Business Email Writing

July 7, 2011

The following are some tips to help you when you are writing business letters through email.


  • A heading is not necessary in an email (your return address, their address, and the date). 
  • Use a descriptive subject line. 
  • Avoid using an inappropriate or silly email, register a professional sounding address if you don’t have one. 
  • Use simple formatting, keep everything flush with the left margin; avoid special formatting and tabs. 
  • Keep your letter formal, just because it’s an email instead of a hard copy is no excuse for informality (don’t forget to use spell check and proper grammar). 
  • Try to keep your letter less than 80 characters wide, some email readers will create line breaks on anything longer and ruin the formatting. 
  • If possible avoid attachments unless the recipient has requested or is expecting an attachment. If it is a text document, simply cut and paste the text below your letter and strip off any special formatting. 
  • If the persons name is unknown, address the person’s title i.e. Dear Director of Human Resources.

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