How to Write a Business Memo

by A.M. Morgan; Updated September 26, 2017

A business memo is widely used by organizations to communicate to its member’s pertinent information in an effective and efficient manner. The information communicated reflects policy changes, new products being introduced or new developments in solving new or current business problems. A business memo also may be a call for action for all team members to become involved in. Writing a business memo is a great tool for leadership teams; it informs employees of important news when a company meeting is not required to be scheduled.

Step 1

Fill out the header information. State clearly who the memo is to, from, the date, and what the memo is regarding. Begin with why the recipient is receiving the memo.

Step 2

The first paragraph should be a purpose statement that can be as simple as, "The purpose of this memo is to..."

Step 3

Include a brief summary of the problem or need you are writing about. The body of the memo should expand on these themes.

Step 4

State any actions you need the recipient to perform and when you need them performed by.

Step 5

Close with any follow up items required from the recipients. Also, make sure the ending is courteous and respectful to the readers. Even if you are communicating difficult news remember to do so in a poised and dignified manner.

Tips

  • Make it short, one page if possible. Bulleted lists are an easy way for the reader to understand the key points of the memo immediately.

    The business memo is less formal than a letter; but spelling, punctuation and grammar still need to be up to par.

About the Author

Based in North Dallas, A.M. Morgan has been writing career-related blogs and opinion articles since 2007. Her blogs and articles have appeared on Women for Hire, Associated Content and in “NSBE Magazine." She is a graduate of Tuskegee University and New Mexico State University with degrees in aerospace and industrial engineering.