The Steady app is an app that matches you with on demand jobs in your area, helping you earn income in your spare time. You can also track the money you make and even “boost” your income if you use one of the offers mentioned on the app. More on this later.
Unlike the many popular money-making options I list on this site, Steady is said to connect you freelancing and gig opportunities nearby, which means you may find something local to you. Some appear to be local, whereas other options may be nationwide. At least this is how I interpret it when downloading.
In my hunt for ways to make money online, I came across this app while browsing the Google Play Store and wanted to learn more about it. So, being myself, I figured I would download it, try it out and see if it’s worth downloading to make some extra cash. That’s where my review comes into the picture.
As with all of my reviews, I’m always honest, no matter my connection to the company, and I would never, ever push something if I wouldn’t personally use it.
In this review, I’m going to review the app, but glancing at the website, it appears they both work in the same way.
If you want to find work and earn money in your spare time, then let’s take a look and see if the Steady app is worth a download.
Steady App Review: Can You Really Find Side Work?
What is the Steady App?
As with all of my reviews, I always want to dig into the company’s past to ensure that we are working with someone legit. Generally, as long as I can find some contact information, an official website and some people talking about it online, it’s safe to say it’s okay to continue. However, just because a company is legitimate, it doesn’t always mean it’s worth it. That’s why I love to do these reviews.
The Steady app is relatively new, founded in 2007 by Adam Roseman and co-founder, Michael Loeb, who was an early investor in Priceline.com. In my research, Adam saw that his father didn’t have enough cash for retirement, so he went out to find a part-time for him. Seeing his father’s situation was pretty common, he wanted to create a service that could help find working opportunities based on your specific needs. Enter Steady.
In short, the app was designed to help independent workers find new income streams and help manage their earnings to avoid high-interest credit. Steady got its name because the founders wanted to make it feel as if you were “steady” in your work.
Today, the app is on both the Google Play store and iTunes and has more than one million downloads. As I write this, it’s a top 10 free business app on the Google Play store. You can also use the search feature on the desktop version as well.
To get started with the app, it will first ask for your zip code. With that information, you can instantly view your dashboard, all without the need of creating an account. However, while you don’t need to create an account, it’s highly recommended if you want to keep track of your progress and/or apply to jobs. As a quick note, too. If you use the desktop version, you will need to sign up as they limit your search results if you search via the web instead of the app.
Once you download the app, you can view your dashboard, but again, I recommend you create an account, all of which takes a minute. All you need to provide is a name, email and phone number.
If you do create a profile, then the app will want you to “create a plan,” wherein you will answer a few questions so that it can help you with a personalized plan, basically showing the many ways to make and save money right now.
When I did, it asked six yes/no questions, most of which revolve around your banking, personal finance goals and credit score. In my customized plan, it looked something like this:
Remember that this is just your “financial stability plan” and you can exit out at any time you wish. You don’t have to sign up for anything to continue.
After you download the app and create an account, you can check out your dashboard, which will look something like this…
Here, you can find work, view your financial stability plan, check out income boosters and even check out the money you have made once you complete your account setup.
In the section below, I will talk about each section and what it can do for you.
First, let’s start off with what probably makes people download the app — finding work.
In this section, you can find work that’s broken down into the following categories:
- Anytime Work
- Part-Time & Full-Time
- Work from Home
- Recently Added
Each category is self-explanatory, so it’s really up to you as to what you want in terms of making money.
On my account, these were the jobs I was presented with.
In this section, there were quite a few jobs, many of which I heard of, but there were a few I never saw before.
Many options I have already mentioned before, such as DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, Care.com and Lyft, to name a few. But, some I haven’t researched yet, such as Veryable, Jyve and Lawn Love. 80% of them, however, I have covered in depth, so there wasn’t anything “unique” on this page like I was expecting.
On these pages, you can also “filter” your results, where you can break down your options by job type, the distance from your location as well as the categories you’re interested in. In using the filters, it could help you find something of interest.
Part-Time & Full-Time
In the part- and full-time section, it acted almost like a poor man’s version of Indeed, only showing a few jobs in my area. This was more like a job portal that could help you find jobs, but I think you would be better off using a job searching like Indeed if you were looking for a part- or full-time job. It’s worth a look, but I wouldn’t expect anything special.
