30 Best Email Sign Offs (Formal and Semi-Formal)


30 Best Email Sign Offs (Formal and Semi-Formal)
In the list below, I've included 30 of the most popular business email sign offs with a few suggestions about when to use each one:

  1. All the Best (Formal). This formal email closing is a safe way to end many different types of emails.
  2. Always (Semi-Formal). This semi-formal email closing is sort of vague and leads itself to the question: "Always what?"
  3. Anxiously Awaiting Your Response (Semi-Formal). This closing would only be appropriate in certain situations. For example, you could use it if you just sent out a proposal.
  4. Best (Semi-Formal). A good, general purpose email closing that could be used for many different business and personal situations.
  5. Best Regards (Semi-Formal). This semi-formal email closing is slightly more formal than the single word "Best" email closing.
  6. Best Wishes (Formal). A great formal email closing to use to foster good will. Who wouldn't want someone's best wishes?
  7. Cheers (Semi-Formal). This British-sounding email closing may sound fake to some readers, especially if you're not British.
  8. Cordially (Formal). This is a formal email closing that has fallen out of common use. For that reason, it sounds somewhat old-fashioned.
  9. Emphatically (Semi-Formal). This semi-formal email closing could be used for certain emails, especially if you feel strongly about the content.
  10. Good Luck (Semi-Formal). This email sign off is like "Best Wishes" and can help foster good will.
  11. Have a Great Day (Semi-Formal). Another positive semi-formal email closing. I know I like to receive this email closing and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
  12. Hopefully Yours (Semi-Formal). A semi-formal email sign off that sounds somewhat old-fashioned.
  13. Hope to Hear from You Soon (Semi-Formal). This could be a good way to close an email, but only if you really want to hear back from the recipient.
  14. Kind Regards (Formal). This formal email closing is safe to use for a wide variety of business situations.
  15. Looking forward to [Blank] (Semi-Formal). In this semi-formal greeting, you fill in the blank with what you are looking forward to.
  16. Regards (Semi-Formal). Although this email sign off is generally thought of as semi-formal, it is more formal than many email endings.
  17. Respectfully (Formal). This is a great formal email closing for email to your boss, teacher, or someone else in authority.
  18. See You Soon (Semi-Formal). Use this semi-formal way to close your email if you expect to see the recipient soon.
  19. Sincerely (Semi-Formal). This safe semi-formal email closing borders on formal. It will work for many different situations.
  20. Sincerely Yours (Formal). This is the classic letter closing/email closing that many of us learned in school.
  21. Take Care (Semi-Formal). A quick confession—this used to be my favorite email closing until a colleague found it annoying.
  22. Thanks in Advance (Semi-Formal). This semi-formal email closing could be seen as manipulative by some. Don't overdo it.
  23. Thanks for Your Consideration (Semi-Formal). The Thanks family of semi-formal email sign offs can be quite effective, but only if you are actually thankful.
  24. Thoughtfully Yours (Semi-Formal). You could possibly use this email closing in a response to another email, especially if your opinion differs from the original sender's opinion.
  25. Warmly (Semi-Formal). This is a rather vague, but safe way to close an email.
  26. Your Friend (Semi-Formal). Use this for a business colleague, but only if it's true. Nobody wants a fake friend.
  27. Your Prompt Response Is Appreciated. Use this only for situations when you need an answer from the recipient right away.
  28. Yours (Semi-Formal). By limiting this closing to a single word, as opposed to Yours Truly, the closing becomes semi-formal.
  29. Yours Faithfully (Formal). This formal email closing sounds a little dated and old-fashioned.
  30. Yours Truly (Formal). This is another classic way to close a formal letter or email. Use it for more formal business communications.