Correctly setting up your eBay seller account is key to conducting a successful business. You will want to make sure that it reflects not only what you are selling, but also who you are. In this article, we’ll break down how to set up and get the most out of your eBay seller account.
To start, head over to eBay.com and click REGISTER in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
Since you will be selling items, be sure to register as a BUSINESS ACCOUNT. The fees are the same for both personal and business accounts, but it’s good to generally keep your personal shopping account separate from your eBay business account.
Next, fill out all the information the system requests, such as your legal business name and your business email. Ensure the email address you include is one that you can easily access, as this is where you’ll receive important information and sales notifications. Also, check your inbox to make sure your initial emails from eBay aren’t being filtered into your Spam folder.
The next step is deciding on your eBay seller account name. Keep in mind, this name reflects you and your business just as much as your store name.
Although your seller account and store name do NOT need to match, it doesn’t hurt to keep them consistent. Also, if you plan on expanding your business in the future, think about if you want to have a smaller “doing business as” name for eBay and a larger “corporation” name for your overall business.
Select Business Type
Next, you need to let eBay know what type of business you are running and continue entering verification information for the account. This is very important, as verified information is required to list items. The eBay seller system needs to know if you are a sole proprietorship, an LLC, or a corporation. Be sure to have your EIN or social security number ready for verification purposes.
Of course, you will need to pay eBay fees for using their service. It is considered an advertising expense, but one that can be well worth it. For this, you can pay using PayPal, a credit card or link your bank account. eBay will automatically deduct the seller fees from the account that you set up, so make sure you have a high enough balance to cover these costs or the items you are selling might be put on hold.
Congratulations! You can now begin listing your items on eBay and start making some money.
As you can see, setting up your eBay seller account isn’t a difficult process. It might seem time consuming, but once you get these basic steps out of the way, you’re ready to take the next step and begin a successful selling career.