At one point in time, we’ve all run across an ad for an envelope stuffing job from home.
It’s advertised as “envelope stuffing,” which supposedly can help you earn up to $1,200 per week, as long as you can keep up with quota.
Sounds interesting, right?
Wrong! It’s a scam.
Well, in the olden days, when machines couldn’t automate tedious tasks for humans yet, envelope stuffing really is a job that companies pay for. But this job has retired once technological advancements paved the way for machines to complete the job at about 10 times faster than humans did.
So how do companies pull off the “envelope stuffing” scam?
3 Ways Envelope Stuffing Jobs Scam People
Stuffing envelopes sound super easy to do.
You just have to lick envelopes to close and do as much as you can. If it were a real job, anybody can do it, even if they don’t have special kills, college degree, or past experience to land the job.
But aside from being attracted to the get-rich-quick scenario, scammers who place ads for envelope stuffing use these 3 methods to trick people:
1. Upfront Fees
The scammers will encourage you to pay for an upfront fee to access a list of assignments, or apply to companies looking for envelope stuffers.
When you hand over your hard-earned money (usually around $30), you’ll discover that there are no assignments to complete, and no companies looking to hire you.
With this kind of scam, you’ll still be required to pay a fee for either a starter kit or job details.
Unfortunately, the guide you’ll receive doesn’t teach you how to stuff envelopes. Instead, it shows you how to recruit your friends, relatives and other people to do the same and advertise these envelope stuffing jobs online in exchange for a commission.
This vicious cycle goes round and round until every one of the referrals try to get back their money, but are forced to do the exact thing that led them to the scam in the first place.
3. Real Work, No Income
In some cases, some companies do provide envelopes to work on, but once you’ve sent it back, the job you do will never be enough to reach standards.
The “company” gives a ton of excuses to avoid paying you.
Both the FTC or Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have written comprehensive guides to warn people about this scam. Read up on FTC’s “Take This Scheme and Stuff It: Avoiding Envelope-Stuffing Rip-Offs” if you’d like to report a company or individual scheming you into taking an envelope stuffing job.
Legit Work-from-Home Alternatives to Envelope Stuffing
The good news is there are plenty of legitimate work-from-home opportunities to try instead of envelope stuffing.
Full-time Legit Work from Home Jobs
Before you get too deep down the rabbit hole, check out which of these 75 legitimate work from home jobs match your skills, interest and experience perfectly.
I bet you a hundred bucks that any job you’ve performed in a traditional setting will have a virtual version available.
For example, if you have a background in accounting, you can help people prepare tax returns, get an online bookkeeping job, and even find an employer looking for a home-based CPA accountant so you could at least keep your current rate.
This is just one example – there are tons of traditional jobs already adapted into the online work landscape.
Plus, you can always learn a new skill and become a Jack-of-all-trades Virtual Assistant.
Sell Stuff Online
Selling stuff online was probably the earliest ways of earning side cash through the internet.
Remember the days when Craigslist used to be a go-to buy and sell site, before eBay swooped into the picture?
Well, today, there are basically thousands of websites catering to various niches. For example, Etsy is a marketplace that promotes handmade items of its creative community, so you can sell crocheted scarves or similar items here.
And if you think you can only sell physical items, here’s where you’re mistaken. You can sell everything from calligraphy, drawings, fonts, and more.
Print on Demand sites, let users post their artwork, which will then available to be printed onto shirts, mugs, canvas, pillows, prints, and so on once a customer orders.
In exchange the artist gets a commission from the PoD site and everyone lives happily ever after.
Earn Quick Cash The Right Way
You can say goodbye to scammy envelope stuffing and data entry.
You don’t have to commit to a full-time job yet, but still earn from multiple sources with quick side cash.
Check out these resources for earning extra cash…
Can’t live without your phone?
You can even work-from-home without using your computer these days. Yes, your smartphone is enough to collect side cash from a bunch of gigs.
Don’t believe me?
Here are 25 ways to make money with your phone.
In the past, people thought about blogging as just a modern-day diary for bored teens.
Today, blogs are used as a way to disseminate information, endorse products, promote services, and many more.
The cool thing about blogging is that you are in total control of your business. You can earn from blogs directly by selling products or services, and passively by placing ads all over your blog, or affiliate links with your blog posts.
Turn Social Media into a Powerful Tool
If you’re on social media, you know how powerful these tools can be.
But did you know that you can incorporate these platforms as part of your money-making machine? If not, learn more about Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and how you could use them to earn money:
- 5 Legit Ways to Make Money on Twitter
- How to Earn Money on Instagram
- Proven Ways to Make Money on Pinterest
- Using LinkedIn to Land Clients and Jobs
Earn Passive Income with Affiliate Marketing
If you’re not in need of regular income anytime soon, passive income will be the savior of your future’s finances.
It has given me freedom to take my business wherever I want, and you can do too.
As long as you’re willing to work hard and be dedicated for the first few months or years of your affiliate marketing campaign, you’ll be on the right track. Not sure what I’m talking about? This is how you start and succeed in building an affiliate marketing business with profitable niches like these.
And if you get stuck with any process during your affiliate marketing project, you know where to find me. I’d gladly help you out.
This list is in no way complete – these were just on the top of my head.
This entire blog is dedicated to giving you free resources of home-based jobs, so I recommend you stick around and check out more posts.
The Bottom Line
I’ve been telling you to stay away from envelope stuffing gigs since 2010. It wasn’t a legitimate gig then, and it won’t be legit ever.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be forced to do these scams in the hopes of landing a legitimate one. Many people have fallen hard for these scams (I’m one of them and is actually the reason why I built IveTriedThat.com. But we’ve survived and shared the stories to warn others for years, so you wouldn’t have to be victimized as well.
I understand that working from home is dream many of us would like to turn real, but I recommend you be careful with online jobs you plan to work on.
There are plenty of income-generating gigs online, both for those who just need side cash and those who prefer to leave their desk jobs for a more flexible home-based job.
The key to your online job hunting success is to do your due diligence: research, review and if something seems too good to be true, steer clear because it probably is.