Flyers are an inexpensive and relatively easy way to advertise. While you can make a flyer from scratch using a simple word processing program, it may be easier to use a template. Flyer templates outline the structure of a flyer, designating where words, pictures and contact information goes. You can find flyer templates online and available for free download. After choosing and downloading your template, you simply swap the default flyer information for your information, and you've got a professional looking flyer.
Draw a conceptual flyer on a sheet of paper with a pencil. Decide if you want an image, and if so, where you want it placed. Decide what size flyer you want and if you want to have tear-off tabs.
Visit a website such as Microsoft Office, PrintPlace.com or PrintableFlyerTemplates.net. (See Resources)
Browse the flyer templates until you find one that's similar in style to the conceptual flyer that you designed. Download it once you've selected it.
Click the "Start" menu, followed by "Documents," and then open your "Downloads" folder. Open the template that you just downloaded using a word processing application.
Edit the text by selecting and highlighting it with your cursor. Type your message over the default message.
Edit images by highlighting them with the "Selection Box" and pressing "Delete" on your keyboard. Insert your new images by highlighting the image, right-clicking it and selecting "Copy." Navigate back to your word processing program and click "Paste." Resize the image as necessary.
Include relevant information in all the necessary places. Make sure that the main idea of your flyer is in the largest print and is located in the top or center section of the page. If you're using tear-off tabs, include your full name, phone number and email address on the tabs so that people can contact you.
Thomas McNish has been writing since 2005, contributing to Salon.com and other online publications. He is working toward his Associate of Science in computer information technology from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.