Today, you are in for a TREAT, my friend. We’re going to be covering how to create worksheets for your online business, without the use of any fancy software. No need to be a graphic designer or hire a graphic designer for this cause ūüôā

Before we get into it, you may be asking yourself, why would you need to be creating these for your audience? Good question.

You can make digital downloads for the purpose of:
‚Ä£ Supplementing an e-course
‚Ä£ Supplementing an e-book
‣  Growing your mailing list with content upgrades such as worksheets, checklists, cheatsheets, and so on and so forth.

Whatever you’re using them for, they’re a great way to help your audience¬†pick their own brain, by figuring out more about themselves, their lives, and their surroundings.

Plus, they’re pretty fun to make once you get the hang of it.

We’re going to cover 3 different ways of creating your digital download: One on Apple Pages, one on Google Docs, and the other on Canva. Personally, I prefer the Apple Pages version, as I find the other two ways to be a little more limiting, but please feel free to work with what you have.

* I would also like to note that the options below are free under the premise that they¬†are used through the software itself or used as a printable. If you’re looking for your text fields to be editable through PDF, the only way to do so is by converting it to¬†PDF through the Adobe Acrobat software, which is a paid subscription. Both options are¬†explained below.

Let’s get started!

 

How To Create Worksheets For Your Online Business + Blog with Apple Pages, Google Docs, and Canva | Learn how to make a high-quality digital product to use as a content upgrade or even as a supplement to an e-course or e-book. Also includes a free, downloadable workbook template if you aren’t up for creating your own! Click through to engage more with your audience and grow your online business, by using lead magnets and freebies.

 

1. Apple Pages

Step One: ¬†Open¬†a¬†blank document. Select ‘document’ on the top right side of the page. Uncheck ‘document body’ to convert to a page layout. This will remove any margins on your page, so you can add in any shapes or text, without being shifted. Look over¬†‘header’ and ‘footer’ and decide if you’ll be placing your website’s url or logo on each page.

Apple Pages, Step One

 

Step Two:  Begin designing your document.
‣ Use the top navigation menu to add in shapes, texts, and charts of your choice.
‚Ä£¬†The right hand ‘format’ tab will allow you to pick the style, text, and arrangement of your object.
‚Ä£¬†If you’d like to add in an image from your computer, simply drag it into your document.
‚Ä£¬†To have multiple pages, click ‘insert’ in the top navigation menu and click ‘page’.
‚Ä£ Use shapes and lines to indicate where your audience should enter in their answers.

Apple Pages, Step Two

 

Step Three:¬†If you’re looking to¬†send them the document as is, all you have to do is save it and send it to them. Once your audience¬†receives it, they’ll be able to edit it through their own Apple Pages at home.

Apple Pages, Step Three

 

Step Four:¬†If you have Adobe Acrobat and you’re looking to create a PDF version of your document, click ‘file’ > ‘export to’ > ‘PDF’. Select ‘prepare form’ from the menu. In the top navigation bar, select ‘text box’. These are the areas¬†your audience will use to type in their text, so place the boxes accordingly. You can change the size of them by simply dragging the outer corners.

Apple Pages, Step Four

 

Step Five:¬†Once you have your text areas placed where you’d like, double click on the box. This will trigger a pop-up box, by the name of ‘text field properties’. In the ‘general’ tab, beside ‘form field’, select whether or not you’d like your shape to be visible to your audience.

Adobe Text Field Properties

 

Step Six:¬†In the ‘appearance’ tab, select your ‘border colour’ and ‘fill colour’ by clicking on the small boxes. Unchecking ‘transparent’ will give you what you’d like. If you’re not interested in having a border or a fill colour, then simply leave ‘transparent’ checked.

Appearance Tab

 

Step Seven:¬†Select the font size, font type, and text colour for your audience’s text.

Change Fonts and Text

 

Step Eight:¬†Click over to the ‘options’ tab, and select the alignment. Ensure that ‘multi-line’ and ‘scroll long text’ are selected, otherwise your audience will be typing in one long¬†line,¬†instead of the up-down text you and I are used to. Click ‘close’.

Multi-line

 

Step Nine: Do not copy and paste your text boxes, otherwise when your audience tries to enter in their answers, the first answer will populate to all of the other text areas.

Do Not Copy and Paste

 

Step Ten: Periodically, use¬†the ‘preview’ button to see what your document will look like to your audience. Type where you’ve placed your text areas and adjust them so they’re levelled and you’re happy with the way they look.

Preview Button

 

2. Google Docs

Step One: Open a blank document. Click on ‘file’ in the navigation menu, and then ‘page setup’. Set the margins of top and bottom¬†to¬†0 inches to remove the document body of the page. Keep the left and right margins at 1.

Google Docs, Step One

 

Step Two: Begin designing your document.
‚Ä£¬†To insert a shape, click on ‘insert’ in the navigation menu, and scroll over to ‘drawing’. Select the ‘shape’ icon and click on the one you’d like to use. Drag your cursor to shape how large you’d like for it to be. From there, you can select your fill colour and/or your line colour (aka the border colour). Select ‘transparent’ if you’d like neither.
‚Ä£¬†To add¬†an image to your document, click on ‘insert’ > ‘drawing’, and then just drag the image you’d like from your computer and into the document.
‚Ä£ To move your objects around in the document, select the shape or image, and click ‘wrap text’. This way you’re able to place it anywhere on the page. If you’d like more or less space between the object and your text, select the object once again, and choose¬†the size of your margin in the drop down menu.

