50 Google Docs Templates for Business Success (With 60+ Process Checklists)

50 Google Docs TemplatesIt’s 9:00 am. I grab my morning coffee, boot-up my laptop, and join the 1 billion others logging into Google Drive today.

I go straight to my Google Docs templates folder. As a content writer for Process Street, these templates include planning templates, review templates, and templates designed to record my research.

Suffice to say, my Google Docs templates are the backbone of my content creation process.

As a content writer for Process Street, I’ve built up an extremely efficient writing process that combines the convenience of Google Doc templates (via Google Drive), the clarity and reliability of Process Street workflows and Pages.

By merging Process Street and Google Drive into a simple, repeatable process for content creation, I know I can work productively and consistently meet my deadlines.

For me, Process Street + Google Drive = Success.

That’s why in this article, I’ll show you how you can recreate my process and build your own streamlined automations. I’ll be covering:

Let’s get started!

What is a Google Docs template? (+ a field guide to process documentation)

Simply put, a Google Docs template is a blueprint for quickly and easily creating documents based on pre-set parameters and structure. For example, you might have a Google Docs template for planning a blog article, with all of the typical sections you’d need to fill out to facilitate that plan. It’s basically a tool you can use to automate part of your writing process.

Google Docs is one of the many tools you gain access to when you create a Google Drive account. As stated by Edward Mendelsohn from PC Magazine speaking on the Google Drive suite:

“Visually elegant with effortless collaboration.”Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine

Google Docs is completely free, and is primarily a web-based application that stores and creates documents on the cloud. Text documents, slide presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, surveys, you name it; these can all be created using Google Docs.

It’s also a powerful collaboration tool, allowing multiple simultaneous edits in real time across a single file, making it especially suited for remote teams.

Since 2006, Google Docs has been continuously improved upon and polished into a refined document management system.

Every organization needs business processes

It’s here that we determine what Google Docs is as opposed to what Google Docs is not.

Google Docs is a sublime document writing tool. Writing reports, CVs, invoices, or project proposals has never been easier. It’s part of the G Suite; a suite perfectly suited for document management. But Google Docs is not applicable for process management.

Think about it. Your business processes are an ever-changing and dynamic network of tasks. Tasks need to be completed in a specific order, by specific personnel, at specific times, to get a specific job done. To incorporate something like a Google Docs .doc file into a business process, you need a proper system in place to facilitate automation and integrate these static components together.

So what do we do?

Introducing Process Street.

Process Street is a top Business Process Management (BPM) tool. You can manage your business processes using our refined, adaptable, and dynamic workflows. Once more, you can combine Google Docs within your business processes by setting up a Process Street + Google Docs integration.

To do this:

  1. Write down your business process.
  2. Document your business process as a checklist.
  3. Integrate your Google Docs account with Process Street.
  4. Enjoy the benefits of faster and more efficient processes and document management.

At the end of this article, you’ll be able to just that.

But first up, let’s find out how you can write and document your processes with Process Street.

What is process documentation?

Process documentation is a detailed description of how you can execute a process. With a documented process the exact steps needed to complete a process from start to finish, are outlined.

With Process Street, these exact steps are recorded in a checklist format.

How to use Process Street to document your processes

There has been a lot of work detailing the profound benefits checklists bring to business (read: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande). Using Process Street, you can incorporate this checklist approach to document your business processes.

Take a look at our New Employee Onboarding Checklist workflow, for example:

Click here to access the Employee Onboarding Checklist for free.

As you can see from this workflow, every step during the employee onboarding process has been documented. The user would simply click on this workflow, and run through each step, checking off tasks on completion. At a certain stage in the process, the user may need to create a Google Docs .doc file.

For instance, in the above Employee Onboarding Checklist workflow, the Prepare paperwork task requires the user to record the employee’s information.

This is where Google Docs comes in.

By combining Google Docs with your Process Street workflows, you can create the documents you need at the click of a button. In this instance, the user can prepare paperwork by setting up an integration between Process Street and Google Docs. Once that task is checked off, all employee information can be transferred from the Process Street template into a Google Docs document.

Keep reading and we will show you how you can set this integration up. We will also provide every Google Docs template you will ever need, along with the related business processes to help you make the most of them.

Before all of that though, let’s jump into the basics: How to use Google Docs.

Google Docs templates: How to use Google Docs

Mouses at the ready!

