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Hiving Surveys Review: Do They Pay Out?

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Hiving Surveys is one of the many research panels online that pay you to answer survey questions as well as test products at home.  They work with close to 50 countries, which makes it very appealing to users who live outside the United States.

If you have come across this name before and want to know more about it, I went ahead and signed up to share my thoughts.  As in all of my reviews, I always remain 100% honest, only recommending what I feel is worth your time.

What is Hiving Surveys?

The company was founded in 2007, making it one of the older survey sites on the market.  However, just because the website has been around for quite some time, it doesn’t always mean you should join, as there are a lot of duds out there.

Unlike most companies based in the United States, Hiving is headquartered in Paris, mainly focusing on the French market.  As stated in the intro, though, they are open to more than just French users.  They continue to expand to additional countries as the years go on as well.

According to the corporate website, their service was designed to help you make the best decisions possible.  To learn more about the company, you can do so via the official website at JoinHiving.com.



Signing up for an Account

To sign up for an account, you can either connect your Facebook account or you can create an account, whichever works for you.

The sign up process is simple, wherein you will be asked for your basic information, such as your name, email birthday and such.

To qualify as a member, you must be at least 15+ and reside in the United States.

How Hiving Surveys Work

Once you join, you can immediately see your dashboard, which will look something like this (this is the desktop version):

On the left, you can scroll throughout the menu, whereas the surveys are predominantly in the center of your screen.  You will see a survey reference number, the points you can earn as well as the estimated length.  If any of these surveys seem of interest, you can click on that “start” button to see if you qualify to earn the points specified.

When you do join, however, making sure you take your first survey to earn 300 points.  This is your typical profiler survey so that the company can learn more about you.  The more the research company knows about you, the more targeted your surveys can be.  This profiler will take about a few minutes, and again, while not required, is highly recommended.

The Surveys

Most of your money will be made throughout the surveys section, but let it be known that the company offers a “Micro-Task” and “Lottery” system. I will get into that next.

For now, let’s focus on the surveys.

Like many survey sites, Hiving works with a variety of third-party survey routers.  This means that they connect to another company that supplies them with surveys.  Some companies work with many, while others only work with a few.   Looking at my dashboard and clicking around, it appears they work with a few, which means you should have a steady supply of surveys whenever you do join.

How many surveys can I expect?

Depending on your demographics, I feel you can see at least 20 to 40+ surveys show up on your dashboard every day.  Sometimes, it can be more, sometimes it can be much less, but in comparison to most survey sites, they seem to have more than average.

Remember, these panels are entirely optional.  You only need to answer surveys you feel are a fit for you.

How long do the surveys take?

Expect them to take anywhere from five to 20 minutes.  Next to each survey, you will see an “estimated” length.  Oftentimes, I have found these lengths to be overcompensating for what it involves.  For example, a 10-minute estimated survey often takes me about five to seven minutes to complete.

The Micro Tasks

As mentioned, the site also allows you to complete micro tasks, which are outsourced from the third-part company, CrowdFlower, also known as Figure Eight in the industry.

If you’re familiar with Amazon Mechanical Turk, it works just like this.  You will complete small tasks and make anywhere from a few cents to more than a dollar.  It will depend on the task.

You won’t find many tasks here, so I wouldn’t count on making much.

Lottery

The lottery isn’t a way to earn; rather, it’s more like a sweepstakes opportunity.  Picture it as a way to win some big cash prizes..  You will enter your name into a raffle, often using your points, in hopes you win the prize.

They didn’t have a lottery going on at the moment, but this is another option if you want to attempt to win it big.  I don’t play them, simply because too many people enter, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to invest a few points here and there.

To find out when they are having a lottery opportunity, I would follow them on social media.

The Rewards

Hiving works strictly on a points system, in which you can convert to cash and rewards.  For every 1,000 points you earn, you can cash out for $1 in rewards.

At the moment, reward options include PayPal, lottery tickets for the raffle as well as charity donations.  Basically, PayPal is your only option, but I don’t see a problem with that as this is often the most popular choice amongst survey takers.

Once you reach 4,000 in points, you can begin the cash out.  All payments are processed within 24 to 72 hours, on average.



Pros:

  • free to join
  • only need to be 15 to join
  • many survey invites it seems
  • only need $4 in rewards to cash out
  • PayPal

Cons:

  • limited rewards (only PayPal)
  • support seems to be lacking
  • you will disqualify from a lot of survey invites
  • reports of delay in payments

Final Thoughts

6/10Hiving doesn’t seem all that bad.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best nor would I say it’s the worst.  You will be supplied with a ton of survey invites, but the question is how many will you qualify for.  On average, I would expect 25% at best.  Just remember to fill out that profiler if you want specific surveys you can qualify for.

In the end, I wouldn’t put it near the top.  Rather, I would consider it as one to try out to see if it works for you.  I have read reports of people seeing delayed payments, but it seems to be very spotty. I would just cash out once you reach $4 to see how fast you can get your payment.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on your experience, you’re more than welcome to do so in the comments below.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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