Google Docs, Step Two

 

Step Three:¬†If you’re looking to send your audience the document as is, they will be able to¬†add in their answers¬†through their own Google Docs. To do this, click on ‘share’ in the top right hand corner. Where you’ll see ‘Anyone at [your name] with the link can view’, click the drop down¬†arrow, and select ‘more’. Select ‘On – Anyone with the link’. Leave the access field as ‘can view’. Make sure to let your audience know¬†that in order for them to be able to edit the document, they will need to create a copy of it.

Google Docs, Step Three

 

Step Four: If you’ll be converting your Google Document to PDF, simply click ‘file’ > ‘download as’ > ‘PDF document’.¬†Select ‘prepare form’ from the menu in Adobe Acrobat. In the top navigation bar, select ‘text box’. These are the areas¬†your audience will use to type in their answers, so place them accordingly. You can change the size of them by simply dragging the outer corners.

Google Docs, Step Four

 

Step Five:¬†Once you have your text areas placed where you’d like, double click on the box. This will trigger a pop-up box, by the name of ‘text field properties’. In the ‘general’ tab, beside ‘form field’, select whether or not you’d like your shape to be visible to your audience.

Google Docs, Step Five

 

Step Six:¬†In the ‘appearance’ tab, select your ‘border colour’ and ‘fill colour’ by clicking on the small boxes. Unchecking ‘transparent’ will give you what you’d like. If you’re not interested in having a border or a fill colour, then simply leave ‘transparent’ checked.

Google Docs, Step Six

 

Step Seven:¬†Select the font size, font type, and text colour for your audience’s text.

Google Docs, Step Six

 

Step Eight:¬†Click over to the ‘options’ tab, and select the alignment. Ensure that ‘multi-line’ and ‘scroll long text’ are selected, otherwise your audience will be typing in one long¬†line,¬†instead of the up-down text you and I are used to. Click ‘close’.

Google Docs, Step Eight

 

Step Nine: Do NOT copy and paste your text boxes, otherwise your audience will have their first answer populate to all of the other text areas.

Google Docs, Step Nine

 

Step Ten: Periodically, use¬†the ‘preview’ button to see what your document will look like to your audience. Type where you’ve placed your text areas and adjust them so they’re levelled and you’re happy with the way they look.

Google Docs, Step Ten

 

3. Canva

Step One:¬†Select the ‘US letter’ template (8.5in x 11in is best).

Canva. Step One

 

Step Two: Begin designing your document.
‚Ä£ To insert¬†shapes and lines, select ‘elements’ from the right hand navigation menu. Drag the outer corners to change the sizes to your liking.
‚Ä£ Text and background colour are also available via the right hand menu.
‚Ä£ Enter in¬†your own images by clicking the ‘upload’ button.
‚Ä£ To add more than one page, click the ‘add a new page’ button directly under the document.

Canva, Step Two

 

Step Three:¬†To allow others to type in their answers through Canva, click the ‘public’ button in the top right hand menu. Then hit ‘share’, select ‘link’, and ensure that ‘can edit’ is selected. You can now share your link with¬†your¬†audience and they will be able to¬†input their answers on¬†the Canva platform.
* Make sure to let your¬†audience know that they must¬†make a copy of the document in their own Canva, otherwise your work and everyone else’s worksheets will be altered by their changes. I really don’t recommend¬†the letting-others-edit-in-Canva option, but this option is available¬†if you’re very trusting ūüôā

Canva, Step Three

 

Step Four:¬†If you’d like to make your Canva worksheet an¬†editable PDF,¬†click ‘download’ in the top right hand menu, select ‘PDF – Standard’ as your file type, and hit ‘download’.¬†Select ‘prepare form’ from the menu in Adobe Acrobat. In the top navigation bar, select ‘text box’. These are the areas¬†your audience will use to type in their answers, so place them accordingly. You can change the size of them by simply dragging the outer corners.

Canva, Step Four

 

Step Five:¬†Once you have your text areas placed where you’d like, double click on the box. This will trigger a pop-up box, by the name of ‘text field properties’. In the ‘general’ tab, beside ‘form field’, select whether or not you’d like your shape to be visible to your audience.

Canva, Step Five

 

Step Six:¬†In the ‘appearance’ tab, select your ‘border colour’ and ‘fill colour’ by clicking on the small boxes. Unchecking ‘transparent’ will give you what you’d like. If you’re not interested in having a border or a fill colour, then simply leave ‘transparent’ checked.

Canva, Step Six

 

Step Seven:¬†Select the font size, font type, and text colour for your audience’s text.

Canva, Step Seven

 

Step Eight:¬†Click over to the ‘options’ tab, and select the alignment. Ensure that ‘multi-line’ and ‘scroll long text’ are selected, otherwise your audience will be typing in one long¬†line,¬†instead of the up-down text you and I are used to. Click ‘close’.

Canva Step 8

 

Step Nine: Do NOT copy and paste your text boxes, otherwise your audience will have their first answer populate to all of the other text areas.

Canva, Step Nine

 

Step Ten: Periodically, use¬†the ‘preview’ button to see what your document will look like to your audience. Type where you’ve placed your text areas and adjust them so they’re levelled and you’re happy with the way they look.

Canva, Step Ten

 
 

There you have it, friends! 3 ways to create awesome digital downloads for your online business. Have you created worksheets as an opt-in yet? If not, which of these 3 will you be trying? Let’s chat below!

 
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