For those of you who are new to the Google Docs platform, have no fear, Process Street is here. Below we have detailed our 3-step process to help you set up a Google Docs account and understand the ground rules.

Step 1: Create a document

Open Google Doc’s home screen. In the top left corner, under Start a new document, click Blank +.

You can also create a new document using this link here.

Step 2: Edit and format

Once your new document is open, you can type and edit as required. Edit text, paragraphs, spacing and more.

Here are some links that may come in handy:

Step 3: Share and work with others

Sharing is caring, and you can share files and folders using Google Docs. Select whether the user can edit, view, or comment on your documents.

For more information on how to share files from Google Docs, click here.

On top of these three steps, the true value of Google Docs comes with the implementation of the app’s core features:

  • Talk instead of type: Say bye-bye to butter-fingers and hello to Google Doc’s built-in speech to text tool. With this feature, words will populate your Google Docs document as you speak. To use this feature, go to Tools > Voice typing. On the right-hand side of your Google Chrome screen, a microphone will appear. Toggle the microphone to control voice activation as required.
  • Clear formatting: Text can easily be highlighted and edited to alter font and font size. Remove formatting from pasted text by highlighting the text, and selecting Clear formatting.
  • Suggestion mode: Stop, collaborate, and listen. Entering edit mode will track changes as they are made. Opportunity is also provided to accept or reject these changes. On the upper right-hand corner of the document, select Suggesting.
  • Add comments and tag others: Draw attention to comments added by tagging relevant individuals. When writing the comment, add a @ or + sign. An email will alert the tagged individuals of the comment made.
  • Add bookmarks: For long documents, bookmarks can be added meaning less scrolling. To add a bookmark, select Insert > Bookmark. A small bookmark item will be added to the edge of your document.
  • Revision history: Step back in time and return to an earlier version of the Google Docs document by going to File > See revision history. Click the version you want to revert to.

You can keep up to date with Google Doc’s new features here.

Each Google Docs feature has been specifically tailored for you, the user, to give you the most beneficial experience. The question is: What are Google Doc’s fundamental benefits that these features expand upon?

The benefits of Google Docs

“Why do anything unless it is going to be great?”Peter Block

As voiced by Peter Block, an American author, when it comes to business, why do anything that cannot be defined as great?

Putting Google Docs in the spotlight, we ask you the below questions to deduce the app’s greatness:

  1. Have you struggled to gain access to documents when working with multiple workstations, mobile devices, and laptops?
  2. Are your spreadsheets and documents shared within teams of people?
  3. Is constant collaboration and feedback a priority within your team?
  4. Do you ask for feedback on projects from people around the globe?

If you answered Yes to any of the above questions, then Google Docs is a great solution for you. The benefits lying at the core of this platform tackle the above situations and issues head-on. As indicated by TrackVia, I have detailed five of these core benefits below:

  1. Version control: Controlling which document version your team works on is a huge asset for your company. You can add and remove collaborators whilst editing who can make changes to a document. Multiple users can enter, edit and evaluate one document at a time. This creates a collaborative platform that augments teamwork.
  2. Easy to learn: If you have experience with other word processing platforms, then you will find Google Docs a breeze. Especially now you have an insight into some of the platform’s top features and functionalities – mentioned above.
  3. Free: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Google Docs is free.
  4. Import/Export flexibility: Say good-bye to error messages and incompatibility issues. Most file types can be imported and exported from Google Docs, giving you the flexibility you need to send and receive files within and outside of your team.
  5. Accessibility: Working remotely, I have a newfound appreciation of the concept of accessibility. With Google Docs, you and your colleagues can collaborate over a coffee, working across two continents. Boundaries are erased. With a strong internet connection, you can access files from teams everywhere. Pretty impressive, huh?

All in all, Google Docs comes into its own when creating, editing and collaborating on documents across the globe. As a business tool, Google Docs can propel the productivity of your business operations. And furthermore, you can use Process Street to drive the creation of your documents. Doing this, you will construct an all-in-one integrated, collaborative, productive process for free. Let me show you how.

Integrating Process Street & Google Docs

In this example, I will work from Process Street’s Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow (click here to access our Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow!), part of our Hotel Management workflow pack.

At the end of our Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow, a report is produced detailing your results. You’re presented with the option to export this report as a Google Docs .doc file, or other file type of your choice. By doing so, you can utilize two tools – Process Street and Google Docs – and reap the benefits they bring, in one swift, quick click.

