incredibly unoriginal. Magic is a text service that will find a way to get you want you want, even if it means using another “Uber of” service. All users have to do is text Magic what they want, and as soon as a Magic employee can give them a price and time estimate, they receive a text back. Magic doesn't really offer anything itself, but it has taken convenience to a whole different, though sometimes expensive, level.