What Is a Personal Business Letter?

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In a nutshell, a personal letter is written from an individual to an individual, while a personal business letter may be written by an individual to a business. Consumers, supporters or everyday folks often reach out to businesses to express interest in a service, concerns about a product, satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the company or for any number of appropriate reasons. These letters should follow a formal-letter style. Why? For one reason, the businessperson to whom you address your letter will take it more seriously if it is written at least somewhat formally, and it's just plain old good manners to address a businessperson in a more official fashion.

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn't Read)

A personal business letter is written by an individual to a business.

Rules of a Personal Business Letter

Expressing Satisfaction or Dissatisfaction

Expressing a Concern

Complaining About a Product or Service

Requesting More Information

Personal Business Letter Format

Personal Business Letter Example

What a Personal Business Letter Is Not

Final Considerations for Personal Business Letters

References

Resources

About the Author

Lorna Hordos is a home-improvement business owner and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of conversational business articles for WordPress.com, Bizfluent, AZ Central and Global Post.