eBay is a great way to access a worldwide marketplace that contains hundreds of millions of customers, from all over the world. Set up an eBay account now: It is quick, easy and doesn’t cost a Penny!
Get Started in No Time at All
- To set up an eBay account, head over to eBay’s UK website (or any other country you want) and click on Register in the top left corner. It will take you to the registration page.
- On the bottom of the page you have then the option to Register for a business account. This is not only mandatory when you are operating as a business, but also brings a lot of advantages. It allows you to use a consistent company name and branding across all communications with buyers and you can display contact details and terms and conditions in all listings. You might also be entitled to discounts on eBay fees or tax advantages.
- You don’t have to be registered as a limited company to set up a business account. However, it is illegal for any UK business to claim to be a private individual for the purpose of selling goods and services. If you are unsure as to whether you should register as a business or not, eBay’s help page provides useful guidance.
Changing Your Account Type
If you already have a private account, you can change it into a business account with a few clicks:
- Go to My eBay and click the Account tab.
- Click Personal information on the left side of the page.
- Click Edit next to Account type. You might have to sign in again.
- On the Change Account Type page, select the Business Account option, and click Confirm to change your account type.
- 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.
Be aware that you won’t be able to change your account back to being private, once it has been converted without liaising directly with eBay's Support Team.
Set Up a New Account
If you want to set up an entirely new account, click on Register for a business account on the registration page:
It will then take you to the registration page for businesses:
There you can enter all your relevant information, like business name, VAT identification number (if applicable) and contact details, which are necessary to confirm your registration. You will then also need to provide details of a bank account that accepts Direct Debits, as eBay will collect your seller fees via this method.
You won’t have to pay for setting up the account, but eBay will invoice you at the end of every month for your seller fees. Furthermore, you can choose from a variety of methods for taking payments from your customers, for example via PayPal. When selling on eBay as a business, it is also important to be aware of the legal framework and your legal obligations.
Start Boosting Your Sales
After the registration, there is nothing in your way to stop you from growing your business on eBay. You can find out about great tips and tricks to get the most out of your eBay listings in our blog and also directly on eBay.
If you feel that simple listings are not enough for your growing business, you can consider opening an eBay shop as a central shopping destination for all your items.
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This is the second in a series of articles on selling on eBay. Find out more about out eBay integration for the complete list of resources.
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