The fax is used as a fast moving hard copy of a document. It's important in business as a form of evidence, documenting urgent business situations.
The fax has its limitations, and print quality tends to be indifferent. The important thing about faxes is that they do have a very useful function, and the documents have to be usable when received.
Business fax messages consist of:
For the sake of clarity, it's advisable to use a standard business letter format as the attachment.
Use standard size stationery for attachments.
The fax cover sheet information:
Leave at least one line between each heading.
Use tabs to set up an easily read form, properly aligned.
Date 21 July 2010
Time: 14:10 EDST
To: D. Sire, Anywhere Bakery
From: F. Amished, Anywhere Catering Services
Subject: Birthday cakes for next month
We've got a lot of orders for large birthday cakes next month. We will need 120 cakes by the 7th of August. Please find attached our order, which being so much larger than usual, we've sent you this fax to give you as much advance notice as possible.
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