Although stuffing envelopes can earn you extra income, you'll want to avoid envelope stuffing scams. These scams abound, especially on the internet. Here are some signs of a scam operation [source: Avoiding Envelope Stuffing Scams]:

  • The ad promises instant success and high income. In reality, stuffing envelopes is tedious and doesn't earn too much.
  • The ad states that you have to invest money to "register" or receive a "starter kit." Often the kit never arrives.
  • The company requests your credit card or bank account number.

So how do you find a legitimate envelope-stuffing job? You have two options:

  • Apply for a job at a business that does a lot of mailing, like print shops, large businesses and major retail chains.
  • Start your own direct mail service.

If you opt to start a direct mail service, you'll work with one or more clients. Here are some pointers for starting your own business [source: Direct Mail Service]:

  • Decide how you want to advertise. Some options include personal visits or phone calls to potential clients, placing ads in local papers, distributing brochures, etc. It's a good idea to make business cards.
  • Be patient. It takes time to build a clientele and a good reputation.
  • Familiarize yourself with each client's needs.
  • Buy any necessary equipment and supplies (e.g. envelopes, labels, label maker, etc.). Don't ask the client to provide anything other than the mailings and address lists.
  • Create a separate database for each client on your computer. Keep this database up to date. It helps to have a good word processor and a database and/or spreadsheet program.
  • Keep your client base at a manageable level. Remember, you'll have to meet each client's timetable and deadlines, so don't take on more than you can handle.