Making money stuffing envelopes is probably one of the oldest work-at-home scams out there! Since 1997 I’ve been warning moms about the dangers of sending money to companies who claim you can make money assembling crafts, getting lists of companies looking for home workers, and last but not least, stuffing envelopes.
It seems so easy … once you pay your money, you’ll get a list of companies who need people to stuff envelopes with their promotional material, invoices, you name it and because you feel you can make money at it, you’ll do it. Unfortunately, that isn’t how the envelope stuffing scam works. Once you send in your cash, all you’ll receive is information on how to place ads, similar to the one you responded to, which scams more people out of their hard-earned money.
But what if you really want to make money this way. About a month ago I found something very exciting for those intrigued with the whole envelope stuffing business. I was amazed to discover that if this is your ideal home business, it really can work.
Katie Veseleny, author of Bizy’s Guide To Making Money With Direct Mail Services took time out to answer a few questions about this possible home-based envelope stuffing business.
Q: Can you really make money stuffing envelopes?
Katie: Well, sure you can. But, don’t expect anyone to drop off boxes of envelopes and inserts and pay you a huge fee to put them together! This is something that will be most successful when you offer total service packages. I prefer to call it Direct Mail Services.
Q: What exactly is a Direct Mail Service Business?
Katie: A Direct Mail Service Business is offering to take away a portion of the nuisance work for your client. Much the same as a business owner would hire an accountant, they will also hire companies (such as yours) to handle this kind of work. Direct mailing is just that … you take the mailing responsibilities away from your client, and let them get back to business. You collect and maintain the mailing lists for them, send out their regular periodic mailings, as well as any sporadic mailings, and help with anything else that will make their business more successful.
Q: How does one start a Direct Mail Service Business?
Katie: Start by looking into who your clients are, knowing their mailing habits and what they need. Put together service packages that really offer benefits. Also, rather than asking your client to provide the inserts, envelopes and mailing labels, you can actually create the inserts needed as well as creating and maintaining their entire mailing list database. I think you’ll find it’s more attractive to your potential client when you’re taking away the bulk of the nuisance work, and allowing the business person to get back to doing what they do best running their business.
Q: How does this business differ from the envelope stuffing scam?
Katie: For starters, it’s your business. You know you’re legitimate. Plus, it’s a total service package. It’s not something that’s going to make you rich overnight … you need to work at it by building a clientele and a biz reputation. I believe that if you do the math when looking at those advertisements, you’ll find it’s absolutely absurd to believe that you could make so much money with little or no work required.
Q: Any last tips or suggestions?
- Take a look at the mail you receive at home. How did you react to it? What changes would you suggest to generate a more positive reaction? Can you verbalize those suggestions to the sender?
- Don’t call it “Envelope Stuffing” that sounds like a scam. It’s Direct Mail Services, which sounds more professional and definitely more credible.
- Look at every business. Don’t cross anyone off the list until they say “no.” Direct Mailing is not just sending out advertisements. Other possibilities include a businesses’ need to respond to requests for more information, sending acknowledgments when receiving resumes, sending greeting cards and appointment reminders, etc. They NEED someone to handle this for them!!
I’ve always found that when you decide to do something, and put your mind to it anything can happen. If starting your own Direct Mail Service Business is something that interests you Katie Veseleny’s ebook, “Bizy’s Guide To Making Money With Direct Mail Services” gives you step-by-step instruction on how to make this business work.
Recommended Books on Starting a Direct Mail or Stuffing Envelopes Business:
- Start Your Own Mail Order Business
- How To Become A Mail Order Millionaire
- Entrepreneurs Guide to Direct Mail Order
- 25 Direct Mail Success Secrets That Can Make You Rich
Liz Folger is the founder of http://www.bizymoms.com . Bizymoms.com is the leading online resource for work-from-home ideas. The site offers home-based business start-up kits, online classes, e-books, chats and enthusiastic support for moms who want to have it all a family and a career. Visit http://www.bizymoms.com for more information.