Writing business reports

A report is a formal written account of a specific matter that a person has observed or investigated in some depth. In the workplace, the report plays an important role, whether you are preparing one for your supervisor, the executive staff, board of directors, or clients. It may be short and simple, in the form of a memo or email, or it may be more formal and several pages long.

Whatever its length, content, or destination, the end result is the same: a report must be informative, factual, understandable, and neatly presented. This requires research, focus, and patience.


Click on the headings below for guidance on:

Report preparation

Find out what you need to consider as you prepare to write your business report.

Structuring a business report

Suggestions for organizing and presenting the information in your report in the most effective ways.

Plus: Example business report (pdf)

Take a look at a well-structured, clear, and concise business report.


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