“Find work. Earn money,” the Steady app promises.
Steady is the first tool I’ve seen that attempts to bring all the “gig economy” and flexible work opportunities under one roof.
Yes, that same gig economy that 36% of the US workforce is already a part of. In some ways, we’re becoming a nation of side hustlers and freelancers, and the free Steady app is a gateway to hundreds of potential ways to earn extra money.
While the app certainly capitalizes on this growing freelance and flexible work shift, it does so with a mission to really help and empower gig workers.
If you’re looking for a job that fits your busy schedule, maybe something you can do from home, or just want to see the incredible array of available gigs, I think Steady is worth a look.
Fun fact: Steady users earn an average of $4000 more per year after they join.
The mission of Steady is to help people find jobs, increase their income, and plan for financially stable future. The app’s slogan is “Building A Better Future For America’s Workforce!”
How does it plan to build that better future?
Steady connects you with flexible job and gig opportunities, and (if you want) also gives you financial advice and presents potentially money-saving offers.
The Steady App Origin Story
Steady began in 2017, when Adam Roseman (one of the founders) saw that his father did not have enough retirement savings to support himself after retirement. He was in need for a part-time job.
So, Roseman helped him out finding work that met his needs, availability, and interests. Roseman also realized that his father’s situation was pretty common, but the process of individually sourcing and vetting work opportunities was incredibly tedious.
Perhaps a technology solution could help! With that, Steady was born.
The company gained some quick early tracking, generating 100,000 installs in 2018, its first full year in business. It also raised $9 million in Series A financing.
Fun Fact: Shaquille O’Neal, NBA legend and businessman joined as an advocate and advisor.
As of May 2019, Steady has attracted over 1 million users.
How Does Steady Work?
Steady is straightforward and easy to get started with. The general process looks like this:
- Create a free Steady account.
- Browse gigs that meet your criteria.
- Apply / on-board with those opportunities.
- Get to work.
- Get paid!
- Manage your gig earnings in one place.
The Steady App Sign Up Process
When you first join Steady (it’s free), it’ll ask for details like:
- your name
- phone number
You can also simply login with Facebook if you don’t want to create a separate profile with another password to remember.
There’s a checkbox to select if you want to receive text message alerts for new gigs.
I used the web app version, but you can also punch in your phone number and get a text to download the mobile app version — it’s available on both iOS and Android.
Browsing for Gigs on Steady
Once you’re logged in, the first screen you’ll see will be a prompt to enter your location:
After that, you’ll have 4 boxes pop up for the various gigs available to you (or at least that’s what I saw based on my location!).
Those job “types” are:
- Work From Home
- Anytime Work
- Part-Time and Full-Time Work
- Recently Added Work
Let’s take a look inside each to see what kind of gigs you might find.
Work From Home
Under the Work From Home category, Steady found 33 results for me.
While I guess technically those can be done from home, I wouldn’t necessarily consider them work from home “jobs.”
As I scrolled down, I found more options that resemble traditional work, including:
- Language tutoring
- Community moderating
- Freelance writing
When you click into each of the gigs, you can learn more about the requirements, time commitment, and pay. The gigs that showed up for me went as high as $20 an hour.
There’s a lot of junk to sort through here that aren’t really jobs at all, but more invitations to join other marketplaces where employers might post jobs.
For example, Steady lists Guru.com as a “work from home job.” Guru is a freelance marketplace where you might connect with a remote employer depending on your skillset, but I think it’s a stretch to include on this list.
Steady also presented micro-task platforms like FigureEight, and while they’re upfront that “most individual jobs make less than $2” on the site, my guess is that’s not what people seeking legit work from home jobs are after.
There are some helpful filters in the sidebar of the web app. The one that’s glaringly missing? Pay rate, or average hourly wage.
When I click over to Anytime Work, the app brought up 95 results near me (though some appear to be duplicated, as Postmates appeared twice in the first 3 results):
This category is great for finding flexible gigs you can work whenever you have time available.
For me, it brought up a lot of delivery apps, childcare, and handyperson options. Those included:
Part-Time and Full-Time Work
The Part-Time and Full-Time Work category inside Steady is by far the largest. When I clicked into it, the app brought up nearly 1000 results!
Outside of the gig economy apps, there were tons of local options in caregiving, hospitality, and retail.
Click into the ones that seem most interesting to you. I found gigs ranging from $10 to $26 an hour.
Recently Added Work
And finally, the recently added category is for Steady app aficionados who are looking for the latest and greatest opportunities.
