Hiving is a site where you can supposedly earn by taking paid surveys and more.
But is Hiving a scam or a legit survey site worth joining?
I have joined and tested the site myself to find out and compare it to the hundreds of other sites I have tested.
Let me just reveal right away that it is legit as you can actually earn as a member. However, it also has some big disadvantages so it is definitely not a site for. So whether it is worth your time or not depends on several things.
In this Hiving Surveys review, I will give you all the details, so you will know exactly what to expect, and if it is a site worth joining or not.
- What is Hiving Surveys and what does the site offer?
- Option 1 – Hiving paid surveys:
- Option 2 – Micro tasks:
- Option 3 – Product testing:
- Option 4 – Invite friends:
- Option 5 – Lottery:
- How do you get paid?
- How much money can you make?
- Can you use it on mobile?
- Who can join Hiving Surveys?
- Can you get support?
- Final verdict
What is Hiving Surveys and what does the site offer?
Hiving has existed since 2009, so it has been around for a while.
Let me reveal right away that it is a legit survey panel. However, this does not necessarily mean it is worth joining.
As mentioned in the intro, it definitely also has some disadvantages and you need to be aware of these before deciding if it is the right site for you or not.
And in this review, I will go over both the pros and the cons so you can see for yourself and find out if it will be worth it for you or not.
Option 1 – Hiving paid surveys:
As the name of this review suggests, Hiving Surveys is a platform that of course offers paid surveys.
This means you can get paid to share your opinion about different topics.
You will receive an email when there is a new survey available for you.
In the email, you can see how long the survey approximately will take. You can however not see how big the reward is, which is a bit strange and not very user-friendly.
I prefer sites where you right away can see the size of the reward as well and most sites actually show this very clearly so you know what to expect right away.
If you log in to Hiving to check the available surveys, you can, however, see both the estimated time and the earnings here.
Once you click the link in the email invitation, you will get a few pre-screener questions. After this, you will be redirected to the survey, if you qualify.
On the actual survey, you might have to answer some of the same pre-screener questions again. This can sometimes be a bit annoying but does luckily not take too long.
Be aware that it can sometimes take a bit of patience to find the surveys you qualify for, but there is a decent amount in most countries where Hiving is available (more about which countries these are later).
Hiving Surveys does however not offer as many surveys as many other sites. Exactly how many opportunities you will get depends a lot on the country you live in. But in general, you should not expect more than a maximum of 2-3 surveys per week.
This means that Hiving can be a decent site to join as an extra site, but if you want as many earning opportunities as possible, you should join some of the top paying survey sites instead, as Hiving alone will not give you enough opportunities in my opinion.
Option 2 – Micro tasks:
Hiving also gives you the chance to earn by taking micro tasks through the platform Appen tasks (previously called Figure Eight and Crowdflower).
This can be all kinds of small online jobs like for example checking for errors on a website, validate information, small typing tasks, and more.
It can actually be a good way to earn some extra money. It will, however, take some patience in the beginning.
At first, the tasks pay very little per task, but as you do more, you earn trust, and then you will qualify for higher-paying tasks. Eventually, it can be a great way to earn some extra money.
If you like doing these tasks, there are in my experience however sites that are better for taking the exact same tasks.
You can for example also take Figure Eight/Appen tasks on ySense, and here you do not only earn for the tasks but can also earn some great bonuses by doing the tasks.
So these micro-tasks can definitely be a great way to earn in the long run, but you should consider taking them somewhere else than on Hiving to get more out of them.
Option 3 – Product testing:
At times Hiving Surveys also offers product testing.
This means you can get to test a new product and give feedback for it. Sometimes you get to keep the product, and other times you get paid for doing the test instead.
This option is not available in all countries, and it is just once in a while. But if you are offered this, it can be a great way to earn a little extra or get a new product for free, while at the same time get to test a new product.
But it is not something you should expect to often and you might never be offered this on Hiving.
Option 4 – Invite friends:
You can earn a little extra by inviting friends to join Hiving Surveys if you like the panel yourself.
In the “tell a friend” section, you find a field, where you can put the email address of the friends you want to invite.
You can also choose to share on Facebook through a button in this section.
If a friend ends up joining and validate their account, you will get 600 points (equivalent of $0.60).
So it is not a huge reward, and it would take a lot of friends to make any real money by doing this, but a little extra can also be nice.
However, compared to a referral program on a site like PrizeRebel where you get a lifetime commission of everything your referral earns, the invite-a-friend program on Hiving is very poor.
Option 5 – Lottery:
Once in while Hiving Surveys run lotteries, where you can win big cash prizes.
These will be announced on their blog and on the website in the members area.
Be aware that you have to pay to participate in these lotteries, and they are not available all the time.
You can definitely win some really great prizes by participating, but you can also end up not getting anything out of the points you earned and invested into this.
So whether it is worth it or not depends on how much of a gambler you are.
I have created a video walkthrough and tutorial of Hiving Surveys so you can see from the inside what it offers and how to use it:
How do you get paid?
As you can see, Hiving gives several opportunities to earn. The best way to earn is by taking the paid surveys.
But how you will then get paid, when taking surveys or doing tasks is of course also important to know before joining.
