Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes

One of the oldest home business models are companies that advertise work from home stuffing envelopes. You have seen the advertisements in newspapers, magazines, and online. They make large claims that state you will make “X” amount of money for stuffing 100 envelopes. The price is ridiculously high and most people skim past the advertisement thinking that it is a scam.

In a way they are right, and yet they are also wrong.

What Does Work From Home Stuffing Envelopes Entail?

When you respond to an advertisement for stuffing envelopes from home, you most likely accompanied your request with a payment for the information. Keep this important fact in mind. When you receive your package, you will find a nice advertisement that instructs you to:

  1. Purchase an advertising package from the company. This package will contain all of their advertising materials and possibly some printed envelopes.
  2. The instructions will inform you to place an advertisement similar to the one that you responded to in other publications and wait for a response. Once you receive a response, you “stuff the envelope” and receive a portion of the pay.
  3. Some of these companies encourage you to do mass mailings, at your expense with a “Verified” mailing list. The company, in actuality also owns that service.

As you can see, there seems to be a lot of out-of-pocket expense involved in this type of endeavor. The cost of advertising alone can run several hundred dollars a month offline, and there are no guaranteed responses or sales.

This business model is not considered a scam because, in fact, you are being paid to stuff the envelopes when the orders arrive.

Enter The Internet Age

The Internet has created an opportunity for people that wish to work from home stuffing envelopes that is actually to their financial advantage.

Yes, the business model remains the same, but the Internet has many ways to advertise for free. There are hundreds of FFA (Free For All) advertisement sites where you can promote your service without any expense. Each request you receive will be pure profit.

The Internet also provides many other ways to market a product like this for free. Many peole have started blogs promoting their business opportunity and have watched the orders roll in. Others have started forums, built social networks and even used search engine optimization for this type of work, and are succeeding. It is all about how you look at things.

What Can I Expect To Get Paid?

Profits from stuffing envelopes at home relies on two things:

  1. The amount of paying responses
  2. The amount of money spent on advertisements.

As you can see above, you can cut your marketing costs to almost nothing which means your profit relies on the responses you receive. If you actively market your product, you will receive responses. Many Internet business owners state that they spend only a couple of hours a day promoting their business, fewer once it has become well established.


Is stuffing envelopes a scam? In the past, the answer was a definite yes. The programs were designed to make the original company money, not anyone who entered the program. However, with all the wonderful marketing tools that can be used for free on the Internet, the answer now may be no. Reduction of costs and the ability to make a profit lends this business model the credibility it needs to be considered legitimate.