Find the Perfect Side Hustle From Your Phone [Steady App Review]

 

Shaq and the Steady App

When I see my man Shaq getting behind a new venture I have to check it out. I spent some time looking into the first app built for side hustlers, Steady. Today I’m back to share what I found. If you are looking to make extra money but are unsure where to start or what your options are, Steady may be a great place to get started.

The Steady App brings available side hustles right to your phone. Their free app lists all kinds of gigs (some paying more than $25/hr) that you can search and filter down to find the right side hustle for you. You can use search filters such as part-time, from home, and anytime work.

How Steady Works

Steady is a free app available on all major platforms. It provides you with ways to make extra money through a list of well-curated side hustles.

The app allows you to search for gigs by work from home, work anytime, part-time, and full-time. It lists both side hustles and traditional jobs. Simply sign up, enter your zip code, and scroll through available side hustles.

The Steady App Sign up Process

The sign-up process is the same on both the website and app. Simply enter your personal information and agree to the necessary permissions.

  • Input your name, phone number, and email address
  • You can sign up using your Facebook account as well
  • Enable SMS notifications (Optional)
  • Create a unique password

Once all the information is verified, you’re good to go. You’ll need to take a short survey that will help the app match you to available opportunities.

Questions include:

  • What kind of work are you looking for?
  • What’s most important in the opportunities you are looking for? (With answers such as flexible schedule, high pay, and location.)
  • What do you want to do with the extra cash you earn from Steady? (With answers such as pay bills, save for retirement, and pay down debt.)
  • Where do you want to work? (With answers such as from home, outdoors, and in an office.)
  • What is your highest level of education?
  • What does your work situation look like right now?

There is also a series of questions that will guide Steady to best assist you with products and information. Any and all questions can be skipped if you don’t want to answer them. Not all questions are geared towards helping you find a job–some are for marketing purposes.

Browsing for Gigs on Steady

Browsing for gigs on Steady is location-based, so you’ll receive a prompt to input your current location. You have four choices of type of work–work from home, anytime work, part-time, and full-time.

Work from Home

This sub-category shows a list of jobs that vary from traditional jobs like tutoring to others like Airbnb hosting.

For me, most of the work from home jobs were “uber driver” type side hustles. For example, Rover, Airbnb, Care.com, etc. Side hustles where you sign up on the company’s platform and get connected with customers.

These are totally legitimate side hustles and we review several of these companies here on Part-Time Money, but they aren’t the type of opportunities I was hoping to see on Steady. I was hoping for companies that were looking to hire, perhaps even jobs that pay a salary and W-2 income.

But if you are new to this type of side hustle it’s still worth checking out. There was a comprehensive list of opportunities, some of which I hadn’t heard of myself, such as Swimply. This is an app that connects pool owners to people who want to come over and swim.

There is certainly money to be made here if you are looking for this type of side hustle.

Anytime Work

This category isn’t restricted to only work from home jobs. Again, it was mostly ride-share or delivery type side hustles, like DoorDash and Postmates.

One opportunity that caught my eye was a service called “Lawn Love.” It connects lawn care professionals with customers in their area. So if mowing lawns is something you are interested in this could be a way to help you build your book of customers.

This is different than say, driving for Uber, since you are building your own business that doesn’t rely on using the app for every dollar made.

You could use the app to get a few starter customers and then build from there. When you drive for Uber you must use the Uber app to make any money. You aren’t building a book of business built on your reputation and hard work.

Both types of side hustles have their pros and cons, but I like that Steady has options for both.

Related: Earn Money on the Side as a Delivery Driver with Postmates

Part-Time and Full-Time Work

This category provides the most extensive list of gigs and leads on the Steady app.

You will still find the rideshare and rent your stuff type side hustles but there were also traditional part-time and full-time jobs listed as well. There were lots of local companies looking to fill positions that were traditional jobs with W-2 income.

This is more what I was expecting to see on Steady and I’m glad I found it.

The options are also diverse as you can find a gig in auto-repair, retail, the creative industry, hospitality, and many more.

Here are a few jobs I found near my area:

Recently Added Work

Finally, we have a category for seasoned, Steady App users. If you’ve been using this app before, you will want to select this filter so you can see only new opportunities.

It’s nice to have such functionality so you don’t spend your time looking through the jobs you’ve seen previously.

Applying for Gigs

Once you find a suitable gig, you follow the link provided on the app to apply or register for the gig. This process will take you to a third-party site where the gig originated.

