Starting an Envelope Stuffing Business
Many businesses use direct mail in their advertising and promotional campaigns. However, not all of them have the internal capacity to prepare their brochures, pamphlets or letters for mailing. This is where you come in.
An envelope stuffing business involves folding, stuffing, sealing, and sometimes addressing envelopes, many thousands of envelopes!
You will need a high tolerance for repetitive (and let’s be honest, boring) work. You will also need to possess a reasonable knowledge of postal regulations and be able to effectively market your services to potential clients.
If you want to minimize the time taken to complete the tasks involved in stuffing envelopes it would be a good idea to invest in a couple of pieces of equipment.
A good quality letter folder can automate the process of folding A4 or letter-sized paper to fit into a DL envelope. A manual feed letter folder will set you back at least $200, but will save you a considerable amount of time and effort.
Depending on the type of envelopes your clients prefer, you may want to look at purchasing a letter sealer as well. These two items should not cost you more than $500.
Other than the equipment suggested above, you will need to invest some money in producing some promotional materials to get the word out about your services. What better way to showcase your services than to try direct mailing to potential customers?
An Envelope Stuffing business can easily be run out of your own home which will enable you to keep your overheads fairly low. As the business grows you can subcontract work out to other ‘at home’ workers.
Typical rates for envelope stuffing range from 25c – 50c per envelope. If you are folding manually (without a letter feeder) you will be able to stuff 100 – 150 envelopes per hour which equates to an hourly rate somewhere between $25 – $75 per hour.
This type of business is typically done on a part-time basis. Your annual income will vary depending on the amount of work you can pick up and the number of hours you work.