On-site, on-demand business model
If you run a laundry/dry cleaning service company and have trained staff working for you, then it is viable. Building a website and an on-demand laundry app will help you grow your business and offer a great customer experience in this situation. Your customers will be able to schedule a laundry pick-up, get notifications when the laundry is finished, get clothes delivered at a specific time, and pay for services conveniently by adding specific tech solutions.
This model is used by WashClub, a laundry company in Brooklyn, New York. The company made the decision to use an app that provides laundry pickup and delivery services to grow its business outside of its immediate neighborhood.
In-store, on-demand model
Businesspeople who don’t want to hire staff to pick up clothes will benefit from this model. Instead, customers return their clothing to designated lockers scattered throughout the city. By using such a model, your customers can add information about each item, such as whether it needs special handling, add delivery times, view the prices, and make payments through the app.
This model is used by Tide Cleaners, a laundry company. Users drop off their clothes at the lockers and then use the app to select the services they need. The app also sends notifications to users when their clothes are ready for pickup.
Marketplace (aggregation model)
Marketplace (aggregation model). This model works best for new businesses without their own equipment. In this model, an app essentially functions as a marketplace, with all services being provided by participating laundry providers, but transactions being handled by the marketplace operator.
Every transaction the platform processes generates revenue for the entrepreneurs. They will additionally have access to user profiles. After using the service, customers can rate it, choose a laundry store based on reviews from other users, and conduct simple transactions on the platform.
For example, we can take the company Laundrapp, which uses this model. The business collaborates with service providers and offers a range of prices based on the provider and the location.
Up to now, we have seen the market overview of the laundry business, the concept of laundry apps and their business models. Now, if you are an aspiring entrepreneur or want to start your own laundry app business, first you have to know about the cost of developing a laundry app.
Cost to develop a laundry app
The price of an app can be calculated by adding up the hours spent on each stage of the app development process, which consists of several stages.
Platform selection, design guidelines, and the infrastructure of the admin panel and backend are used to describe these stages. Let’s now examine how many hours were spent on each stage:
- It takes between 140 and 210 hours for iOS and Android app design
- Less than 800 hours for iOS development
- Up to 750 hours for Android development
- Up to 200 hours for backend infrastructure development
- Up to 60 hours for admin panel building
We estimated the number of hours. We now need to take the physical location of the developers into account in order to calculate the overall cost of developing a laundry app. It’s because the hourly wages of developers vary depending on where they live.
How much does it cost to build a laundry app?
Here is the average rate for building laundry apps in various countries.
- US-based developers charge between $100 to $250 per hour
- Developers in Eastern Europe charge between $50 and $150 per hour
- Indian developers charges between $15 and $80 per hour
We calculated the average cost of developing a laundry app for a single platform to be between $12,000 and $30,000. We did this by multiplying the total number of development hours by the developer’s hourly rate.
Many would take a step back from making their own app after seeing the time taken and cost of developing a laundry app. But don’t do it. There is an alternative way to develop your laundry app. Do you want to know how? Then, continue reading the next section of on-demand laundry app development, from that you will get an idea.
On-demand Laundry App Development