You earn points every time you participate on Hiving Surveys. These points can then be exchanged into different rewards depending on your preferences.
You can exchange your points into cash through PayPal, use them for the lottery, donate to charity, or gift the points to a friend.
I like survey sites that offer PayPal as a payout method, as this is such a great and easy way to get your cash.
So, in my opinion, this is the best option on Hiving Surveys, unless you would like to donate to charity, which can also be great if you do not necessarily need the money yourself.
1000 points are equivalent to $1. This can be a bit different depending on the country you live in and the currency your account is in.
You can get a payout through PayPal when you have earned 4000 points, so it is actually a pretty low payout threshold compared to many other sites.
However, because of the limited survey opportunities on Hiving, it can still take some patience to reach this, and there are survey sites that pay out a lot faster because they have more opportunities and higher rewards.
You will, however, get a 300 point joining bonus on Hiving Surveys, once you have filled out your basic profile (only takes a couple of minutes), so when you first join, you are getting closer to the payout from the start.
But here I also want to give a warning and share a bad experience I have had with Hiving Surveys.
I have been paid by Hiving several times in the past. But as of updating this review, I recently tried to cash out some earnings I had from among others inviting others.
However, I was not able to cashout.
I have tried contacting them several times to get an answer for why that is and try to get my money but they just did not get back to me.
So at is it right now it looks like I have to accept that I will likely never get the $60 they own me.
I am very confused about why this has happened and I have not experienced so poor communication about something like this on any other platform.
But as mentioned earlier, I have been paid in the past so they do pay but if they at some point decide not to pay you, you should not expect any help or any reply.
So if you decide to join Hiving Surveys, I would highly recommend you cash out as soon as you can so you never have to much money standing in your account.
How much money can you make?
As already mentioned, you will not get daily survey opportunities on Hiving.
This also means you will not have huge earning opportunities. If you also use the microtask option, you can earn faster, but as already suggested, you get more out of taking these tasks on other platforms.
So overall you can earn a little extra cash on Hiving Surveys, but there are many sites with more opportunities.
In general, you should, however, remember that no matter which survey sites you join, it will not make you rich or a full-time income.
It can be a great way to make some extra cash by sharing your opinion, but you just have to do it with the right expectations. Then it is one of the easiest and fastest ways to start earning some extra cash online.
Can you use it on mobile?
Taking surveys on your mobile is a great way to earn a little extra, whenever it fits into your day.
That is why I personally like it when survey sites are easy to use on mobile devices.
Hiving Surveys does not have an app, and sites that have this are usually very easy to use on mobile.
However, the website itself is fully optimized on mobile and very easy to use on most screens.
You do however not really have to log in to take surveys on your mobile, as you will receive email invitations via email. So as long as you can access your emails on your mobile, you will be able to take surveys from Hiving there.
Be aware that most of the surveys are however from third parties, which means some of them might not necessarily be optimized for mobile.
So even though the Hiving Surveys website itself is optimized, you might have to scroll in and out a bit for some of the surveys.
Who can join Hiving Surveys?
Hiving Surveys is available in more than 50 countries.
What makes it very user-friendly is that in most countries the platform and the surveys will be in your own language. The rewards will even be in your local currency.
A great thing about Hiving Surveys is that it is also available in countries that do not usually have that many survey opportunities and platforms to join like certain countries in Africa, South America, and Sout East Asia.
But it also has panels in countries that in general have many opportunities.
In general, you should, however, check out the list of the best survey sites in your country instead, as you in many cases can find sites with more opportunities and that are more reliable.
Can you get support?
Being able to get support is important on any survey site. Hopefully, you will never need, but it is nice to know the option is there in case you one day need it.
On Hiving Surveys you can submit a support ticket after you have logged in. You have to choose between different topics depending on what you need help with.
Once you have chosen the topic, you will at first get info about the most frequently asked questions about this topic. If this does not answer your question, you can choose to send a message with a specific question.
I have however seen several complaints online that the support is not very good at getting back. I have been in contact with the support myself, and in my experience, they are not always fast at getting back to you.
And as mentioned earlier, I have also tried to be completed ignored when they suddenly decided not to let me cashout. For me poor support like this is a deal-breaker.
And because I have tried losing money on the platform myself without being able to get an answer from their support despite writing them 4 times, I can no longer recommend Hiving.
Hiving Surveys has both good a not so good sides.
So let’s finish this review by summing up the pros and cons, so you can get a better overview and see if it is a site for you or not.
- Free to join
- Low payout threshold
- Available in many countries
- Limited amount of survey opportunities
- Can take patience to find surveys you qualify for
- Support does not always answer
- I have lost money on the platform
- Poor referral program
Overall, Hiving Surveys can, in my opinion, seem like a decent secondary survey site at first and I also used it once in a while myself for quite a while.
However, because of my experiences with suddenly not getting paid and not being able to get in contact with support about it, I think it is too risky to join the site.
If you still decide to join, make sure to cash out as soon as possible so you do not have too much money standing in your account if they suddenly do not pay you – personally I lost around $60 and do not wish that to happen to you.
Therefore, I highly recommend you join the top survey sites instead as they give better opportunities and are a lot more reliable.
If you have any comments, questions, or have any experiences with Hiving Surveys yourself, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.