How to register 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.
Deciding 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.
You might want to choose a business account if you:
Sell items that you have bought to resell.
Sell items you have produced yourself to sell.
Sell a large amount of items on a regular basis.
Sell new items that bought but don't use personally.
Buy items for your business.
If you aren't sure whether to register as a business or as an individual, contact your legal advisor.
Advantages of a business account
When you register as a business, you can:
Register using your company name, which is displayed in all communication with your buyers, such as invoices and emails.
Provide the value-added tax (VAT) percentage to buyers when you list your item if you are based outside the U.S. and Canada.
Receive net invoices for our fees by providing us with your VAT identification number.
Realize tax advantages in many cases. Be sure you check with your accountant or legal advisor.
Changing your account type
If you have already registered, you can change your account type.
To change your account type from individual to business:
Click My eBay at the top of most pages. You may be asked to sign in.
Click the Personal Information link on the left side of the page.
Click the Edit link next to Account Type. You may be asked to sign in again.
Enter your business name and click the Change to Business Account button.
To change your account type from business to individual:
Click My eBay at the top of most pages.
Click the Business Information link on the left side of the page.
Click the Edit link next to Account Type.
On the Change Account Type page, click the Change to Individual Account button.