Recycle ButtonA few months ago, I wrote a post on document reuse and explained how it can boost your document creation efficiency by 40%, on average. This post provides you a list of my top five document sharing sites where you can find reusable docs of all kinds — invoice templates, study cards, business plan samples, venture capital pitch templates, project management plan templates, graduation announcement templates, balance sheet spreadsheet templates, tournament bracket templates, and so on. There are a lot of so-called “document sharing” sites out there, but not all of them allow you to manipulate the elements (content, structure, style, and rendering) of existing documents fully. The sites that I have listed below do give you full document control, so you don’t have to waste your time re-creating what’s already been created.

1. DocStoc

DocStoc

DocStoc

2. Scribd

Scribd

Scribd

3. Google Docs

Google Docs

Google Docs

4. Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft Office Online

5. Gazhoo.com

  • Brief description: Gazhoo.com (a Scribd company) is a content marketplace that allows users to search for documents, preview half of the content (via Flashpaper) free of charge, and download in full for a price set by the content creator (the seller). For each transaction, Gazhoo.com extracts a draconian fee of 30%. (Look at this way: it’s better than 40%.)
  • Target audience: Business-oriented professionals.
  • Document categories: Business forms, presentations, and templates; legal forms and templates; market research; and reports and essays.
  • File types supported: doc, pdf, xls, ppt, and ppt.
  • Pricing: Based on Gazhoo’s pricing recommendation to sellers, documents are priced anywhere from $1 to $100.
  • More Information:Gazhoo is a Scribd Marketplace” (Mashable) and “Make Money Selling Documents At Gazhoo” (Some Useless Info).
Gazhoo

Gazhoo


Honorable mentions: DivShare and Calaméo.

Other sites reviewed but didn’t make the reuse cut:

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