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20 Million Professional Docs

Published 11/01/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
What can you use the app for?

Docstoc is an online community where people can go to share professional documents with one another. Docstoc claims to have over 20 million different professional documents available on its site and available for search. Some of the documents can only be accessed via a premium membership. Additionally, some of the documents can be customized or created via the site through a simple wizard. There are also videos available on the site that businesses can use for their sites. Docstoc also offers over 20 online courses for users to access and to start growing their business. On Docstoc users can sell their documents and make money from them. Users can also embed documents into their website to improve their image to their site visitors. Docstoc allows users to use MyDocs for online storage. The site also supports bulk uploading of documents via a function called Sync. Users can also email large documents via the site. Finally, Docstoc allows users to monitor their private docs as well. Some use Docstoc for hosting their instructional manuals, proposals, whitepapers and more.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Docstoc is the premier online site to help people start and grow their business. It hosts the best quality and largest selection of professional documents. Per Quantcast, Docstoc is among the top 500 most visited websites. It claims to have over 25 million registered users. Docstoc Inc was founded by Jason Nazar (creator or Startups Uncensored) and Alon Shwarts (a previous product manager at MySpace). The site launched in October 2007 and it is located in Santa Monica, California.

What are the differences to other apps?

Docstoc's focus is on providing professional looking content to small businesses and entrepreneurs. It offers a mix of premium and free content that spans the scope of legal, business, rental agreements, and employee handbook for companies. The site also offers an avenue for document creators to post and perhaps profit off of their work and creation. Also Docstoc offers an online storage facility for its users so this helps distinguish the app from others as well.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Docstoc has a wealth of content and documents available on its site. The possibly frustrating thing about it is that the most professional and useful docs are considered premium content. Also since almost anyone can post a document to be purchased on the site, the standards for quality can vary from document to document. Therefore some documents receive an "elite" icon when they are highly popular and rated.

How does the registration process work?

To sign up for Docstoc users can click on the register link located on the homepage's upper-right corner. From there, users can login with their Facebook account, or they can input a username, password and email address. There is an email verification required. New users will also need to accept the site's Terms and Conditions.

What does it cost to use the application?

Docstoc offers some of its content for free and others require a premium membership. The premium membership can be purchased on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Of course, the annual pricing is the most aggressive at $9.95 per month or a $119.40 charge billed in full. The quarterly membership runs $14.95 per month or a $44.83 billed in full charge. Finally, users could submit to the monthly pricing option which runs $19.95 per month.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Docstoc is a great resource for those who are seeking professional documents. For small businesses, entrepreneurs or anyone involved in a startup- Docstoc can be an invaluable resource.

  • Access tons of different document types or templates
  • Create custom documents that are both professional or legal
  • Works on iPhone or iPad too
  • Documents are sorted and discoverable by categories

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