27/7/17 Ending a Letter: Sign-Offs and Signatures
The actual ending of a letter is easy, especially for formal business letters. Here are some useful examples of how to end a letter with a sign-off that comes just above your signature.
A short, sweet, and safe way to sign off. You can extend it to say “All the best” or “Best regards.”
A slightly British-sounding sign-off; a bit informal.
- Faithfully (or Faithfully yours),
- Hope this helps,
If you’re trying to help someone or offering some advice, this might be the perfect closing.
Indicates professionalism and respect. You can make it more emotional with “Warm regards,” but “Warmest regards” might be too much for a professional letter.
A nice and somewhat deferential way to end the letter.
The most common closer.
- Thanks (or Thanks again),
Use this if you haven’t already fully expressed your gratitude above.
- With anticipation,
If your letter’s main purpose was to make a plan or set up an appointment, this may be the way to go.
DO NOT USE EMOTICONS IN YOUR BUSINESS LETTERS.
Here are some common informal letter endings:
- Always and forever,
- Best regards, (this works for both formal and informal writing)
- Best wishes,
- Emoticons (smiley faces, :-), etc.),
- High five,
- Kindest regards,
- Lots of love,
- Missing you,
- See you around,
- Ta ta!
- Take it easy,
- Yours (or Yours truly—a bit too personal for business, but fine for personal relationships).