Originally posted: October, 2012
Name: StoreHours24 (Formerly iStoreHours)
Type of program: Crowdsourcing, Data Entry
Date joined: 09/28/12
Referral program? No
Current status 6/10/14: They’re live and accepting new entries! This site went offline last Fall, but they’ve now reopened as StoreHours24.com.
Most of the major chains have already been entered, but if you know of local stores or smaller chains that aren’t already loaded into the app, by all means get them submitted! Just make sure you do a duplicate search before submission and read the rules to make sure that the store you want to add is not already in the database, otherwise your work will be rejected.
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 cool free app and widget by the same name that’s available for Smartphones or Websites.
There’s not much to registration; just a name and email address is required. They pay $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.
It takes a few days after submission to get your entries approved, to be sure that they are valid and correct entries and not duplicates.
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. 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 the rules on the site to see how they want the addresses formatted, and what types of entries are permissible to avoid rejections.
In a nutshell, as long as your entry is unique, has correct information that can be verified, has no glaring or spelling errors, has a real, physical address and is not a duplicate, you will make money. If you enter gibberish, bad information, or a business that is already in the database, your work will be rejected. It’s very easy!
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.
Definitely grab the app for your smartphone, especially if you travel a lot.
Paid? Yes, paid many times.
Total Received: $451.59 Paid
StoreHours24s Payment Proof:
Most recent payments from are below. Screenshots from older 2012 payments are here and here, if anyone needs additional proof.
Originally posted: October, 2012
Last update: 07/14/14