Nowadays many people are interested in giving up punching a time clock and commuting through congested rush-hour traffic for the comfort and convenience of working at home. One type of "work-at-home" job that is simple and requires little or no experience is stuffing envelopes. The only problem is that weeding through all scams and avoiding costly "membership" fees can be difficult when trying to find a legitimate envelope stuffing job. One way to avoid being taken and make money at home stuffing envelopes is to avoid employers altogether and start your own direct mailing service.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Word processing program
- Letter scale
- Postage meter
Research potential client needs and your competitors. Before you get started, decide what type of clients you'd like to target and research their mailing needs. Find out how often they are mailing people, how many contacts are on their mailing lists and what they are mailing. You'll need this information in order to establish what materials will be needed and to figure out what to charge for your services. Look around at other companies offering similar services and find out how much they are charging.
Make sure you have the right equipment. Sometimes you'll be provided with preprinted circulars, pamphlets, envelopes and other mailing materials from your clients. In other cases you may be required to create the materials yourself. You will definitely need a computer with a good word processing program and a printer. If you are producing printed materials yourself, you may also need design software -- like Photoshop or Gimp -- to design promotional materials to stuff your envelopes with. Optional equipment can include envelope and paper folders, a letter scale and a postage meter.
Gather all the necessary mailing materials. To successfully accommodate clients you'll need a number of materials. Stock your work area with paper, envelopes and card stock in a variety of sizes and colours. You may also need adhesive labels, postage stamps and -- if you're doing a lot of printing -- extra ink cartridges.
Create a pricing schedule. Carefully consider factors like the cost of materials and postage, amount of time spent, value of your services and what your competitors are charging. Compile a list of the services you plan to offer and how much each service will cost. Consider and establish package deals and bulk-discount pricing. When you have a solid and neatly organised price list, distribute it to your clients and use it in your marketing endeavours.
Market your services. One of the most important requirements to make money at home stuffing envelopes is having clients. Marketing your services is the most effective way to find them. Compose an introduction letter, make several copies and mail it to all companies you wish to do business with. Make sure to include your list of services and prices and your contact information. You can also visit companies to hand deliver your promotional materials and use social networking websites to create business profiles and interact online with potential clients.
Tips and warnings
- Take a look at what type of circulars and advertisements you are receiving in the mail to get ideas for your direct mailing business and what to stuff your envelopes with.
- Beware of work-at-home envelope stuffing scams. Some envelope stuffing "opportunities" involve hidden costs or questionable materials.
- Thoroughly investigate any envelope stuffing jobs that require upfront payment and scrutinise any terms, conditions or guarantees.
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