- Jun 13, 2018
My previous two reviews were for India-exclusive survey sites (big thanks to my buddy Sanjay for helping with those). But now, let’s go back to an international site. I’ll be reviewing Hiving.
Hiving is a French company, and was founded in 2009. This is pretty reassuring since most scam sites don’t last very long - or they do, but keep assuming new names.
Hiving looks pretty legit. So here's my Hiving review. First, let's talk about my first impressions about Hiving.
The website of Hiving is pretty slick and professional. In fact, it’s probably my favorite design so far. The design and color scheme is pretty clean and easy on the eyes.
But Hiving really shines when it comes to content. Everything you could possibly want to know before registering is there, out in the open and easy to read. It usually ticks me off when sites hide their info, or force you to register site unseen before knowing how the site operates. Hive, luckily, isn’t one of those.
My Hot Take: My first impression is overwhelmingly positive! This is the site that gets me excited to try out. But does this positive experience apply to the rest of the experience? Read on!
How to Earn on Hiving
There are several ways to earn on Hiving. So let’s cover them individually:
Complete Surveys - Taking surveys will be your main method of earning on Hiving. After you’ve registered, notification emails will be sent to your email inbox. Completing surveys - which usually take around 15 minutes to complete - will earn you points. You can then convert these points to cash later on.
All the other tasks in this list will also earn you points.
Do Microtasks - These are tasks that require “human intelligence.” In other words, they’re tasks machines and computers can do. They include transcribing voice recordings, tagging photos and data entry.
Do Paid Product Testing - This is like the unicorn of the site; it’s rarely seen, and I doubt if it even exists. I never got assigned any paid product testing tasks. I wonder if it’s because of my location. But either way, I don’t think this is a reliable way to earn.
Refer Friends - Hiving has a “Tell a Friend Program” where you will earn a percentage of your recruits’ earnings on the site. The earnings you get will be taken from their own earnings, though. I’m not that keen on this program, to be honest. Like, I’m telling a friend to join, and in exchange I take part of their earnings - what’s stopping them from registering on their own and keeping all their earnings?
Join Lotteries - If you like throwing money away, you can join their lottery. Each entry costs you 400 points. I never gave this a shot, because I like keeping my money, thank you very much.
My Hot Take: Overall, it’s good that they’ve got different ways to earn, but some of these methods could use some improvement.
Earning Potential on Hiving
1,000 points is equivalent to $1.
You can expect to get up to four surveys per month. Each survey pays around 100 points, or ten cents. That’s not a whole lot.
But who knows? Your own earnings might differ from mine - chances are, I didn’t qualify for surveys because of my profile or demographic.
My Hot Take: I can only base my opinions on my own experience, so I’ll call this underwhelming. It’s not the pay per survey I have a problem with, but the small number of surveys I got on the site.
Payout Options on Hiving
Once you reach a minimum of 4,000 points (or $4 in real-world money) you can request a payout, which is sent via PayPal. Take note, earnings are sent out in increments of 4,000 points. So you can cash out every 4,000, 8,000, and 12,000 points.
Hiving doesn’t charge you a PayPal transaction fee, which is really appreciated. Other sites charge you just to get your funds, which really sucks.
My Hot Take: It’ll take you a while to reach the 4,000-point minimum, and their incremental withdrawal is pretty restricting. But I really do like the fact that they shoulder all PayPal fees. So props for that.
How to Join
The site is open to members from a wide range of countries, but you gotta be at least 15 years old to join. You also need a PayPal account. Joining is really easy - the registration form is built right into the homepage. Here’s a link for ya:
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
Hiving is legit… but underwhelming. Nice design, but there’s not much beyond its good looks. Give this site a try, if you’re looking for a different survey site to check out.
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