One of the most difficult tasks for an entrepreneur and perfectionist in running a new business is delegating work. There are thousands of things that need to be done and not enough time in the day for the one or two leaders to do everything necessary. Letting others do the work means that things are not necessarily consistent and frequently do not comply with the legal, marketing and policy issues that corporate communications require. To get around this dilemma I long ago learned to trust in templates. Templates create consistency, save work and ensure compliance for all company documents. With the guidance of my corporate counsel and graphic designer, I usually make my own templates in iWork or Office and then distribute them to staff for use. Then all I have to worry about is the individual content in those documents. Because templates save time and work, I searched for and have discovered some high-quality ones that are worth knowing about. Let's start with Toot (US$35 www.aurbach.com/Toot/index.html ). Toot is a template tool for creating portfolios and r?sum? for just about any profession. The r?sum? are digital and, when completed, appear as webpages with links to details about specific experience. The finished product can be e-mailed, posted online or mailed as a cross platform CD or DVD. This is how r?sum? should be done and the result is as professional and standards-compliant as your profession demands. Someone finally developed a set of templates to expand Pages' offerings. The Keynotepro company came up with three template kits for Pages (which also come in matching Keynote presentation and iDVD templates) that look spectacular. Each kit is available as a standard version (US$19.95 www.keynotepro.com/themes/ ) that includes templates for a letterhead, fax, invoice, memo, business notes, envelope, three-panel brochure, vertical brochure and horizontal brochure. The pro version (US$28.95) also has extended brochures, a newsletter template and two sizes of poster templates. Getting this much style and corporate identity for under US$30 is incredible value. Granted, the templates that come with Office and Pages are nice, but the odds of someone having chosen the same one as you are much higher than if you use the Keynotepro offerings. Other templates worth checking out for your business include Labels for Word or common graphics applications ( www.worldlabel.com/Pages/template_1.htm free ). It will give you templates for all of Avery's labels. This is a must-have for any small business. Calendar Templates ( www.humansoftware.com/pages1200/calendar2004/cal2004_1.html US$19.95) are a plug-in for Photoshop or Elements that allow you to create calendars using your own photos. If you have the latest version of iPhoto, it includes templates for calendars that can be ordered and look quite professional. If you have all of your images in iPhoto, you need to check out Portraits and Prints Pro from Econ Technologies ( www.econtechnologies.com/site/Pages/Portraits_Prints/tools.html standard US$30, pro version US$50). It contains iPhoto templates to make catalogues, add picture frames or insert text and additional graphics. It comes with access to hundreds of additional templates and even expands the native iPhoto editing capabilities. And last but not least, check out MailTemplate ( www.mactank.com/mailtemplate/ US$14.95). MailTemplate is a godsend for anyone who sends similar e-mails to dozens or hundreds of people a day. People such as tech support personnel or columnists. This delightful little app lets you control-click on an e-mail (in Entourage or Mail) and a selection of templates are automatically available that you can edit and send instantly. This is a true production performer. Morning e-mail time can be reduced by half or better. You can have dozens of templates pre-made for every imaginable situation that require only a few keystrokes to be added before sending (and these are probably already scripts included in the application). So while I have tentatively learned to delegate work to others, it has been with the help of the talented programmers and the excellent programs available that offer templates for my favourite Mac applications. Trust and templates - synonymous words for Mac entrepreneurs. E-mail Dave Horrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Mac queries.