Many home envelope stuffing jobs may seem like a good opportunity to earn extra money from home, but many of these jobs are actually business sales opportunities that require you to recruit other people to send the company a payment for a processing fee or a "program" to make money stuffing envelopes. In short, most envelope-stuffing jobs, particularly those that require you to send in money up front for any type of fee, information packet or program instructions, are not opportunities that will pay you for simply putting information in envelopes. They operate as a revolving door operation to get more people to send in money hoping for a home-business opportunity. There are ways to get paid to stuff envelopes, however, though finding these opportunities can be difficult.
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Contact local print shops or publishing houses that distribute sales pamphlets and other information through direct mail. Ask them if they need anyone to help process their mail orders by stuffing and addressing envelopes.
Search online ad directories, such as Craigslist, and look at flyer postings at local businesses for people who distribute certain products, such as cosmetics, cleaning products or weight-loss products. Contact these individuals, and ask them if they have a direct mail side to their business. Offer your services stuffing envelopes, and negotiate a fee per envelope.
Market yourself as more than an envelope stuffer to get the best opportunities. Since most legitimate opportunities will involve sales information for direct mail companies, consider reading books or taking a course on copywriting or graphic design. If you don't have these skills, try teaming up with someone who does. If you can offer to write and design sales letters, pamphlets and brochures as well as stuff them into envelopes and mail them, direct mail marketers may be more likely to hire you.
Tips and warnings
- Most legitimate envelope stuffing opportunities you find will not pay much, but they can be a good way to make extra money depending on how productive you are.
- Never pay for a home-based job or opportunity. Legitimate work-at-home jobs may ask for information from you, but they will never require a fee for information. Some companies do require a fee for a background check, but this is usually payable directly to the background checking company.
- Always draw up a written contract with any new envelope-stuffing client that specifies how much you will be paid and when you can expect to receive payment. This helps protect you from scams and gives you a written document if you ever need to take a client to court to get the money you're owed.
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