The sign-off is the final sentiment you’re leaving with your reader.
If you use it well, it can make the reader smile, laugh, assuage their concerns, and so much more!
Here are 51 email sign-offs to inspire you the next time you write to someone.
Classic, Safe Email Sign-Offs
If you’re in a rush or not quite sure what the appropriate way to end an email is, try sticking with one of these.
Just remember, while these sign-offs are safe, they’re also not super memorable. If you feel confident in what the appropriate tone for writing to the recipient is, try going for something a little more daring (and impactful!).
According to a 2016 survey, this is the most common email sign-off, with 62% of survey takers saying it was their go-to. It’s simple and warm, and only 2% of people surveyed said it felt passive-aggressive.
Also, a fan favorite, “best,” is both simple and warm and works in either formal or informal settings.
“From” offers you a streamlined and straightforward way to sign not only your name but also include other contact information like phone number, company name, and LinkedIn link.
Pro Tip: The first time you’re emailing someone professionally, include more than just the sign-off and your name at the bottom of the email.
Here’s a template for how to sign off in your next formal introduction email:
[Your full name]
[Job title], [Company name]
[Personal portfolio website—if relevant]
If you want more tips on how to write an introduction email, check out How to Introduce Yourself in an Email.
#4 [Your name]
This isn’t great for a first email, but by the time correspondence is going back and forth, feel free to drop the fancy sign-offs and stick with your full name (for more professional post), your first name (for more casual emails), or initials (to keep it short).
If you’re corresponding with just one other person, it may be okay to stop signing off entirely. Still, for a group, communication keeping your name helps people see at-a-glance what each individual is contributing to the conversation.
It’s simple and friendly—however, depending on the tone of the email itself, it might sound a bit like you’re signing off on a letter to your pen pal. Keep this one for the end of an email you’re worried may have sounded a bit frigid.
Professional Email Sign-offs Great for Clients and Bosses
When writing to a client or a boss, you typically want to stick with a more formal tone of writing from the first word to the final flourish.
Here are some professional ways to end an email—that don’t call for a quill and ink.
#6 With gratitude,
This is essentially a fancier way to say, “Thank you.” It’s nice and conveys that you appreciate the time they’ve taken to read your letter.
#7 Wishing you a nice day,
Wishing someone well is always excellent! You could also get more specific here and wish them a pleasant morning or afternoon.
#8 Wishing you well,
Very similar to “Wishing you a nice day,” but this email sign-off is a little broader. It’s great to write to someone you don’t necessarily expect to hear back from within the day.
#9 Best regards,
This is a spin on the classic “Best,” but adding “regards” ups the formality.
#10 Warm regards,
This has a nice ring to it and conveys a bit more warmth (obviously) while still being formal.
#11 Kind regards,
Another variation on “[Something] regards.” This is quite simple and pleasant.
#12 Thank you for your consideration,
Keep this one in your back pocket for times when you get a “no” on a professional request. It lets the person know you appreciate the time they spent considering your idea or proposal and bear them no ill will for denying you.
#13 Thank you for thinking of me,
Sometimes you have to say “no,” to an idea someone reaches out to you. This email sign-off lets them know that you appreciate their consideration, but it’s just not the right timing for you to commit to something new.
#14 Many thanks,
This works great for a boss who just sent you some good news or the needed documents for a project you’re working on. It’s appropriately formal and appreciative.
Friendly Workplace Email Sign-offs
These email sign-offs are a little less formal than ones you’d send to your boss or a client, but still, keep a professional tone.
“Yours” allows you to end the email without thinking too hard about what to say, which is excellent for moving on to the next item on your to-do list.
#16 All the best,
“Best” is a classic for a reason—it’s non-assuming and nice. By adding “All the” to the beginning here, it makes it just a little more conversational and casual.
This is a lovely, slightly more casual variation on “Warm regards” that you can use with your coworkers.
#18 Take care,
It might sound weird to send this as the first email where you’re asking your colleague a question. Instead, send this as you’re reaching the end of an email thread or when thanking someone you don’t correspond with regularly.
#19 As ever,
This one works great for ending an email to someone you correspond with regularly.
#20 See you around,
It’s great for a colleague you work in the same office with. Since you probably will see them around.
Celebrate your coworkers’ victories! You can send this to someone after they’ve received a promotion, landed a new client, or given a strong presentation. Sending congratulatory emails is one way you can help create an atmosphere of positivity and encouragement in the workplace.
#22 Talk soon,
Use this when you’ve just set a time for a meeting, as you will, indeed, be talking soon.
Email Sign-offs to Send When You’re Collaborating With Someone
When you’re working as a team, there can be many back-and-forth emails.
Add some variety to your email sign-offs by trying these out!
#23 Thank you for the feedback!
Sometimes you need to loop a coworker from another department in on a project to get their expertise. Send this to them after they’ve helped you out.
#24 Glad to be working with you,
Most people like to feel wanted and welcomed in their workplace! Send this to someone who has just let you know that you’ll be collaborating on a project or working together.
#25 I appreciate your help,
Avoid sending this before someone has done anything to help you, as it may sound a little passive-aggressive. However, this is a great way to end a “thank you” note to someone who has helped you somehow.
#26 Hope this helps,
If someone reached out to you asking for a resource or information that you have, then this might be the perfect ending.
#27 Let me know if you have any questions,
When you’re briefing someone on a project or asking them to help you on an assignment, this can be an excellent way to end the email. It allows both you and the recipient to stay in-the-zone, while still showing an openness to address any follow-up questions they may have.
#28 Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns,
Use this when you send an email to a client or an employee. It’s warm and indicates your availability to them if they have any questions.
