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How to open an eBay business account

Are you setting up shop online? Then it's time to upgrade to an eBay business account.
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April 12, 2022

While a personal eBay account is excellent for individuals to casually sell items around the house, a business account is suited for those dealing in bulk sales, especially if they are making the product themselves. You can even customize your eBay storefront with unique branding and offer promotional discounts to buyers. Here’s how to open an eBay business account.

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Register as a business to open an eBay business account. You'll need your contact information, business name, type of business, and VAT number.


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What is the difference between eBay individual and business accounts?

A personal account is designed for those who plan to sell on eBay as a hobby or supplementary income. On the other hand, a business account is for those who plan to sell on eBay full-time. Whether you are reselling or manufacturing large quantities of products, you’ll want to create a business account since a personal account is limited to ten new listings per month.

There are also several advantages to a business account to help grow your business, such as lower taxes, branding tools, and better legal protection. If you already sell online on another platform or website, you can easily connect your inventory with eBay using many integration tools and plugins.

If you’re unsure which type of account to start with, rest assured you can always change it later. In other words, if you decide you’d like to start selling more down the road, you can turn your personal account into a business account from your account settings.

How to open an eBay business account

Navigate to eBay’s registration page and select the Business account to open a business account. Enter your business name, email, and location and create a unique password. When done, click Register.

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eBay will then ask for additional details, such as your business name, type, address, and beneficial owners, officers, directors, or account managers. Importantly, ensure to use your business bank account when registering as a business seller. After that, check your emails inbox for a verification link to create your business account.

Is an eBay business account free?

In a word, yes, creating a business account is entirely free. However, you will have to pay the standard seller fees associated with the listing and of your products.

Additionally, if you want to open an eBay store, you will have to pay a monthly subscription. There are three different tiers to having a storefront on eBay— Basic, Premium, or Anchor. Each one has various features depending on what you require. It can be worthwhile since you get discounted fees and more free listings per month, and access to additional tools to manage and promote your business.


Read more: Here are all the ways you can contact eBay support

FAQs

Do I need a business account to sell on eBay?

No, you can sell on eBay using either a personal or business account. However, if you plan to sell more than ten items per month, you need a business account.

Can you change your eBay account from business to personal?

Yes, follow these steps to do so:

  • Go to My eBay–> Account–> Personal Information.
  • Next to Account Type, click Edit.
  • Enter your business name and click the Change to Business Account button.
  • Update your registered name with a personal contact name.