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Registering as a Business

Registering as a business enables you to add a business name to your account. Otherwise you Opening your a business membership with eBayThe process is essentially the same process asregister as a business the same way you registering as an individual member, with the additional advantage of being able to add your business name to your account. See our Registration Overview for a step-by-step guide to the registration process.

If you already have an individual account, you can change your account to a business account.

When to register as a business

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 not acquired for your personal use.

  • Sell items as a trading assistant.

  • Buy items for your busines.

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 based outside the U.S. and Canada can provide the value-added tax, (VAT) percentage when selling with the Sell Your Item form. They also can provide eBay with their VAT identification number and receive net invoices on their eBay fees.

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

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

Change your account type

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

To change your account type from individual to business:
  1. Go to My eBay.

  2. Click the "Personal Information" link under the "My Account" heading.

  3. Click the "Edit" link next to Account Type.

  4. On the Change Account Type page, select the "Business" option, and then click the Continue button.

  5. Enter your business name, and then click the Change to Business Account button.

To change your account type from business to individual:
  1. Go to My eBay.

  2. Click the "Business Information" link under the "My Account" heading.

  3. Click the "Edit" link next to Account Type.

  4. On the Change Account Type page, click the Change to Individual Account button.

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