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How to register as a business

When you register on eBay, you've the option of registering as a business. The process and information required are similar to registering as an individual, with the added advantage of adding your business name to your account.

You can also change your individual account to a business account.

Deciding to register as a business

Choose a business account if you:

  • Sell items that you've bought to resell.

  • Sell items you've produced yourself.

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

  • Sell new items that you 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're based outside the US or Canada.

  • Receive net invoices for our fees by providing us with your VAT identification number.

  • Realize tax advantages. Be sure you check with your accountant or legal advisor.

Important: If you are a US based seller with inventory outside the US, you may have additional tax obligations. For more information about these possible obligations, click here.

Changing your account type

If you've already registered, you can change your account type.

To change your account type from individual to business:
  1. Go to My eBay > Account > Personal Information.

  2. Next to Account Type, click the Edit link.

  3. Enter your business name and click the Change to Business Account button.

  4. Make sure you update your registered name with a personal contact name.

To change your account type from business to individual:
  1. Go to My eBay > Account > Business Information.

  2. Next to Account Type, click the Edit link.

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

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