What is a Sample Letterhead?
When writing a company letter, employment contract, stationary, or any document under your business' name, what's the first thing people see? That's right, your letterhead. A sample letterhead is located at the very top of a letter, and this is where the company's logo and relevant details are contained.
For a sample letterhead to be effective, it must be eye-catching and well-designed, must be thematically accurate (i.e., show the corporate world what your brand truly is), and give details of the company's contact information such as numbers and emails — much like an identification card except that it's for an entire company and is found in a letter's beginning.
How to Make a Sample Letterhead?
There are many editing apps you can use to quickly make a unique, alluring, and informative sample letterhead. Platforms such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and even MS Word are all viable when creating a sample letterhead since they have so many options you can use and make erasing errors easy.
With that said, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to help you out even more when making a sample letterhead:
1. Be Aesthetically Identifiable
In other words, make sure your sample letterhead portrays your company. Let's set the scene for a bit, shall we? Let's say you're a company that specializes in real estate, and your company logo is defined by its simplistic, yet sophisticated design, but the letterheads on your documents look like the circus just came to town. As a brand, you need to set your identity, and your letterheads should portray that. The worst thing you could do is stray away from the standard you set for yourself in your essential documents of all things.
2. Include the Necessary Details
Sample letterheads, like IDs, are more than just a fancy and creative way of representing yourself; they should also provide valuable information. Usually, these details are the company name, the company logo, the address and registration number, and contact details such as emails and office numbers. Your sample letterhead shouldn't just be empty designs and shiny colors; it should also serve to advertise your brand as well as give whoever is reading your letter an idea of who was the sender of the document.
3. Set a Standard of Professionalism
Remember that last part mentioned in tip #1? About setting a standard? The construction of a sample letterhead is more than just an explosion of creativity with no end goal or target. Sure, it looks pretty and all when you have designs on your documents but that's not the primary purpose of a letterhead; it's supposed to (1) Give your company and brand a distinct identity, (2) show a document's ownership, and (3) provide addresses and contact details of the sender via the given information. So, if you want your letterhead to be effective, you have to set a standard of professionalism for its creation and follow it.
4. Critic and Review
When you have established your criteria, and you've made your sample letterhead, take time to see if you're happy with it, if it manages to publicize your company while giving the impression of a professionally written document, and does it contain the correct and necessary information such as addresses? If yes, then congratulations, you have a new company, letterhead. If not, then take a look at the tip below.
5. Polish Up
Alright, so it isn't the "perfect" letterhead… yet. But when it comes to polishing up your sample letterhead, this is where an easy-to-edit platform helps a ton since you can quickly make the necessary changes, critic and review again, and print out when you're happy with your work.