Originally posted: October, 2012
Name: StoreHours24 (Formerly iStoreHours)
Type of program: Crowdsourcing, Data Entry
Date joined: 09/28/12
Referral program? No
Current status 12-05-13: This site went offline last Fall. However, I received an email this morning stating that they are reopening as StoreHours24.
They are not offering the data entry program as of yet, but they will relaunch that in the future. I’d suggest keeping an eye on the StoreHours24 news update page, as I’m sure they’ll announce there when this is available again. I’ll also update this page when I hear word that the program has relaunched.
Until then, if you’re looking for someplace to work, I’d suggest checking out some of the other Crowdsourcing options on this site.
Review: I found the original site, iStoreHours, via one of my PTC programs. I thought this looked like it could be a viable alternative for MTurk, so I decided to give it a shot. In a nutshell, you’re paid for entering the store information and hours for various retail and service businesses. This information is for a nifty free app and widget by the same name that’s available for Smartphones or Websites. The site is advertiser-supported.
There’s not much to registration; just a name and email address is required. When I was active on the site, I made $0.05 per new store added, and I was able to enter one store per minute. This is a little less than the standard $0.10 per minute that most crowdsourcing opportunities over at MTurk offer, but the upside is there’s plenty of work to do.
Most big box stores have already been entered, so my first idea of just downloading something like a WalMart store listing and manually entering those was soon shot down. But there are still plenty of smaller stores that haven’t been entered yet, so I got to work on those. After entering a few, I did luck upon one other big box chain which hadn’t been grabbed yet, and I was able to get a handful of those entered as well.
I entered five stores originally as a test to make sure that they would be approved, and they were all approved and posted the same business day. I did another set of seven stores on a weekend, and by the next day five were approved. I decided after that to just grab a cup of coffee and work my way up to the minimum payment.
Their member support is excellent. I’ve written to them twice with small issues, and both times they responded in less than 24 hours. They do occasionally close the submission form from time to time for maintenance, catch-up, and when they reach goals for new entries, but they always list when they’ll be accepting work again.
I really like this site as a good Mechanical Turk alternative. While the pay is low, you don’t have to go searching for work to do. You can just sit down and start entering away for as little or as long as you’d like. Just be sure to read over the rules on the site to see how they want the addresses formatted, and what types of entries are permissible to avoid rejections.
I also love the idea of the app itself, as well. Coming from a metropolitan area where many places like large grocery stores or WalMart are open 24 hours, the idea of wondering if something was open was foreign to me. Once I moved to a small, rural location, I was surprised at the number of stores that had different opening and closing hours for every single day of the week. Many stores around here also close for one or two hours around lunch time, too. When I started entering stores and hours, I was really surprised at the number of stores here that don’t have such basic information as what hours they’re open on their website! Definitely grab the app for your smartphone, especially if you travel a lot.
Paid? Yes, paid many times.
Total Received: $349.95 Paid
iStoreHours Payment Proof:
Originally posted: October, 2012
Last update: 12-05-13