I was happy to see a couple dozen new gigs when I clicked over here, which signaled to me that the app is being regularly updated and maintained.
How Do You Apply for Gigs on Steady?
Once you use Steady to identify the gig (or gigs) you want to go for, you follow the link in the app to complete the registration or application.
This will normally take place on the 3rd-party site of whatever gig you’re applying for.
For instance, if delivering for Postmates sounds cool, Steady will send you over to Postmates to sign-up.
After that, your relationship with Steady can be over (if you choose to). All your work communication will happen directly between you and the app or service you contract with.
Track Your Earnings
If you end up using Steady to connect with multiple gigs, using the app’s Income tracker might be helpful.
Once you connect your bank account (securely, of course), Steady will pull in your relevant earning data into a handy dashboard. Over time, you’ll be able to monitor your different income streams and total monthly earnings.
How Much Can You Make on Steady?
Gigs on Steady typically max out around $20 an hour, but the company reports that Steady users earn an average of $4000 more per year after they join.
Of course your earnings will depend on your location, skills, and the time you put in.
The Steady Benefits Section
Inside the Steady app, you might notice a section labeled Benefits. And no, it’s not a list of benefits of using the app.
Instead what you’ll find is a menu of interesting services aimed at the Steady workforce. These companies promise to help you:
- Save money on insurance.
- Get the tax deductions you deserve.
- Improve your rideshare earnings.
- Save on prescriptions.
- And tons more.
It’s definitely an interesting supplemental service to its user base.
Side Note: How Does Steady Make Money?
Since Steady is free, and obviously took quite a bit of time and money to develop, you might be wondering how the company makes money.
It operates on an affiliate or lead-generation model. Many of the apps and services featured on Steady are hungry for new people to help meet growing demand.
Because of that, they’re willing to pay companies like Steady (and, for transparency, Side Hustle Nation) for referring new users, drivers, hosts, caregivers, etc.
Who is Steady Best For?
Who will get the most benefit from the Steady app? Here are the audiences I think the app is best-suited for.
You have a traditional full-time job, but want to have another stream of income. Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or want to work on something more enjoyable.
One Side Hustle Nation reader mentioned:
“I wish I could have had this kind of service back when I was working at the airport. It might have helped me figure out myself sooner or made my life a little more purposeful.”
Steady is heavy on jobs for freelancers. There are countless opportunities in creative, media, and IT: graphic design, programming, content writing, voice acting, etc.
Steady can help point you to the various freelance marketplaces where you might begin to find clients for your skills.
Full-Time Job Seekers
The majority of full-time jobs on the app are in customer service, personal assistance, retail sales, caregiving, hospitality, and cleaning.
The positions range from entry-level staff to manager level. However, it’s not an ideal place to seek salaried professional work or more advanced roles in specific area like medicine.
Steady is great for new grads looking for experience and building their resume.
It can also help you earn extra money while you look for a full-time job, or try different jobs at the same time. That way you might better learn what you enjoy doing before committing to a full-time job.
Those Pursuing Entrepreneurship
Even though the app mainly wants to play matchmaker between you and existing marketplaces and gig economy apps, it can be helpful for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Browsing through the Steady listings will get you thinking about the services you can offer. These gigs are one way to improve your entrepreneurial skills and help you earn more money during your startup journey.
Steady App Earning Potential
How much could you make on the Steady app?
As mentioned above, I saw gigs going as high as $26 an hour. (Though the majority were in the $10-15 per hour range.)
I’d probably avoid the “micro-task” platforms unless you really like that type of work and don’t want to commit to anything with a set schedule.
As with any side hustle, consider the opportunity cost. Is it worth toiling away for potentially less than minimum wage, when you could be using that time to build a business or asset of your own?
Steady App Pros
- Fast, simple sign-up process.
- Free to use and browse flexible work opportunities.
- Incredible variety of gigs available, all in one centralized location.
- Quick company profiles let you compare gigs and choose the best for you.
You can be as selective as you want or as your experience allows. If nothing is a fit today, no harm done.
Steady App Cons
- Filters could be better; some of the options presented aren’t great (in my opinion).
- Approximate earning power is not listed for every gig.
- Each gig requires its own separate application.
What Are Some Alternatives to Steady?
Outside of monster “make extra money” posts like this, I honestly haven’t seen an app that attempts to do what Steady does: aggregate all the gig economy opportunities and put them in one place.
(The most similar is AppJobs.)
For that, I commend the team at Steady. I met several of their team members at FinCon last year and I’m impressed with what they’ve built.
Have you used Steady yourself? What do you think?
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