Is Stuffing Envelopes A Scam Business?
By Brian Miner
You've seen the ads for years - Stuff Envelopes $5 each , become a overnight millionair. Here's the goods.
Basicaly its the easiest mail order business to start. You simply place advertising in magazines and newspapers
( stuff envelopes - $5 to $10 a peice for each envelope stuffed or mailed) . Send $15 to (your P.O.Box or
mailing center) . THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE. A letter about the same as above. You simply copy the letter and
mail it out and collect $15 bucks. Usally your asked to split the profit with the one you got the letter from.
Is it legal? As long as both parties are happy but for just a few dollars you have a business. Most likely
you would have to spend $100 dollars in advertising to make $10 or $15 if your lucky. A $1000 ad might bring
you your $1000 back plus make $150. These small ads are not always cheap. About $1500 hundred for a one inch
add in a popular magazine. If you see the same ad in your favorite magazine buy the same company all year it
is most likely they are making money. Some marketing companies spend $100,000 on these low tech ads and businesses
a week earning their money back and $15,000 . A 5% return is still good. A 50% return is not unheard of.
Some grocery stores only get a 2% return. Scam? If you can start this business why not just find a wholesaler or
distributer and sell the consumer a real product or service. A lot of mail order business start out this way.
Want To Start A Business For Under $5000.
By Brian Miner
How about "order taking". $5000 would be a great amount to start advertising. You place ads in newspapers , classifieds
and take phone orders from home at your kitchen table or home office. It would be like a answering service but you make
a commission for every order you get or appointment you set. A good example would be taking calls for a
roofing company. You place the add, take the call and set appointments with a pre arranged contractor and get a
percentage if the roofer gets the job. Most roofs take one or two days so you would not have to wait that
long to get your commission. Some alarm companies also pay you to get them customers. You may only get a few
calls a week so place lots of ads in newspapers , periodicals , phone directories and maybe hand out fliers. Some newspaper ads
are cheap and if your afraid of losing your $5000, start out small with a few hundred dollars until your confident that
you will get your money back and still make a profit. Whether you want to take orders for a small business or become a
private contractor to a corporate 500 , find the right order management software. They are made for small business ,
corporate and for individual industries. Visit other ordertakers websites and see what they are doing.
You can start out modestly as a semi ordertaker and anwering service with a pencil and pad. A good order taker
can make $28,000 a year. A ordertaker with professional sales ability can make $55,000 and more. A lot of people
start businesses that they know absolutly nothing about but the idea is if you dont know anything about
the business hire someone that can fill in your weak spots.
Is There Money In The Information Business? By Brian Miner
You dont have to be a spy , private detective , consultant or college graduate to sell information. As long as
there are citizens who want to be self employed or rise out of poverty there is a great need for information
and its never been so easy starting a business thanks to the internet. The problem , there are so many
websites and directories to go thru trying to collect information and a lot of them are a waste of time .
Some of the best websites never make it in the top 100 page search results and will never be seen because
of lack of funds to advertise or oporate . Most of the best websites you are looking for are on directory
and links pages of other sites and then you go to their resource and links pages and go thru their sites .
If you know what its like to do exhausting searches you relize you spent hours trying to find resources
than finding good material . Peoples time is worth money . Thats where you come in . Lets say a would be
teenage biologist is concidering taking a course at a college. Instead of going to school with no knowlege of
the biology industry they can buy a complete report of the industry for $29.00 in the US - $15 in Mexico and
less for developing countries. It will include all the top biology websites, grants available for potential
biology students. Where to find companies that sell mailing lists in the biology industry and more - Names and
websites of top biology articles , writers and the best most informable books - Companies and industries
that hire biologists - Some job terms in biology - Names and websites of biology associations - 15 biology
magazines that will send a sample issue free if you e-mail them (include your address). The free magazines
cover price might exceed the cost of the report. Some of these low end magazines may come in handy because they
need articles, content and its cheaper to advertise - When a student gets a assignment and they all go to
the same search engine they get the same old and outdated information . Buying the report will give them a great
inside look and get them 2 steps ahead of their school or professor . (this is not a complete first draft)
Investigate A Business Or Career
You can do a investigative report on how to get into the accounting business and what to specialize in or which job title earns more . It will take you about 2 months of steady and exhausting work to come up with a good report or business plan and it must constantly be improved
and updated . In 2 months you think you have a good report and then you relize it could be even better .
The buyer must feel like they got their moneies worth because you offer a money back gaurantee A first draft
of a business plan must be proporly categorized and in order. It will include what websites and information to look for.
Example : The Print Picture Business - Sell Photographic quality framed prints 1. A estimate on the lowest startup costs and mabe the minimum order accepted for materials 2. Where to buy top quality and popular prints , mattings, paper backing and frames and give the contacts
so they can request catologs from manufacturers or wholesalers 3. Is it cost effective to buy the matting pre-cut so there is no need to purchase special tools and raise the
cost of the business start-up. Where to buy these special tools if they want to eventualy cut their own matting
and make their own frames 4. Can they buy a special large photographic printer and make even better quality prints than available and
where to buy the printer and photographic paper 5. Is there a company that has the rights to give you to copy popular prints 6. Decide what price range you want to offer - $35 - $150 - $375 7. Convince them to get licenced and
start paying taxes as soon as they start making sales so they will get bank credit or money to expand if
their business takes off. 8. Include seven of the best ways to sell your pictures a. Get some placed in furniture stores , you might have to wait until they sell to get paid but doing this
might get your foot in the door b. Comunity bazars c. A flea market guide will tell them about local markets - look for markets that have at least 75 tables
and if you have a catolog or brochure try to get others at the market to sell your pictures d. Sell to restaurants that lack decor or business,s e. you can lease them to hotels and office buildings so they can change their decor periodicly at a
smaller cost than repurchasing f. Tell them how to sell by mail order and how much the shipping and materials cost and where to purchase
them - Advertising in magazines is long term - Explain to them that if you advertise in magazines it may take
months or years for orders to arrive. Magazines lay around for years and they may still get orders. Newspapers
and periodicles get thrown away in days compared to magazines g. How to find independant salesman who will strictly work on commission and offer them a chance at advancement
(this is not meant to be a first or complete draft)
Remember your selling a business plan or report not writing a book so keep it about six pages front and
back - If you can send the reports in a email with all the working links that would be great or a disc - You can
get a password protected website and put the report or plan on a web page and constantly up date it , give each
purchaser a user name and password , If you start out with a report on paper only, include all the links and
intead of long article links give them the name of the articles so all they have to do is enter the title in a
search box and the article will appear .You may want to copy right your report so others wont pirate your
information and if you get others to sell your reports, they can keep $20 and you get the $9
Dont Be Discouraged A good Report Or Business Plan Takes Time And Planning
Keep On Trying GOOD LUCK