Registering as a business

When you register on eBay, you have the option of registering as a business. To register as a business, click the start a business account link at the top of the registration page. The process and information required are similar to registering as an individual, with the added advantage of being able to add your business name to your account. See How to register for a step-by-step guide to the registration process.

Important: Be sure to complete all required information, as well as your business name.

If you already have an individual account, you can change your account to a business account. Once you have upgraded an individual account to a business account you are not able to revert back to an individual account.

When to register as a business

Registering as a business provides you with an identifiable name and the opportunity to build your reputation as a seller.

Choose a business account if you:

  • Sell items that you have bought to resell.

  • Sell items that you have produced yourself to sell.

  • Sell a large amount of goods on a regular basis.

  • Sell new items that you have bought but not used personally.

  • Sell items as a Trading Assistant.

  • Buy items for your business.

If you aren't sure whether you should register as a business or as an individual, contact your legal advisor to help determine whether you operate as a business and to learn more about your legal obligations as a business seller.

Advantages of a business account

  • Business sellers can register with a company name. That company name will be displayed in all communication with the buyer, such as invoices and emails.

  • Business sellers could be eligible to qualify for a discount on eBay fees.

  • Business sellers can display contact details, and terms and conditions in all of their listings.

  • Business sellers could realise tax advantages if they register as a business.

Changing your account type

If you have already registered, you can change your account type.

Note: Once you have upgraded an individual account to a business account you are not able to revert back to an individual account.

To change your account type from individual to business:
  1. Go to My eBay and click the Account tab.

  2. Click Personal information on the left side of the page.

  3. Click Edit next to Account type. You may be asked to sign in again.

  4. On the Change Account Type page, select the Business Account option, and click Confirm to change your account type.

  5. On the following page, you can enter your business information such as name, contact information, VAT number and returns policy. When you're ready, click Save.

Learn more about selling as a business on eBay.

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