Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes

Advertisements promoting opportunities to work from home stuffing envelopes continue to appear in the classified sections of newspapers and magazines despite the scheme's reputation for being a scam. The ads exist because people continue to respond to them. "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be," wrote King Solomon. "And that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us" (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10). The envelope-stuffing fraud may not be go back as far as the days of King Solomon, but its popularity continues even though a simple Internet search results in numerous articles that exposes the scam. The Internet search will also bring up websites that promote the so-called opportunity, further proving King Solomon's message. Here is one certainty: no one is going to get rich by answering a work from home stuffing envelopes advertisement whether it's in a newspaper or on the Internet. But those who do go ahead and respond are going to be a little poorer.

The scam is actually quite simple. The scammer places advertisements in print media touting the incredible income to be gained from stuffing envelopes in one's spare time in the comfort of one's own home. This individual may even establish a website advertising the work from home stuffing envelopes opportunity. The ad states that interested persons should send a certain amount of money to get more information. According to the ad, the money indicates that the person is serious about the opportunity. The amount, perhaps around $30, is not so outrageous as to keep people from responding to the ad. But it's also a pretty good return for the scammer who, of course, also promises in the ad that satisfaction is guaranteed. Women with young children at home seem to be favorite targets of this type of scam. They want to be home with their children, but the young mothers also want to help contribute to the family income. She responds to the advertisement and dutifully sends in the requested amount. The mom may expect to get envelopes, materials to put inside the envelope, and either mailing labels or a mailing list. But what does she actually receive in return for her money? Instructions for placing her own classified advertisements promoting opportunities to work from home stuffing envelopes. It's like a strange, entangling circle. The only way for the mom to earn money is to become a scammer herself and trap other unsuspecting individuals into sending her a check to receive the same type of information. Only the unscrupulous really need apply.

An old classic movie shows a scene where two young mothers address envelopes, by hand, to earn a small amount of money per envelope. Perhaps there was a time when companies actually did pay people to work from home stuffing envelopes and addressing them. But even then, the income would hardly have been enough to support a family. With today's technology and automated processes, companies can do this work for virtually pennies per mailing piece. Before responding to such an ad, an individual should consider how little sense it makes for a company to take the time and spend the money to contract this work out to strangers. Will a business really send its mailing materials and address list to someone who has provided no guarantee as to how quickly the job will be done and who will expect to get paid more than what it would cost to do the work with automatic paper folders and packaging machines? No, that just doesn't make sense at all.

All that being said, there may be a legitimate way to work from home stuffing envelopes and actually getting a paycheck for doing so. But it's going to require more time and effort than writing out a check in response to a classified ad. People who really interested in this type of work can establish a business that offers mailing services. These services may include packaging the client's materials, addressing the envelopes, and ensuring the items are mailed on or before the client's requested mail date. Additionally, the business can maintain updated address distribution lists on behalf of the client. Establishing such a business requires the same attention to detail and groundwork as beginning any entrepreneurial venture. The entrepreneur needs to write a business plan that includes a mission statement, budget, and promotional strategy for finding clients who need, and will pay, someone to work from home stuffing envelopes, then address and mail them.

Not all companies have the machinery to handle mass mailings. This is a niche that can be filled by someone who presents a professional package of services at reasonable prices. Before jumping into the venture, though, the entrepreneur should do competitive market research to ensure that a decent income can be earned from offering these types of services. Local chambers of commerce and economic development centers may be able to assist in this research. The U.S. Small Business Administration has offices nationwide and can be a great resource for entrepreneurs. Additionally, the entrepreneur can contact mass mailing companies to see if smaller jobs are subcontracted out and the process for becoming a subcontractor. Local legislative and congressional offices may utilize the services of small direct mail companies to send out periodic newsletters and other informational materials to their constituency. By making an appointment with local staff, the entrepreneur may find a business opportunity. Starting this type of business won't be easy, but it sure beats falling for the work from home stuffing envelopes scam.

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