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Google Apps for business use costs, but as far as I can tell Google Docs is free for business use. In the Google documentation on the topic, it just seems to state that it's free, full stop (I can't find the page I read that on, sorry).

However, in the Google Docs section of Google Apps, there is a "free trial" offered, which seems to imply that it's not free (though it could just be a marketing tactic!).

Can anyone confirm whether or not Google Docs is free for business use?

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Google has hidden the free option a bit. Regular edition of Google Apps is free for up to 10 team members.

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That's kind of the answer I wanted (thanks!), but still doesn't tell me whether I can use my existing personal Google account (not Google Apps) for business purposes. It would be good to have that clarified too... anyone? – Highly Irregular Feb 7 '12 at 3:23
You can use your personal Google account for business purposes. Google Apps is for centralized team management. – dnbrv Feb 7 '12 at 3:46
Are you able to provide a link to something supporting that? – Highly Irregular Feb 7 '12 at 4:11
Yes. Google's general Terms of Service, Google Docs addendum, Google Docs Program Policies. Open each one and search for "business" and "commerc" (that'll show all instances of commercial & related words). There're no limits on business use of the free products. – dnbrv Feb 7 '12 at 4:58
For the record: as of December 6, 2012, Google no longer offers new accounts for the free edition of Google Apps. {See announcement.} – Yosi Mor Jul 31 '13 at 15:47

The new EULA (effective March 1) only states that

Business uses of our Services

If you are using our Services on behalf of a business, that business accepts these terms. It will hold harmless and indemnify Google and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from any claim, suit or action arising from or related to the use of the Services or violation of these terms, including any liability or expense arising from claims, losses, damages, suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees.

Otherwise, they reserve the right to limit the activity on any of their free services for any reason at all. You would be safer, if your needs are suited to that of a business in terms of activity, by using google apps for business to ensure you don't lose any business-critical data.

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