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22 August 2011 @ 09:23 am
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How do you close your business emails?

For a long time, I've used "Best," but sometimes that feels wrong. Often, "Thanks," is appropriate, but many times, I've just done something on their behalf, so me saying thanks isn't right, either. I'm trying out "Cheers-" and I think that's a good solution, but I'm curious about what others do here!
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Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on August 22nd, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)


Oh I've got a closer...

For business letters to people I don't know or am just initiating a contact with, I usually go with "Sincerely". I could see using "Thanks" if the nature of the letter would indicate it.

After a few exchanges, or with people I'm familiar with, I fall back to "Later".

later
Tom
existential hot showerveek on August 22nd, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
When "Thanks," isn't appropriate, I tend to alternate among:

Best,
All best,
Best regards,
Regards,
Cheers,

...depending on my relationship with the person involved. With the three people on my team, I sometimes don't use a closing statement at all (just my name), because there are so many emails flying among us all the time.
drwexdrwex on August 22nd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
That's almost precisely what I do
and now I know who I've been subconsciously copying. :)
Mark Donnellymeadmaker on August 22nd, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
That's funny; what I use is:

Cheers,
--Mark

So I wholeheartedly approve of using "cheers"!
Jadiajadia on August 22nd, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
I usually say "Thanks". When I don't I tend to just sign my name with no closing statement.
Yagayagagriswold on August 22nd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
I just sign my first name.
the best kind of troublezevinboots on August 22nd, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
To my teammates, I'll say "Thanks" or "Cheers" (to Brits, the two are synonymous). To partners, clients, and people I have more formal relationships with, I'll say "Regards" or "Kind regards."
stephanie m. clarksonthespian on August 22nd, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
I have always read Thanks as being 'Thanks for taking the time to read this', so I always close with it.
Chipceo on August 22nd, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
"I am delighted to remain, your most humble and obedient servant..."

(OK, maybe that's a bit much. I've been known to use "yr. obt. svt." in non-business contexts, though.)
Doug Orleansdougo on August 22nd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
How about:

You're welcome,
metagnatmetagnat on August 22nd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
I use "thanks" often, even when it's not actually appropriate. I think "cheers" works, in an informal work environment. I've also been known to use "sincerely" or just a dash and my name.
blkblk on August 22nd, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I almost always use "Thanks", because I think I am almost sending something that is appropriate for. Even if it's just "thanks for your time." Perhaps "Thank you" if I'm being extra especially formal. Other times I just sign my name.

Chipceo on August 22nd, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
I find myself using "Many thanks" a lot, for the same reason.
Regytregyt on August 22nd, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Very truly yours, for formal
Yours, for more casual
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Stephghislaine on August 22nd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)

Regards, Thanks, or just my name are my common ones. I use Sincerely for correspondence w unfamiliar business contacts.

born from jets!!!catness on August 22nd, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
I use "Thanks" or "Thank you" if I've requested something or if I'm replying to an email where someone has done something for me.

For informational exchanges between myself and those with whom I've previously exchanged emails, I just use my first name only.

For email to strangers or potentially automated ticket things, I just attach my .sig that has my contact info without any closer.

"I've been ionized.  But I'm okay now."gentlescholar on August 22nd, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
"Thanks again for your business." or
"Thank you for your interest." if I haven't gotten them in the door yet.
mirandamissionista on August 22nd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
I use different things, depending on context. Sincerely for the most formal; Best for almost everything else; Best Regards when dealing with people overseas (mirroring what they send to me); Thanks when appropriate. I never use cheers--it seems a bit too informal for a work context.
Rowan: Dishevelledmzrowan on August 22nd, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I use just my name a lot, as others have mentioned. If it's someone I don't know well and I'm answering a question (which I often am, given my job), I use "Hope that helps!".
our lady of perpetual amusement: sewdakotakym on August 22nd, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
I tend to use "sincerely", "thanks", "best", "kind regards", "in good spirit", "good adventure", and "enjoy". I only use "cheers" if I'd go drinking with them ;P
evolution, and some other stuffjacflash on August 22nd, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
"Cheers" and "Thanks" are customary in my professional world, but my employer's culture is a little funky. For somewhat more formal contacts I like "Best," which seems a bit more old school but still email-appropriate.
Pumpkin Pipumpkin_pi on August 22nd, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
I use "Cheers" most of the time. For very formal correspondence, I use "Sincerely."
Concreteconcrete on August 22nd, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
"...and the horse you rode on in too!"
traballenguastraballenguas on August 22nd, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
I adopted "Cheers" a few years ago, because it seemed upbeat, friendly and informal, and it was what I wanted to say, Cheers!

I do get a little confused because it also means "thanks", which is the way I sign my work emails in Spanish and Catalan, just because. But I still like it.

Now to go read the other posts, and find an even better salutation.

Cheers!
traballenguastraballenguas on August 22nd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Although now I am thinking I should branch out. "A tus ordenes", "With fond memories of your species", "From the echo chamber", "With the passion of a thousand blazing suns", "Humbly, for now", "By the blood of my royal ancestors", "Transitionally", or "Be sweet" (I actually use that last one).

I think it is always a good idea to inject a little of the unexpected into a conversation. Helps pass the time.
Renata Piperlyonesse on August 22nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
"Regards" or "Best regards" depending on my mood, if "Best" or "Thanks" isn't right...
viellenviellen on August 23rd, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
My standard is "Enjoy the day". I'll use "thanks" if I really mean it. Someone I work with, who annoys the fuck out of me, uses "cheers" and he's so damn insincere about it that it's ruined that signoff for me.
Chipceo on August 23rd, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
Huh. I used to use "Be well" informally, but that got ruined for me by a particular clueless jerk on a mailing list I was on.
elvendollelvendoll on August 23rd, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I use "Sincerely" most often, with "Best regards" sometimes; I almost never use "Thanks" after working with a couple of people who didn't like that because they saw it as a flippant assumption that whatever was asked for in the email would be taken on by them.
David Policardpolicar on August 23rd, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
Add me to the "just sign my name" pile.
Kelly J. Cooperkjc on August 23rd, 2011 06:55 am (UTC)
I use "Regards," to sign pretty much all of my business correspondence.
... in a handbasketinahandbasket on August 23rd, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I use

Cheers,
-$NAME
harimad on August 23rd, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
In written communications, which are almost always formal, "sincerely."

In formal email, such as to someone I haven't worked with before, or haven't worked with much, or who is either stuffy or senior and stuffy about it, I'll use my organization's standard sign-off. If I'm asking for something, I may use "thank you" instead.

In informal email, such as to someone I've worked with a lot, or a friend-of-a-friend contact, or someone who is clearly my equal (in terms of responsibility), I'll use "cheers" or just -NAME. If I'm asking for something, I might or might not say "thanks." (This isn't rude in my organization, we ask each other for stuff on an hourly basis.)
Mizarchivist: LOLbrarian-seriousmizarchivist on August 24th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
My former boss used to use Cheers. I use it less often now-- I totally picked up on it from him for sure. Anyway, I like it :)
cheveux sable with earworm rampant: chicagolcohen on August 30th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
i'm old school. "Sincerely--"