How to Find Free Sample Documents and Reports

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Thanks to the Internet, the process of finding free sample documents and reports that you can adapt for your own use is much easier than it was in the past. Before the prevalence of home computers, seekers of free example documents had to visit their local libraries and hope there was a book containing the needed information -- at the risk of breaking copyright laws -- or find a friend with a similar document who did not mind sharing. In present times, seekers can sit in their homes, offices or at the beach and find free -- and legal -- documents that they can convert for their own use.

Visit the Legal Services Corporation's website (lsc.gov). LSC is a government website that maintains a database of free and low-cost legal providers arranged by state. Many of the state websites provide documents and reports that you can use as guidelines when writing your own letters to creditors, landlords and government service providers.

Visit the Small Business Administration's website (sba.gov). The SBA provides businesses with many materials to assist management. Lenders typically require business plans from those seeking business loans. This site offers a business plan sample that you can use and adapt for your business through its interactive template.

Visit college websites to obtain sample resumes and other pre-employment documents. Colleges often offer sample resumes, cover letters and follow-up letters to assist students when they are looking for jobs. Some colleges -- such as Cornell University -- have career service departments that provide tips and resources to assist you in writing an effective resume or letter.

Visit SCORE's website (score.org). Score provides many business documents to assist business owners at every stage of planning. While the website offers mentoring, the templates are available without signing up for any services.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult an attorney to verify that the document you download confirms with the laws in your state.
  • Make sure you change the information to reflect you and your company.
  • Only download documents and reports from trustworthy websites to avoid viruses and malware.

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