On-Demand Economy Spreading Beyond Uber To Lawn Mowing And More

By Michelle Pitcher
The Dallas Morning News.

DALLAS

Your feet are propped up on your coffee table as you do your grocery shopping on Instacart. Your phone pings, reminding you that your sesame chicken is on the way, courtesy of GrubHub.

You remember you have to swing by the hardware store later, but your check engine light is on again. You’ll request an Uber ride just in case.

The idea of outsourcing services has exploded the last several years as companies like Uber have caught on with consumers.

This segment of the economy isn’t limited to ride-sharing but also includes food delivery, transportation and travel services. All are making waves along the way.

Aassia Haq, founder of travel app Guidrr, said we are seeing an important intersection of trends: technological advancements, freedom for workers to make their own schedules and consumers’ desire for more convenience.

She said increased efficiency is a “logical business problem that we’ve been trying to solve for centuries, but the tools have improved dramatically.”

Any industry that would benefit from increased efficiency and decreased labor costs has something to gain from the sharing economy. Last year, over $1 billion was invested in food and grocery delivery services alone, according to TechCrunch.

In Dallas, one such company has sprung up, Robin, touted as “Uber for your lawn.” Founders Bart Lomont and Justin Crandall conceived of the idea in an attempt to bring the lawn care industry into the age of convenience and efficiency.

The service connects existing lawn care teams with customers who want to put their yardwork on autopilot. When customers submit a request online, the Robin team contacts an independent lawn team in the area and schedules it for the next available time.

You pay online, and next thing you know, your lawn has been mowed.

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