Hive Micro has been in business for about 1 year now and it is a website that gives micro-jobs to people in exchange for money. You can work at any time of day or the night. Your job will be sorting images into respective categories. You can do so using your mouse or your keyboard.
Signing up with this company is FREE and they don’t ask for much when you sign up, except for Name, Address, Phone number, Email and Paypal info.
You also need to be 18 years old or older to sign up to work because of explicit content that will be involved in the work. Pretty much anybody from anywhere around the world can sign up.
My First Impressions
I personally found it a little bit weird that Hive Micro asks for your address and phone number. Because this is an online workplace and money is paid through Paypal, I don’t see why the email address isn’t enough.
But moving on to the work to be completed, the dashboard is very clean and it is easy to get started with working for these guys. As of now, I can see a few categories namely:
1) NSFW Images – $0.15 per 1000 solved
These are images that need to be classified between being Clean images, suggestive images, sexually explicit images and violently explicit images (the reason you need to be at least 18 to work with Hive Micro)
2) Celebrity Yes/No – $0.35 per 1000 solved
These are images that need to be classified, if they match the person THEY pick out for you. This is mostly classifying pictures of celebrities, as the name suggests.
3) Pedestrians Multipass – $1.20 per 1000 solved
These images are those where you need to highlight or box in a person/pedestrian on the road, that has NOT been recognised or highlighted automatically.
The reason why they might not have been done automatically, is because of obstacles that could be between the camera and the person (like a stationary vehicle where a person is standing BEHIND it, and only the head of the person is visible).
4) Driving Multipass – $1.40 per 1000 solved
These images are similar to highlighting and boxing in above, but you would need to box in vehicles that have not been properly recognized by the system.
I like how different categories have different payments too, because it means that you can engage into different categories at your leisure. These are standard payment rates for solving images, captchas/recaptchas so the fact that they do not promise for you to make outrageous money overnight, shows that this might not be a scam.
Training / Test
For each category, there is a different set of instructions and guidelines. Therefore, in order to be able to work in each individual category, you need to go through the training and the test for each of them.
You are not paid to go through the test, which will consist of 45 – 50 test images. However, because you are still learning at this point, the mistakes you make will not be counted.
You will also be corrected and you will have access to the instructions and guidelines sheet, through the training and test, as well as through the entire duration of you working.
Therefore, if you are unsure of how to categorize a certain image, you can look through the guidelines to help you solve it.
There really aren’t any tools that you need because everything is included within the platform for you. You need to be able to read the instructions of what to do with your mouse and your keyboard. Working with your keyboard is definitely faster and you’ll get better over time, but you have to learn the shortcuts for effective categorizing.
I think it is very vital to include these pages because without them, it creates a lot of mistrust. Without these pages, it makes me feel like they may sell out your information to others.
On top of that, there have been a lot of reports online about how bad Support is at getting back to people’s questions and concerns. Some people have complained that they have never received an answer from the support team at all!
If Support has been bombarded with the same questions over and over again, up to a point where they stopped answering, then it is evident that they SHOULD include an FAQ.
How much money can I make?
Now comes the real reason you have been reading my article… No? Just kidding.
I am sorry to tell you that you will not be making even pocket money with Hive Micro. And here is why. I started timing myself to see how many I could solve within a 30 minute period and to look at my earnings.
I was only at 6.6 cents… $0.066… For HALF hour of work!
Taking this into consideration, I would only make 13 cents per hour and that would translate to about $1 for 8 hours of work.
Maybe I could have made more if work had been available continuously but often times within the 30 minutes, I found myself having to wait a few minutes to get a few minutes of work.
I will be trying at a different time of night, just in case it is due to the high volume of people working at the time that I was on and I will be posting my results. But even if I made 2 or 3 times more, at $2 – $3 for every 8 hours of work, I just don’t think that this work is worth it.
Payments are made every Tuesday through Paypal, if your account has reached a minimum of $10. There has been a lot of reports online about people actually being paid, but as it is a new company, I suggest waiting a little longer before jumping the gun and trying it out, for fear that they may stop paying.
As I mentioned earlier, it is still a very new company and needs to establish trust within the online community.
Again, because of the lack of an FAQ page, there is no mention anywhere about how long the deposit will take to show into your Paypal Account. People who also have gotten paid have not mentioned how long it took for them to see the payment on their own accounts.