I pride myself on being completely honest about the things I review on HomeWorkingClub. This means that, on occasion, I get the chance to completely savage a product or service. I may have just given you a clue as to how this Hive Work review is going to turn out…
NB. Please note that the site being reviewed here has rather confused branding. The site is called HiveMicro, but it is branded as “Hive Work.”
I’m always keen to give every online home working offering a fair chance. I’m open-minded towards plenty of side jobs that some people turn their nose up at, and have been positive on this site towards everything from content mills to survey platforms. It’s often the case that it’s all about the level of effort you’re prepared to put in.
Perhaps keep my open-minded stance in mind as you read this Hive Work review.
What is Hive Work / HiveMicro?
Hive Work (also known as HiveMicro) is an online micro-working site where you can earn money for completing short, repetitive tasks. The tasks involve things like identifying the content of images, separating out “real life” videos from animations, drawing boxes around certain image elements, and identifying movies and TV shows.
On the face of it, the tasks are varied. They’re certainly pretty simple. They’re primarily based around the kind of things computers can’t yet be relied upon to do consistently.
When I completed my Hive Work review, there were around 20 different “Hive Work” tasks available, many of which had plenty of availability.
Is HiveMicro a Scam?
HiveMicro isn’t a scam – as such – and people have posted payment proofs online. However, members must complete a LOT of micro-tasks to earn a small amount of money. There are considerably easier ways to earn online, and much better micro-working sites. You’ll find some suggestions at the the end of this article.
Hive Work Review: Sign Up Process and Getting Started
Signing up to HiveMicro is quick and simple. You simply provide a name, email address, password and country. Unlike many online earning sites, Hive Micro appears to accept members from all over the world.
You then have instant access to the available tasks. For each one, you must complete a “Qualification Test.” Once you’ve passed, you are free to complete as many of those specific task as there are available.
Hive Work: The Experience
One positive I can highlight in my HiveMicro review is that the user experience is actually rather decent. It’s not perfect, but things are smoother than they are on most micro working sites.
Unfortunately, everything goes rapidly south when you realise how many tasks you’re expected to do to earn a very small amount of money. If you have a look at the screenshot above, you’ll see what I mean.
Drawing three boxes around a logo? That sounds simple enough – until you see you have to do it 1000 times to earn 75 cents. That isn’t just a low rate, it’s utterly ludicrous.
Another task I saw involved watching movie trailers until you were able to confirm the movie. The rate for this? 35 cents for 1000 tasks! Even if each task takes 10 seconds (and that’s incredibly optimistic), you’re looking at spending nearly three HOURS, making 35 CENTS.
Now I’ve seen some pretty ridiculous and exploitative stuff in the home working world, but this is right up there!
Unfortunately it gets worse. There’s room for ambiguity in some of the tasks, which can mean there are times when you can’t be sure you’ve answered correctly. If you get too many things wrong, you end up with a two-hour ban from that task, with multiple offences leading to a permanent ban.
This is fair enough, and it’s a policy you find on other online working platforms, such as UHRS, but when you’re earning SO little anyway, it really adds insult to injury.
I could go on, but there seems little point. Nobody would try to pretend that micro-work is lucrative or particularly fun, but the level of grind required here to make your balance go any higher than a handful of cents is pretty extreme.
What can you Earn on Hive Work?
You can’t earn much money using Hive Work / HiveMicro.
Before I started my Hive Work review, I came across a Facebook group promoting the platform. It claimed on one post that “most” users were “making more than 15 USD per day.”
After only a short play with the HiveMicro, I quickly dismissed this claim. Furthermore, I didn’t even have to look far to disprove it. You see Hive Work’s website includes a leaderboard of the platform’s top earners.
The screenshot below shows what those top earners are earning in a week:
As you can see, only the top earner made more than $50, and to do so they had to complete over 14,000 tasks! On the day I completed this review (29th April 2019), I also looked at the daily chart, and only one user had made more than 10 Dollars – for doing nearly 3000 tasks!
As such, the simple answer to the question of what you can earn on HiveMicro is “not very much” – and you have to put in a lot of work to earn it.
Depressingly, it appears Hive Work DO find plenty of takers for their micro-tasks. As I discuss in my article on cultural differences in home working, many online opportunities are off-limits in certain countries. Presumably, the people turning to HiveMicro to make money are those who find themselves with little choice. While the chances are they live in countries where the cost of living is low, these rates are ridiculously stingy. To be frank, “exploitative” is the word that I keep thinking of.
Hive Work Payouts
Despite the low rates, I’ve no reason to suggest that Hive work is a scam and doesn’t pay out. It didn’t take me long to find a HiveMicro payment proof from a quick online search.
Payment is by PayPal or Bitcoin, and you can set your payment threshold as low as two Dollars – a good job when the rates are so low. HiveMicro pays out weekly on a Tuesday.
Hive Work Referral Scheme
HiveMicro has a referral scheme, promising to pay out “up to $5” for each new person you refer.
The trouble is, YOU have to earn $2 before you allowed to refer people. THEY then need to make $5 before you get any commission. If you consider the low rates, and how little people are actually making based on the “leaderboard,” this hardly seems worth bothering with.
Put it this way, I’m not going to do hours of work so that I can put a referral link on this site!
I feel a strong sense of sympathy for the people who top HiveMicro’s leaderboards. They must be working extremely long hours to earn very little money. At the time of concluding my review of Hive Work, only two people on the platform earned more than $30 in the previous week.
This site, to me, reveals a real dark side of the home working industry. The platform is polished and everything works – so it’s a shame that the positive first impressions quickly die away to reveal a service that’s paying insultingly low rates to its workers. Where they are in the world is immaterial.
I therefore conclude my review by saying – in case you haven’t guessed by now – that I DON’T recommend Hive Work / HiveMicro. I review many things for this site that leave me unimpressed – this one left me distinctly queasy.
Hive Work Pros and Cons
- The platform is slick and functional.
- Low minimum payout.
- Insultingly low rates.
Alternatives to Hive Work
I usually end reviews by suggesting some alternative products and services. With this one I feel I ought to go one step further. As such, I’ve suggested a few options for people in less developed countries who aren’t fortunate enough to have as many online opportunities as those of us in the western world.
Inevitably, they require more up-front work, more effort and more skill – but there ARE better options than doing 1000 tasks for 30 Cents.
Things you can do from ANYWHERE
- Start a blog or authority site.
- Establish a presence on Upwork or a similar freelancing site, and sell services direct to clients.
- Research companies in transcription and translation that hire staff worldwide.
Other Micro-Working Sites
- Amazon’s Mechanical Turk isn’t available everywhere but does have a strong presence in India.
- ClickWorker has less geographical presence, but pays much more fairly for tasks.
- SwagBucks is a mixture of surveys, offers and microtasks, but is worth a mention here because it now covers a much larger global area, with most of Asia eligible to join, as well as some areas of Africa.