Again, you can filter, just like the “work anytime” filter. I played around with the, and unfortunately, I received a lot of “Oops! No results match your search criteria.” As mentioned, though, if you’re going to search for a part-time job, I highly recommend you use another option like Indeed.
Work from Home
As the name implies, the “Work from Home” section lists many of the companies I have already mentioned here such as Airbnb, Getaround, Rev and a few others. It’s almost like this website, but it’s laid out more in an app form. Don’t expect anything life changing, but it is informative, nonetheless.
Yes, you can filter yet again, but it doesn’t do much as they seem to have a master list, all of which pay a nice commission to the app upon signing up.
Financial Stability Plan
I touched on this above, but you can always access your “Financial Stability Plan” at any time if you so choose. This is another section that will show up on your dashboard.
As mentioned, the app just recommends ways to earn money as well as banks you can sign up with. This isn’t necessary, but it’s just as a way for the app to make money, seeing most of these offers send a nice commission for every sign up.
Looking at my plan, most of these options are 100% legit and ethical, but I would only consider the bank account option if you’re looking to switch to a no-fee online bank. Even in that case, you may want to search online to make sure that bank is worth joining.
The “Income Boosters” section is no different than the websites that pay you to complete offers.
In this section, if you complete an offer, then Steady will pay you. For instance, if you signed up with DoorDash and completed a delivery, they would pay you $70. If you opened a Qapital account, they would give you $25.
These offers are everywhere, and that’s fine. But, if you’re considering one, make sure you compare the popular GPT sites to make sure you’re getting the best deal. For instance, Steady will pay you $70 if you deliver once with DoorDash, whereas some other sites may pay more. It’s important to check a few of the bigger names, such as Swagbucks, to make sure you’re getting the best rebate.
The last section, “Your Income” was designed to help you track your income for free.
In this section, you can securely link your bank and then track the money you make, similar to that of Mint.
I wouldn’t say this is life-changing, but it’s really up to you if you want to add your bank account. Personally, I wouldn’t add it as there are much better finance trackers online, all of which I covered my Mint alternatives post.
In my research here, it appears that all it does is track the deposits coming in for the month.
What Others are Saying Online
As in all my reviews, I always gather the thoughts of others and include their findings here, both good and bad. Remember, no matter how great (or bad) an app is, there will be pros and cons.
So, in this section, I wanted to talk about the many pros and cons I found from other users online.
Sometimes, you can find some great Income Boosters that can make you $25 to $75+ quickly. Some are as easy as signing up for a bank account.
Very helpful in finding gig work if you don’t want to go out and find them.
A lot of different ways to find work.
100% free to use.
Fast, easy and simple to use.
Not worth the download as you can find almost all of the information listed here elsewhere online. It’s just laid out in a more organized way.
The local job search feature could be better.
Nothing unique as you can find everything on the app elsewhere online. It’s more of a referral clearing house to put it bluntly.
It’s hard to determine what each gig can pay.
You have to waste your time sorting through the job search to maybe find something.
The Steady app is good at what it is — finding work, both online and as a side hustle, but you won’t find anything there that you can’t find here or anywhere else via Google for that matter.
Sure, it may be a pinch more organized, but they seem to focus on only the companies that push them a nice commission. That’s fine, I get it, but there are so many more opportunities that they are missing out on, and it’s shame they won’t list them because they don’t get a kickback. That’s one of the key reasons I won’t recommend it.
In the end, I don’t recommend the Steady app.
It is legit and isn’t a scam, but I just feel it’s more of a list of online jobs and gigs that make them money. And, yes, while most of the gigs they do promote will and can make you money, I feel there are so many more opportunities than what they recommend. It just isn’t a full list. I always have a hard time trusting a company that only pushes affiliate offers.
With so many apps on the Google Play store, it definitely isn’t one I would have downloaded to eat up space as you can just seek out everything you need either on this site or with a quick Google search. There’s no reason to have it as an app on your phone.
As always, if you want to talk about the app, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below. Am I missing anything? Did it work out for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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