In this case, an effective, efficient and productive audit process has been run with the help of Process Street. The audit report has then been exported from Process Street to Google Docs for sharing, team edits, and collaboration.

Check out these articles if you’d like to learn more about auditing:

Below I have detailed the 8-step process to how this automation between Process Street and Google Docs has been created, using the Hotel Sustainability Audit as an example. This automation has been set up using Zapier.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 1

Google Docs templates - step 1Re-open a blank version of the Hotel Sustainability Audit. Click on the Edit Template option on the right-hand side of the screen. Once you have opened the Edit Template view, go to the Your Report task and copy/paste the entire text into a new Google Docs document as shown above.

Name this document and save it. When the Zap has been created using Zapier, all the relevant information from your final report will populate the form fields in this document.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 2

Google Docs templates - step 2Set up a Zapier account here, and click on Make a Zap. Select Process Street as your Trigger application. By doing this, you will then be able to access the Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow from your Process Street account in the next steps.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 3

Google Docs templates - step 3Select New Task Checked as the trigger task. When a new task is checked in the Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow, a response will be triggered in Zapier.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 4

Google Docs templates - step -4Make sure to select the Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow and the Export the Report task. Then test to see if the trigger works.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 5

Google Docs templates - step 5Choose an appropriate action app. The Hotel Sustainability Audit report is to export as a new Google Docs document. Google Docs is our action app.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 6

Google Docs template - step 7Select Create a Document from Template as the action step. This will create a Google Docs document from the Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 7

Google Docs template -step 7Edit the new document. Insert the fields from your completed Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow. This will pull the information from the workflow and populate the linked Google Docs document.

Integrating Process Street with Google Docs: Step 8

Google Docs templates - step 8Your final report should come through to your Google Drive as a new document. The information in the Google Docs document report should match the information in your final report created in the Hotel Sustainability Audit workflow.

And that’s it! Your automation is set up. Your workflow can be run time and time again, with the automation unchanging. From Zapier, all you have to do is turn the automation on or off when required.

To re-cap what we have covered so far, we have:

  • Run through a 3-step process to set up a basic understanding of how to use the Google Docs platform.
  • Identified Google Doc’s core features, enabling you to obtain true value from Google Docs.
  • Identified the benefits Google Docs can bring to your business.
  • Found out how to integrate your business processes with Google Docs using Zapier and Process Street.

With the above, you are now in a sure-fine position to implement our 50 (yes, that’s 50!) free Google Docs templates along with the related Process Street processes.

50 Google Docs templates

For ease, I have split these 50 templates into their relevant sections, and added a supplementary section on related Process Street workflows – so you’ll have everything you need to integrate the Google Docs templates with Process Street!

Google Docs templates for marketing

Top challenges for marketers include a lax marketing plan, an unsupported brand image, and a poor professional reputation. Conquering the branding issues, for instance, has been shown to increase revenue by 25%. This demonstrates the extent to which marketing shortfalls can blockade business progression. To help you overcome these marketing challenges, you can use our top marketing Google Docs templates, that have been included below.

⬇️📝 Click here to see Google Docs templates for marketing

Google Docs template #1: Digital marketing template

Google Docs Templates - Digital MarketingClick here to access this digital marketing Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #2: Simple marketing template

Google Docs Templates - Simple MarketingClick here to access the simple marketing Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #3: Corporate business card template

Google Docs Templates - Corporate Business CardClick here to access the Corporate Business Card Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #4: Minimalist business card template

Google Docs Templates - Minimalist Business CardClick here to access the minimalist business card Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #5: Transparent business card template

Google Docs Templates - Transparent Business CardClick here to access the tansparent business card Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #6: Basic business card template

Google Docs Templates - Basic Business CardClick here to access the basic business card Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #7: Purple tri-fold brochure template

Google Docs Templates - Purple Trifold BrochureClick here to access the purple tri-fold brochure Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #8: Business tri-fold brochure template

Google Docs Templates - Business trifold brochureClick here to access the business tri-fold brochure Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #9: Modern brochure template

Google Docs Templates - Modern BrochureClick here to access the modern brochure Google Docs template.

