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How to Write a Business Paper: Academic Hints

Writing a business paper is different than writing papers for other subjects and fields of study.  Of course, there are similarities, as with all academic paper writing.  However, in business the structure is slightly different.  The following includes cheat sheet instructions and academic hints on how to write a business paper.

Studying, Brainstorming and the Outline

  • Begin by thoroughly studying your topic.  Read and understand and do not think about writing.  Get comfortable with the topic and body of knowledge.
  • Then brainstorm for a short while to get your mind writing and flowing.
  • After brainstorming and studying the material, start making an outline.  Make the outline as detailed as possible.  If you do this, the actual first and final draft of the paper will be much easier and quicker to write.  Notice a third draft was not included.  If your outline is well-structured and detailed enough, it is your first draft. Hint: Big time saver!
  • Organize your outline to match that of the structure of the paper.  Do this by making each major Roman numeral point the same as each part of each main part of the paper.

How to Structure and Write the Business Paper

  • Business papers include a preface, background, findings, conclusion, bibliography and appendices in that order.
  • The preface – In the preface, give a general, tight, focused description of what the reader will be reading about.  The overall scope of the paper topic is introduced, and your objective is stated.  This portion is very much like the abstract for other paper writing.
  • The background – The background is similar to the preface, however, it is very detailed and introduces the reader to the body of knowledge relevant to the topic.
  • The findings – Here is where you support your paper’s objective with literature review findings.  Hint: The general rule is to insert a cited source for every 1,000 words of your unique written material.
  • The conclusion – The conclusion wraps up the paper and restates the objective of the preface, however, now with more authority.  You can exhibit more authority because you have supported your objective in the background and findings sections.  The conclusion also includes discussion of what possible area of study can be performed next.
  • The bibliography – The bibliography is a listing of the references sited in the body of the paper. 
  • The appendices – The appendices include an organized listing of figures throughout the paper, such as graphs, tables and charts.

Please note that you may be required to write using a specific format, such as APA, MLA or Harvard formats.  If so, the structures are similar, but there are differences in technicalities.  It is best to follow one of the three manuals to ensure you adhere to their strict guidelines. Also, by all means, proofread, proofread, proofread!  Lastly, do not save everything for the last minute, and you will do great!