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Envelope Stuffing Jobs - can I really make money working from home doing envelope stuffing?

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Working from Home in the UK Stuffing Envelopes in 2019


envelopes for stuffingFirstly - there are much easier and better paying ways to make money at home than envelope stuffing jobs!

Read about envelope packing and stuffing scams below or check out our free top 100 ways to earn money at home.

Stuffing envelopes may once have been accepted as a genuine way to earn extra cash working from home. But over the last fifty years bulk commercial mailing has become completely automated with sophisticated machinery able to print, fold and insert letters and mailshots into envelopes.

These days, nobody needs to employ people to work from home packing and posting envelopes - machinery is much quicker and cheaper.

Computers and printers are now cheap to purchase, and the requirement for someone to sit and laboriously fold or hand-write envelopes and labels is virtually zero.

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Modern computer-controlled machinery now completes the work of envelope stuffing much quicker and cheaper than humans, (even those from third-world countries willing to work below the minimum wage).

There is no demand anymore for people to manually stuff a couple of hundred envelopes a day at home, when a machine can complete stuffing hundreds of thousands of envelopes in the same period.

It is just not viable to employ anybody to work from home packing envelopes by hand anymore.

Stuffing envelopes from home in the UK is now a well known scam. Envelope stuffing job 'opportunities' are targeted towards vulnerable, disabled, housebound and the unemployed.

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Make cash by stuffing envelopes - Too good to be true?

woman holding envelope with textAlmost all adverts for Envelope Stuffing Jobs are Scams!

Many people are looking for flexible work that they can do at home, and there are always lots of adverts for envelope stuffing jobs. The reality is that it is no longer a valid way to earn money working from home envelope stuffing - machinery completes the work much cheaper than anyone could do manually working from home.

Envelope stuffing ads are now unfortunately nearly all scams - only there to part you from your hard-earned cash by asking you for an upfront registration fee. That is usually the only point that any money is made from filling envelopes - and it isn't you doing the earning!

A typical advert might ask you to send a 'registration', 'sign up' or 'enrolment' fee, of anything from £20 to £50 or money for a 'business' or 'starter' pack. The advert will generally promise high earning jobs (typically hundreds per day) for minimum effort filling envelopes or folding paper, with no skill required.

Sounds too good to be true? It is!

Once you've sent off your 'investment', you'll either receive nothing or you'll be sent a letter which explains how you can earn money persuading other people to do just what you did i.e. post advertising to get new victims to respond to your ads.

It is like a chain letter of empty work promises - there is no 'work' apart from perpetuating the scam by getting other people to sign up and send you money. There are many variations on a theme, but they all promise much and deliver little.

The alarm bells should ring if an advert contains any or all of the following:

  • Promise of huge earnings, even with little or no experience or skills
  • A company that you've never heard of
  • PO box number mailing address
  • Mobile phone or no contact number
  • A request that you send money before you can start
  • The ad is elusive about what the work actually is
  • Tacky pictures of yachts, fast cars, piles of money and big houses (see above!)

How to Avoid Envelope Stuffing Scams

Some envelope stuffing scams will take a two stage approach where the initial information is free. In this case you'll receive a flyer explaining the 'benefits' of the scheme and asking for payment to be sent to get you started. They will usually guarantee that you make money from envelope packing or get a refund, but in practice this almost never happens.

Once you have sent money, there is virtually zero chance of getting it back - the advertiser will either ignore your requests and not answer your emails and calls, or point out whichever part of the small print says you can't have a refund because 'earnings are not guaranteed ' or whatever.

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Too good to be true?

There is always a high demand for work which can be done at home, so the scammers only have to convince a small proportion of their target audience to send in money for that 'golden envelope filling, folding or addressing opportunity', and they can make a good profit.

The envelope stuffing scam has worked for years and has made the jump from the newspaper small ads and posters to the internet where it can still separate the unwary from their hard-earned cash!

Like dubious home assembly and piecework jobs, scams will unfortunately continue, as long as there are people who are desperate for money looking for unskilled work they can do at home. The scam targets the vulnerable such as the unemployed, sick, stay-at-home mums and the retired or housebound who are easy targets because they are often actively looking for ways to increase their income.

Always ask yourself what the advertiser has to gain by going to the trouble of farming out this kind of work - if it paid that well, they'd do it themselves or pay minimum wages to a warehouse full of people envelope stuffing. In the end it's just the advertiser that makes money - your upfront fee is the answer to their advertised 'secret of success' with envelope stuffing.

Legitimate Envelope Stuffing Jobs

There is always the exception that proves the rule, and some small to medium sized businesses may still have a requirement for some genuine manual envelope filling and labelling work.

Also some graphic design, marketing and other businesses occasionally need people to manually pack specialist mailshots which aren't suitable for mechanical handling. There are a couple of companies which outsource this kind of mailshot work but, as always, do a bit of research on them before you start work.

work from homeLegitimate envelope stuffing jobs can take the form of work from home packing greeting cards, special invitations and promotions.

People will often still open a hand-written envelope, whereas they will bin anything that looks like an advertising or marketing mailshot; so there is still a small niche market for envelope stuffers.

Warning. We must emphasise that there is in reality, a very limited legitimate job market for envelope stuffing from home.

Don't forget that you can combine this kind of work with other skills you may have, such as design and calligraphy to make a package that might be attractive to business users.

If you have the necessary skills and PC / printer equipment, you could also offer a full direct mail service to small companies, organising mailing lists, mailshots, leaflets and newsletters etc.

This kind of work, although genuine, can be hard to find even when it's outsourced. It's rarely advertised, but more often placed with 'friends of friends' or employees as overtime.

The best way to find these kind of vacancies is to enquire with small businesses in your area - you could even try mailing them with a sample of your work. Although it will not make you rich overnight, it may provide some extra money and it is real work that you can do from home. Forget the enticing adverts promising loads of money for envelope stuffing - they are almost always a con to part you from your money.

Essentially, with the exception of the specialist mailshots such as greeting cards described above, there is no easy way to make money working from home stuffing envelopes.

Take our advice and don't send money to anyone who claims otherwise - if anyone asks you for money up front for a job opening, it's virtually guaranteed to be a rip-off!

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Common Paper and Envelope sizes

Letter (US)
216 x 279
210 x 297
229 x 324
Fits an A4 flat
148 x 210
162 x 229
Fits an A5 or A4 folded in half
216 x 343
110 x 220
Fits an A4 folded in thirds

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