At this point, you can stop using the app, as all communication will now come from the third party site–however, the features on Steady that can help you optimize your life and spending.

Related: Make Money Delivering Food with Doordash

Track Your Earnings

Steady also helps you manage the income from the gigs you found on Steady.

You can see what gigs are earning you the most money and see all your earnings in one place. This is great when you are too busy to keep track of this yourself. And it’s definitely something you should keep track of, especially if you are earning money from several sources.

You’ll want to make sure you are spending your time where you are earning the most.

Get started with Steady here.

A Brief History of Steady

Steady started back in 2017 when one of the app founders, Adam Roseman, had a specific need that the job market couldn’t fill. Adam’s aging Dad was struggling to make ends meet in retirement. He was in desperate need of a part-time job.

So, Adam helped him find a part-time job that matched his skill set, availability, and goals. This experience made Adam realize that his Dad’s situation is common across the United States and the world. Indeed, finding and vetting potential work opportunities can be a taxing endeavor.

Thus, Steady App was born through the merger of technology and a pressing yet ignored need.

By 2018 (the app’s full year of use), there had been over 100,000 installs. The team had also managed to raise $9 million in series A funding and also attracted NBA legend Shaquille O’Neil as an advocate.

As they say in the app business, “the rest is the future.”

How Does Steady Make Money?

Since Steady is free to download and use, you may wonder how they make their money.

Steady earns money the same way we do here: through lead generation and affiliate marketing.

In other words, Steady may be paid a commission from the companies if you work with them. They also market financial products to you and likely make a commission if you sign up for these products or services.

Who is Steady Best For?

The Steady App is made with everyone interested in part-time work. However, certain groups are better suited to the nature of gigs available on the platform.

Side Hustlers

If you are looking for opportunities that allow you to make money on your own time schedule through apps that connect you with customers, then you’ll find plenty of options on Steady. As of right now, this seems to be their main type of gig.

They have a comprehensive list of these types of companies. So if you are looking for something outside of rideshare or restaurant delivery you may find something that meets your needs.

Freelancers/Independent Contractors

There are also plenty of gigs that allow you to take your specific skill set and use it to earn more money on the side. For example, there are tutoring apps that are looking for tutors, or handymen, or even nurses. Check out Steady to see what’s available.

Full-Time and Part-Time Job Seekers

I was glad to see that there are traditional jobs listed on the site and not just side hustle type gigs.

The Steady App is host to many gigs in the service industry. You can settle into fields like personal assistance, sales, tech support, cleaning, driving, and many more. Positions also range from entry to managerial roles.

However, you shouldn’t get your hopes too high if you were looking for something permanent, salaried, or in an advanced field like engineering. The gigs are more geared towards jobs that anyone could do with a good attitude and some training.

Steady App Earning Potential

The pay for most gigs averages between 10 and 15 dollars. However, there some that can even go beyond 25 dollars per hour. You can maximize your potential by filtering out micro-tasks if you can commit to a longer work schedule.

Just like with any other endeavor, you need to factor in the opportunity cost while vetting tasks. It all boils down to your determination and the time you can put aside.

Start earning money with the Steady App here.

Steady App Pros

  • Excellent design makes it intuitive to use
  • You get the chance to apply for gigs as soon as you sign up
  • Totally free
  • Provides legit gigs
  • Wide varieties of gigs are available in the palm of your hand
  • Additional features like the income tracker

Steady App Cons

  • Not as many traditional jobs as I was hoping to see
  • The filter is inadequate for diverse needs
  • Your earning potential isn’t listed for every gig

Conclusion

A cursory Google search of the term “Steady App alternatives” will yield a list of related apps. Such apps include Uber, Postmates, and TaskRabbit.

Steady is more of an aggregator of these types of apps. All of these opportunities are also on Steady. But Steady also adds in traditional local jobs which is nice to see.

I hope the Steady team focuses on getting more local part-time opportunities on their site. Especially in the “work from home” and “work anytime” categories.

Overall, I think it’s worth checking out. If you are looking for a way to make extra money you may find a side hustle that fits your schedule.

Have you ever used Steady? What did you think?

About Philip Taylor, CPA

Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a CPA, blogger, podcaster, husband, and father of three. PT is also the founder and CEO of the personal finance industry conference and trade show, FinCon.

He created Part-Time Money® back in 2007 to share his advice on money, hold himself accountable (while paying off over $75k in debt), and to meet others passionate about moving toward financial independence.

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