Are you stuck with generating product ideas?
You may even ask yourself, “Why should you think about a digital product when there’s nothing new under this sun?”
Partially you are right. But if software development is the way you earn your living, if creating new product ideas is what makes your business alive, and if you merely want to create something new and get some dollars, you still need to invent something.
To help you with this, we prepared a brief digest of 5 software ideas that might still attract people in 2021.
1. Automate a boring job
We enlist this point first, as a sort of boring job is present in every business domain.
For example, you need to run numerous reports on customer satisfaction based on their reviews, e-mails, social media comments, etc. Truly, the analytics based on real-life feedback is the most precious, yet collecting, tracking, and analyzing it is a hard job.
Similar solutions already exist (Chatmeter, Reputation Studio, Listen 350). And it’s your luck. This means you can reduplicate their pros while omitting the cons.
2. Create an app
The fact that there is an app for everything doesn’t mean there is a good app for everything. You can always make it better.
Do you know what customers ask software development companies like MLSDev most often? Always the same question: can you make an app like X (this may refer to Uber, Deliveroo, Instagram, Tinder, etc.) but better?
To have proof, check the latest application releases of 2020. Each of them copies an existing concept but removes naughty features or adds a beneficial one.
Look at the Vivaldi browser app. They center on user’s privacy allowing for a dark and private mode of search.
Another great example is Baazart. Their main feature is a straightforward background removal tool. It allows users to automatically delete and swipe backgrounds and even export and store a photo without background.
3. Develop a niche job searching platform
Here again, you have to narrow down an existing concept of a platform (Upwork, Guru, Freelancer) and create a niche-specific solution.
For example, you want to create a platform for developers specializing in Python. Of course, they can go to usual platforms, establishing proper filters, but this also means they can come across erroneous job descriptions or unclear requirements.
Moreover, this idea has very distinct monetization potential. A niche-specific platform will attract people who are already sure about the technology they want and are ready to pay for it.
Additionally, you will interact with three different personas: business owners posting jobs, recruiters searching for talent, and developers. You may create an attractive interface to cater to the needs of all three groups.
4. Deal finder
The majority of businesses launch campaigns, create special offers and do everything to attract customer attention.
Yet, we don’t use one online-shop for everything, and it’s hard to follow the buzz of hot deal notifications. Imagine software that sorts out irrelevant offers, compares prices, and sends you the digest of the best deals in one simple message.
Also, looking for hot deals are active buyers, so you definitely won’t have any shortage of audience.
5. Create an app that reads text for you
This task should be a hard one since there are a lot of text-to-speech APIs in free access.
Also, there exist a solid number of text-to-speech apps, yet you just have to check a few to make sure the quality of some is far from the expected. So, you can compare them to make the one that fills the gaps in the functionality and make the product that omits their flaws.
To enhance functionality, consider developing an app that works offline. You can view any other specific functionality. For example, KNFB Reader helps people with disabilities by converting the usual text to Braille.
Summing Everything Up
Although it seems other software makers took all the product ideas in 2020, it is still possible to create new software products people need.
Whether new software is in the domain of emerging technologies like speech recognition or it is a mere improvement for the existing services, with a bit of creativity, research and diligence, it is possible to create a stellar software product.