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Envelope Stuffing Jobs - Can I really make money working from home doing envelope stuffing?
Working from Home Stuffing Envelopes
Firstly - there are much easier and better paying ways to make money than envelope stuffing!
Stuffing envelopes used to be accepted as a genuine way to earn extra cash working from home. But since the 1950's, bulk commercial mailing has become completely automated with sophisticated machinery able to print, fold and insert letters and mailshots into envelopes.
In 2014, 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.
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 really no demand 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 just is not viable to employ anybody to work from home packing envelopes by hand anymore.
Stuffing envelopes from home in the UK has now become a well known scam opportunity. Envelope stuffing job 'opportunities' are targeted towards vulnerable, disabled, housebound and the unemployed.
Adverts for Envelope Stuffing Jobs
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
Sound 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.
The alarm bells should ring if an advert contains any or all of the following:
How to Avoid the Scams
Some envelope filling 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 or get a refund, but in practice
this almost never happens.
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 seperate 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.
Legitimate 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 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!
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