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How to Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes


Although stuffing envelopes can earn you extra income, you'll want to avoid envelope stuffing scams. These scams abound, especially on the internet. Here are some signs of a scam operation [source: Avoiding Envelope Stuffing Scams]:

  • The ad promises instant success and high income. In reality, stuffing envelopes is tedious and doesn't earn too much.
  • The ad states that you have to invest money to "register" or receive a "starter kit." Often the kit never arrives.
  • The company requests your credit card or bank account number.

So how do you find a legitimate envelope-stuffing job? You have two options:

  • Apply for a job at a business that does a lot of mailing, like print shops, large businesses and major retail chains.
  • Start your own direct mail service.

If you opt to start a direct mail service, you'll work with one or more clients. Here are some pointers for starting your own business [source: Direct Mail Service]:

  • Decide how you want to advertise. Some options include personal visits or phone calls to potential clients, placing ads in local papers, distributing brochures, etc. It's a good idea to make business cards.
  • Be patient. It takes time to build a clientele and a good reputation.
  • Familiarize yourself with each client's needs.
  • Buy any necessary equipment and supplies (e.g. envelopes, labels, label maker, etc.). Don't ask the client to provide anything other than the mailings and address lists.
  • Create a separate database for each client on your computer. Keep this database up to date. It helps to have a good word processor and a database and/or spreadsheet program.
  • Keep your client base at a manageable level. Remember, you'll have to meet each client's timetable and deadlines, so don't take on more than you can handle.