Free calendars made from online templates, or the free printable calendars that you can customize to your liking, will go a long way toward keeping the happenings and scheduling of your small business a visible priority. Calendars are rather self-explanatory, time-encapsulating devices, but simple tools are sometimes the best tools and when they are not on hand, disasters tend to occur in accordance with the Murphy’s Law. There are a few things to consider when choosing the right one for you. For instance, there are utilitarian calendars with a lot of room to jot down appointments and notes that will help you to keep your business running smoothly. Alternatively, calendars can be designed to showcase your business or have aesthetically pleasing, bucolic settings. These types of calendars can then be distributed to your customers and pull double-duty by serving some of your advertising needs.
Many sites boast of free templates for calendars but when you get right down to it, they only let you print out one or two months free, so I will not send you to those myopic charlatans. We’ll also avoid the sites that make you write in the month and the days after you print it out, unless you prefer to work like a monk in a medieval monastery. For the utilitarian calendars that you don’t need to customize and upload photos for, but rather just want to print out and mark up, go to http://www.free-printable-calendars.com/calendar1main2008.html. There are a few more styles, so browse the site until you find the right time-catcher. More very basic printable calendars are at http://www.printfree.com/Calendars.htm.
I found an impressive array of free customizable templates, especially because they are free and offer all twelve months, at http://www.pbase.com/455rocket/calendar. This site also had useful instructions for the novice to integrate their own photos and text since some people might want to put some inspirational quotes on their calendars as well.
The HP Creative studio has a simple user interface and allows you to integrate your own photos onto a decent selection of templates at http://www.hp.com/hho/hp_create/calendars-standard_monthly.html.
For those of you who prefer to work with what Microsoft has to offer, go to http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/CT101425391033.aspx to browse their template offerings.
If you would rather design your calendar online using your own photos and have the professionals print it, put it together, and then send it to you, one good option is at http://www.lulu.com/en/products/calendars/?OVRAW=Create%20a%20Calendar&OVKEY=create%20your%20own%20calendar&OVMTC=advanced&OVADID=13467577521&OVKWID=138991364521. This option isn’t free but the above site has competitive prices and you can easily find other options with a little surfing. Your local print shop is also worth investigating if you don’t mind paying a little more.
For more calendar options, be sure to check out Custom Calendar Templates and Resources for All Occasions.
With all that information, you should be quite able to design and print your own calendar. The sites listed should also give useful hints on paper selection and binding options. Carpe diem.