Starting an Envelope Stuffing Business

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Many small businesses usually use direct mail in their advertising and promotional campaigns. However, it’s quite often seen that not all of them have the internal capacity to prepare their brochures, pamphlets, and letters for mailing. That is where envelope suffers come in.

An envelope stuffing business involves folding, stuffing, sealing and sometimes addressing envelopes, in fact, many thousands of envelopes. Here are some of our tips and advice you will surely find useful while you begin your own envelope stuffing business.

Market OpportunityEnvelope Stuffing
Home operational Yes
Startup costs $800-1000

You will need to show high tolerance while you do the repetitive, let’s be honest, boring work. Furthermore, you should be having a good knowledge of postal regulations and most importantly be able to effectively market your services to your potential clients.

Stuffing envelopes manually is a time-consuming job and impedes production. In order to minimize the time taken and at the same time increase your work production, it would be a good idea to invest in a couple of equipment. The time taken to complete the tasks involved in stuffing envelopes can be greatly reduced while using the 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 important items should not cost you more than $600.

In addition to the above suggested equipment, you will need to invest some money for producing some promotional materials to help you get word out about your services in the market. There is perhaps no better way to showcase your services than trying direct mailing to the potential customers.

You can easily operate your envelope stuffing out of your own home. That will put you in a position to keep your overheads fairly low. Moreover, as your business grows, you can subcontract work out to the other at-home workers.

The typical rates for envelope stuffing range from 25 cents – 50 cents per envelope. If you do stuffing job manually (without a letter feeder), you will be able to stuff from 100-150 envelopes per hour which given the current rates equates to an hourly rate somewhere between $25-$75 per hour.

An envelope stuffing is one such type of business that is typically done on a part-time basis. Your monthly and annual income generation will vary, depending on the amount of work you can pick up from your clients and the number of hours you can work.