Sounds spooky, doesn’t it? It really isn’t that bad when you get used to it.
What you need to start
You’ll need a Google account. Making that could not be easier. Just make a Gmail account at https://gmail.com. If it asks, you want a personal account because they are free and oddly enough also have more features. You may want to also use Gmail for your business email but that will be in addition to this one.
Once you have a Gmail account you’ll also have Google Docs which gives you, basically, a free version of Office software. You have a word processor, a spreadsheet, and presentation/slide deck app. If you have solid Microsoft Office skills, you’ll find Docs to be somewhat lacking for more complex projects. However, if you aren’t an Office power user or you are doing something simple you will be amazed at how robust these apps are. You can use them on your computer or your phone.
Note: while you can use Docs without internet access and it will sync later, you need internet to use talk to text.