Google Docs templates #10: Creative magazine template

Google Docs Templates - Creative MagazineClick here to access the creative magazine Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #11: Newsletter template

Google Docs Templates - Newsletter TemplateClick here to access the newsletter Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #12: Retail newsletter template

Google Docs Templates - Retail newsletterClick here to access the retail newsletter Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #13: Marketing book cover template

Google Docs Templates - Marketing Book CoverClick here to access the marketing book cover Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #14: Produce promotion flyer template

Google Docs Templates - Product Promotion FlyerClick here to access the product promotion flyer Google Docs template.

Process Street workflows for marketing

Integrate the above Google Docs templates with the following Process Street Marketing workflows to meet all of your marketing needs:

Google Docs templates for finance

Inaccurate, incomplete financial documentation in business is a substantial business cost, expressed in the millions. In this vein, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) imposed penalties above $1.43 million in 2018. Using a Google Docs template for your financial documents can safeguard these documents from fraudulent and negligent activity.

⬇️📝 Click here to see Google Docs templates for finance

Google Docs template #15: Professional invoice template

Google Docs Templates - Professional invoiceClick here to access the Google Docs professional invoice template.

Google Docs template #16: Basic invoice template

Google Docs Templates - Basic InvoiceClick here to access the Google Docs basic invoice template.

Google Docs template #17: (Another) Basic invoice template

Google Docs Templates - Blue and White InvoiceClick here to access the basic invoice Google Docs invoice template.

Google Docs template #18: Delivery invoice template

Google Docs Templates - Delivery InvoiceClick here to access the delivery invoice Google Docs template.

Google Docs templates #19: Business budget template

Google Docs Templates - Business BudgetClick here to access the business budget Google Docs template.

Process Street workflows for finance

Integrate the above Google Docs templates with Process Street’s related workflows to meet all of your financial process needs:

Google Docs templates for HR

Developing your HR department into an effectual team that supports your employees can be a challenge. Ensuring your HR department is recognizing your employees’ hard work is the first step. Consistent employee recognition has been shown to improve employee engagement by 30%. With that said, the below Google Docs templates will help you deliver this first step.

⬇️📝 Click here to see Google Docs templates for HR

Google Docs template #20: Employee appreciation

Google Docs Templates - Employee AppreciationClick here to access the employee appreciation Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #21: Project manager certificate template

Google Docs Templates - Project Manager CertificateClick here to access the project manager certificate Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #22: Business certificate template

Google Docs Templates - Business CertificateClick here to access the business certificate Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #23: Certificate of experience template

Google Docs Templates -Certificate of ExperienceClick here to access the certificate of experience Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #24: Professional experience certification template

Google Docs Templates - Professional Experience CertificateClick here to access the professional experience certification Google Docs template.

Process Street workflows for HR

Integrate the above Google Docs templates with Process Street’s HR-related workflows to meet your HR-related process needs:

Google Docs templates for management

Management of any business activity is tricky. Despite this, excess management is costing the U.S. economy $3 trillion a year. It isn’t a case of pumping more managers into the mix to solve your managerial shortfalls. It is about implementing effectual management strategies. Below are some Google Docs templates to help you do just this.

⬇️📝 Click here to see Google Docs templates for management

Google Docs template #25: Consulting agreement template

Google-Docs-Templates-Consulting-AgreementClick here to access the consulting agreement Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #26: Business process manual template

Click here to access the business process manual Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #27: Annual board meeting template

Google Docs Templates - Annual Board MeetingClick here to access the annual board meeting Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #28: Project proposal template

Google Docs Templates - project proposalClick here to access the project proposal Google Docs template.

Google Docs templates #29: Sales quote template

Google Docs Templates - Sales QuoteClick here to access the sales quote Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #30: Training proposal template

Google-Docs-Templaes-Training-ProposalClick here to access the training proposal Google Docs template.

Google Docs templates #31: Software development template

Google Docs Templates  - Software DevelopmentClick here to access the software development Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #32: Weekly calendar template

Google Docs Templates - Weekly CalendarClick here to access the weekly calendar Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #33: Monthly calendar template

Google Docs Templates - Monthly calendarClick here to access the monthly calendar Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #34: Project timeline template

Google Docs Templates - Project timelineClick here to access the project timeline Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #35: Project tracking template

Google Docs Templates - Project TrackingClick here to access the project tracking Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #36: Gantt Chart template

Google Docs Templates - Gnatt chartClick here to access the Gantt Chart Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #37: Business management book cover template

Google Docs Templates - Business Management Book CoverClick here to access the business management book cover Google Docs template.