#29 Lemme know if everything makes sense!
A more casual version of “Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.” It’s great for when you’re briefing a coworker on a project.
#30 On that note,
This is relatively informal but works well as an ending to an email if you’ve just relayed some information to your colleague and are looking for a casual and quick sign-off.
#31 You’re the best,
If you have an intern or head up a team, this can be an encouraging way to end the email and let them know that you appreciate the work they do.
#32 Keep up the good work,
Another good email ending for team leaders to let their employees know they value and appreciate them.
#33 In haste,
While this isn’t a good one to overuse, sometimes you have to send your colleagues a quick email with some information. This can help them know that you were writing quickly and not to overthink the tone of your email, and be extra gracious if there are any typos throughout the letter.
Funny Sign-offs for Your Work Pals
Using a funny sign-off, while not appropriate in every situation, can be an easy way to bring a smile to your friend’s face. Try using one of these the next time you write to your work bestie.
Here’s a GIF you can send along with it:
It’s got a lot of enthusiasm and excitement, which can be excellent for your coworker to see in their inbox.
#35 Later, Mater,
Use this one, with its reference to the classic Pixar film, Cars, when you want to bring a smile to the face of the reader.
“My name’s Mater, like TOWmater, but without the ‘tow’” – Mater
And if you want to rewatch the Cars scene for yourself, here’s the clip:
#36 Ahoy matey,
You know, some classic pirate lingo to brighten up your work bestie’s day.
#37 Stay tuned for more,
…Because there’s bound to be another email throughout the day.
#38 Keep grinding,
When it’s three o’clock on a Friday afternoon, you and your bestie are working hard to finish everything before the weekend.
#39 I need you like peanut butter needs jelly,
It never hurts to acknowledge your appreciation for your work pal—especially when they’ve come through and brightened your day or helped you out.
If peanut butter and jelly isn’t your jam, here are some other classic pairings you can choose from:
“I need you like….”
- Mac needs cheese
- Oreos need milk
- Vanilla lattes need oat milk
- Spongebob needs Patrick
- Rainy days need long books and cozy blankets
#40 That’s a wrap,
You can send this to your work friend when you finish a big project or at the end of a long email.
Just remember, if the email is going to be SUPER long (longer than three-four paragraphs), consider asking your colleague if they have time for a 15-minute call with you.
#41 May the force be with you,
While it may not be appropriate for every situation, if one of your coworkers loves Star Wars, give this one a try!
Here are some other movie quotes that can work as an email sign-off:
- “Live long and prosper” – Star Trek
- “May the odds be ever in your favor” – Hunger Games
- “I’ll be right here” – E.T.
- “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” – Lord of the Rings
- “Hakuna Matata” – The Lion King
#42 [An inside joke],
If you’ve worked with someone for a while, think if there’s an inside joke that makes both of you chuckle. Referencing it when signing off is a simple way to bring a smile to their face!
Sign-offs to Avoid (Most of the Time)
Here are a few email sign-offs to steer clear of. There are some memorable moments when they might be alright to use, but typically there’s a better option.
#43 Bye bestie,
You can probably use this with your teammate that you’re super close with, but for everyone else, stick with something a tiny bit more formal.
#44 Yours truly,
This has the same energy as “To whom it may concern.” Aka, go for it if you want to, but for most instances, it doesn’t need to sound quite so archaic.
If you want some options to use instead of “To whom it may concern,” read this article with 55 Email Greetings!
It can be challenging to think of a sign-off, but, typically speaking, something is better than nothing!
Pro tip: If you and a colleague are responding to one another almost immediately and using email as a substitute for Slack or another messaging platform, you can get away with dropping the sign-off. However, if you’re corresponding with your boss or client, it’s typically best practice to keep signing off as long as they do.
Just write out the whole word.
The average typing speed is 200 characters per minute. That means that writing “Thanks” instead of “Thx” would only take you an additional 0.9 seconds, and typing all of “Regards” instead of “Rgrds” would take just over half a second longer.
#47 Sent from my iPhone
This is, by default, at the bottom of emails you send from your iPhone. Go ahead and take a moment to delete it. It can come across as unprofessional.
Bonus: How to Sign off in an Email to Family or Friends
Now, you might be wondering, “What’s the point of signing off on an email to family and friends? Do I need to do that?”
Technically, no, you don’t have to. You do you, boo.
BUT an email sign-off lets the reader know you finished—you didn’t accidentally hit “send” before you were ready. Here are some options you can choose if you’re emailing family or friends.
#48 Let’s chat soon,
This email sign-off is sweet and casual—perfect for a family member or friend that you haven’t talked with in a while but really would like to catch up with.
#49 Can’t wait to see you over the holidays!
Let the reader know you’re looking forward to seeing them soon and spending time together.
#50 Love you bunches!
Just don’t accidentally use this when writing to your boss.
#51 With love,
While this wouldn’t be appropriate within the workplace, sending it to your great aunt is appropriate! It also works well for hand-written birthday/wedding/graduation cards since it has more formality than you need to send in an email to a family member.
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Remember that your email sign-off is one of the last chances you get to shine!
People get so many emails daily—take every opportunity to be memorable.
Here are a few things to remember about writing email sign-offs:
- Err on the side of “too professional.” Very rarely will the recipient be irritated by formality, while you could accidentally offend someone by not being formal enough.
- Wait until after someone has helped you, complimented you, or done something else lovely to express gratitude! Thanking someone for something they haven’t done can be passive insincere—even if you don’t mean it.
- If appropriate, use a funny sign-off to bring a smile to your coworker’s face. It’s nice to get something fun and unexpected in an email, whether it’s a movie quote or an inside joke.
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