using templates with office365

I have a confession to make. I can’t always be creative nor to do I have time to outsource all my work to someone who is. The truth is I am usually in  a big hurry. Sound Familiar?  Who doesn’t like tools that save time? I am a huge fan of  office templates to make my projects look jazzy and very professional looking. I often get compliments on our business material and I have to admit that I do  a lot of it myself with templates.

Here is my secret to good branding success: Invest in great  logo design, keep it simple, clean and use templates to make your design fancier than you are. Then repeat. Be consistent with your branding from piece to piece, and soon you will look bigger and bolder then you thought possible! That’s the point right?

DIY- My Style:

Office has had simple temples for years.  They improved drastically in the last few years, with their game coming to an all time high with the release of Office 365.  You can find some kick ass templates for  PowerPoint (amazing for new client proposals), Publisher (for designing a simple flyer that looks professionally done.) or  Word (which has some seriously impressive and versatile  templates for a variety of projects).  The stock photos in all programs are great to give a professional and polished look. I prefer photos over clip art in most circumstances… but your customer profile can help decide what makes most sense.

Not finding what you are looking for? 

No problem. When I can’t find the templates I am looking for I always look on Microsoft’s web site for additional templates. It is super easy to do and  takes all of two minutes to download and open in the corresponding program.

 

Here is an example of a Word Template for a real estate agent 

 

Go take a look for yourself

Here is the link for the Office templates online. Simply choose which program you are interested in and type in what you are searching for. There are also extensive categories to explore. You could have a new piece ready within 20 minutes easily! How’s that for a time crunched solution?