Process Street workflows for management

Integrate the above Google Docs templates with Process Street’s management-related workflows to meet your management-related process needs:

Google Docs templates for freelancers & personal use

We, at Process Street, strive to provide business assistance at all levels. That is, from the top end of a business – looking to improve financial and management processes – right down to the personal level. When you consider statistics such as 21% of employees are unsatisfied and unengaged at work, you know something needs to be done.

Below we have provided Google Docs templates to help personnel communicate their ambitions and career needs effectively. This will pair up the right candidate with the right job.

⬇️📝 Click here to see Google Docs templates for freelancers & personal use

Google Docs template #38: Basic resume template

Google Docs Templates - Moo ResumeClick here to access the basic resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #39: White-blue resume template

Google Docs Templates - White blue resumeClick here to access the white blue resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #40: Light-dark resume template

Google Docs Templates - Light and Dark ResumeClick here to access the light-dark resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #41: The clean CV template

Google Docs templates - Clean CVClick here to access the clean CV Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #42: Smart and professional resume template

Google Docs Templates - Smart and Professional ResumeClick here to access the smart and professional resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #43: Laconique resume template

Google Docs Templates - Laconique ResumeClick here to access the laconique resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #44: Infographic resume template

Google Docs Templates - Infographic ResumeClick here to access the infographic Resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #45: Circle-pattern resume template

Google Docs Templates - Circles templateClick here to access the circle-pattern resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #46: Professional visual template

Google Docs Templates - Professional Visual templateClick here to access the professional visual Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #47: Minimalist infographics resume template

Google Docs Templates - Minimalist Infographic ResumeClick here to access the minimalist infographics resume Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #48: Crisp and clean cover letter template

Google Docs Templates - Crisp and Clean Cover Letter templateClick here to access the crisp and clean cover letter Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #49: Contemporary cover letter template

Google Docs Templates - Contempoary Cover LetterClick here to access the Contemporary cover letter Google Docs template.

Google Docs template #50: Minimalist cover letter template

Google Docs Template - Minimalist Cover LetterClick here to access the minimalist cover letter Google Docs template.

Process Street workflows for freelancers & personal use

Integrate the above Google Docs templates with Process Street’s related workflows to meet your personal business career needs:

Process Street + Google Docs: Smooth & efficient processes

Run efficient and productive processes by combining Process Street with the above Google Docs templates.

Remember Google Docs is not a process management tool. The true value of Google Docs is realized when integrated within your business processes. To do this, you need Process Street.

If you are new to Process Street, and still a little unsure about what it is we do, check out the video below for further insight:

As you already know, Process Street is a Business Process Management tool, used to manage your business operations. Process management is achieved by using workflows. Our workflows are not, however, ordinary workflows.

Our workflows are superpowered.

They have functional features that I have detailed below:

  • Stop tasks, to ensure task order.
  • Dynamic due dates, so no deadline is missed.
  • Conditional logic, creating a dynamic workflow that caters to your needs.
  • Role assignments, to ease task delegation within your team.
  • Approvals, to sign tasks off within your team. Tasks can be assessed by the relevant team member/s. The assigned approver can easily open the workflow and information from the tasks is then used to either approve or reject with a comment.

With these features, Process Street’s workflows are dynamite when it comes to managing your business operations.

Once more, you can integrate Process Street with many different applications, not just Google Drive. Take the time to think about that for a moment…

All of those automations to be created…

Each automation tailored to your specific business process needs. Automations that will save you both time and money.

For more information regarding Process Street integrations, visit our Integrations Help Site.

Using Google Docs for knowledge management could be costing you money

Process Street Pages allow you capture, organize, and share your company’s operational knowledge. It’s the best place to host critical documents, such as SOPs or employee onboarding documentation. Basically, any information that may not need to be documented as a dynamic workflow.

You can easily collaborate with your team by sharing pages with them, regardless of which department they’re in.

And best of all, it’s free to access for your whole team!

For more info about Pages, watch the video below:

Do you use Google Docs templates regularly? Have you tried automating Google Drive with Process Street? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jane Courtnell

Hi there, I am a Junior Content Writer at Process Street. I graduated in Biology, specializing in Environmental Science at Imperial College London. During my degree, I developed an enthusiasm for writing to communicate environmental issues. I continued my studies at Imperial College's Business School, and with this, my writing progressed looking at sustainability in a business sense. When I am not writing I enjoy being in the mountains, running and rock climbing. Follow me at @JaneCourtnell.


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