Running an Internet search for envelope stuffing jobs from home will pull up an endless list of various opportunities. Many of these advertisements will claim that they have contract workers that make large amounts of money by simply stuffing a few envelopes in the comfort of their home. There are those that say all of these advertisements are mere scams. There are others that say some are legitimate jobs, and others are not. There are certain facts that a person may want to consider while exploring these jobs.
There are a couple of different ways that these companies work. Many times both scenarios involve a payment of a registration fee. There are certain questions and concerns that a person should consider with each of these cases before sending over that payment.
With the first scenario, after a person sends in a registration fee they will receive a package from the company. This package will contain envelopes and the material that will be stuffed into them. The receiver of this package will stuff these envelopes, and then send everything back to the company. The company will pay the envelope stuffer only for those envelopes that they deem appropriately stuffed.
In this case, one should be warned that even though the company may advise that a certain percentage of the envelopes were not appropriately stuffed, there is nothing keeping the company from simply putting all of the stuffed envelopes in the mail. The contract worker has no way of finding out if the rejected envelopes were still good enough to go through the mail.
In a second scenario, it begins the same way. A person interested in making some extra money will send in a fee. However, instead of a package, they receive a copy of the advertisement to which they are replying. The receiver is supposed to stuff this into an envelope and send it onto someone else. If that person pays the registration fee, then the person in the middle will receive a certain percentage of the fee, a percentage that is usually a small amount.
There are variations on this scheme. In some cases, the sender of the advertisement will keep a bigger percentage of the registration fee. However, they will still need many replies in order to come close to breaking even with the amount they paid out themselves, and they are paying the postage out of pocket.
The Federal Trade Commission suggests that anyone interested in an envelope stuffing job may want to ask a few questions before proceeding.
What are each of the steps involved with this particular opportunity?
Is the pay a salary or commission based, and what is the evaluation process for determining how much to pay if commission based?
Who will be sending the actual payment for the job once complete?
What is the time line for payment? Exactly when will the first check be received, and how is payment sent?
What are the total costs involved? If there is a registration fee, are there additional fees, and how is postage paid?
Another fact that one should take into consideration is that there is a number of envelope stuffing machines. While they may seem expensive, they may not be considered that expensive to a company that regularly sends out mailers to customers.
Envelope stuffing jobs have been advertised for many years. However, it seems with the dawn of the Internet that advertisements for these jobs have increased greatly. A person may want to explore everything involved with envelope stuffing jobs from home before sending in a payment.