How to set up an eBay account for business or personal use
- You can easily set up an eBay account for your personal or business needs.
- There are two types of accounts on eBay — personal and business. The process for setting up each is simple, but a business account requires more information.
- A personal account is great for a casual eBay user who wants to sell items that they no longer use; a business account is appropriate for people who want to sell a large number of products.
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eBay is a great resource for selling items you no longer need or for buying items that are more difficult to find elsewhere. But before you buy and sell on eBay, you'll need to set up an account.
There are two types of eBay accounts. A personal account is best for a casual eBay user. A business account is appropriate for people who plan to sell in large quantities, or for people who have bought or made items specifically to sell.
Registering a business account will require more information than a personal account, including the business name, address and type. Luckily, setting up both accounts is relatively easy.
How to set up an eBay account for personal use
1. Go to www.eBay.com.
2. On the top left part of the screen, hit "Register" to register a new account.
3. To register with an email, type in your first and last name, your email, and a password.
- Alternatively, you can register using a Facebook account or Google account by clicking the "Continue with Facebook" button or the "Continue with Google" button on the right side.
4. Once you've typed in your information, you'll be redirected to the eBay home page.
5. You can now begin to buy and sell items, and personalize your account via the "My eBay" button at the top-right-hand side of the screen.
6. Hit "My eBay" to continue to set up your account.
7. The "Personal info" tab allows you to input additional information about the account, like password security, as well as update your shipping addresses to ease the checkout process when you purchase an item on eBay.
8. Under "Payment," the "Payment Options" tab allows you to store a credit or debit card, as well as aPayPal account, as an option at checkout.
- The "PayPal account" link allows you to link an existing PayPal account or guides you through the process of setting up a PayPal account.
9. The "Account Preferences" tab allows you to change your eBay settings for payment, selling, and more.
How to set up an eBay account for a business
If you have a personal account, you can turn it into a business account.
1. Log into your account and go to your account settings, which are available under "My eBay" on the home page and are then found under the "Personal Info" tab.
2. Hit "Account Settings" and under "Account Type" hit "Edit" to begin the process of changing from a personal account to a business account.
If you don't have a personal account, you can set up a business account from the eBay homepage.
1. Hit "Register" on the top left-hand part of the screen. On the following page, hit "Create a Business Account."
2. From there, you'll be prompted to enter your legal business name and email. Then, hit "Register."
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When you start dropshipping on eBay there are a few things you need:
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How To Set Up an eBay Seller Account
On eBay, you can use the same account for buying and selling. The process is very simple and intuitive, follow it step by step.
Step 1: Register to eBay
Go to ebay.com or to the local eBay website you plan to sell to and click on the Register button at the top left corner
Fill out the form, including contact information, email address, password, first and last name, and your mobile phone number.
In case you own a registered business, choose to option to register as a business account.
What is the difference between personal and business account on eBay
The main difference between personal and business accounts is that when you register with a business eBay invoices your business name which corresponds with your tax reports.
If you register a business in the future, you can change the account type from personal to business in the eBay account settings under the section Personal Information.
After you register you will be offered to further secure the account by linking a phone number to it. It is recommended to do that already now
You have registered succesfuly
Step 2: Create a Seller Account
At the top right section on eBay Click “Sell”.
Fill up your address
When you reach the selling page where you can specify which product you wish to sell on eBay, you will be one step away from completing the seller's account.
The last step that completes the creation of the eBay seller account is the setup of a payment method that will be used to pay the selling fee.
Step 3: Setup payment method
When you sell a product on eBay, you are being invoiced with the selling fee (typically 10% unless you upgrade to an eBay store subscription).
The invoice is paid every 15th of the month and it is recommended to connect your PayPal account to your eBay store as a payment method. After all, you get paid via PayPal and it makes sense to use that balance to pay your selling feed.
If you don't yet have a PayPal account, skip this step and read the next part of this article on how to set up a PayPal account.
When you are done setting up the PayPal account, go to the account at the top left corner of the eBay website
Go to Payments -> PayPal account
Click on Link My PayPal Account
Follow the instructions and complete linking the accounts. Once your PayPal account is linked to your eBay account you can start selling on eBay.
How To Set a PayPal Account
When you start selling on eBay there are two ways for you to get paid when you sell a product:
Sign up to PayPal and connect it as a payment processor to your eBay store
Use the eBay managed payment service
Later in this article, you can find information about how to roll into the eBay managed payment service. Since eBay managed payment is relatively new, it is not yet available to all sellers in all countries, therefore you might still choose to accept payments via PayPal.
To set up PayPal for dropshipping follow these 4 simple steps:
Step 1: Sign Up To PayPal
Go to PayPal and click on Sign Up
Choose a business account, these are accounts meant for accepting payments and selling online.
If you already have a personal account you can change it to a business account. Go to the profile settings at the top right corner when you are logged in to your PayPal account and change it under the Account Type option
Like on eBay, you will be asked to fill up your email, choose a password, and fill up some personal details. The questions you will be asked vary depending on which country you register from. Here are some common answers to questions that might come up:
Business name - If you are a registered business enter your legal entity name, otherwise enter your full name or the name you plan to register the business under in the future
Product or service - choose "variety stores"
Monthly sales - Choose "$$99K"
Website - Leave blank
Tip: Attain a debit card from Paypal - The PayPal debit card isn't available in every country.
In case it is available for you, it is a great way to avoid the hustle of transferring money from the PayPal account to your bank account and then paying on Ali Express (or whatever website you are sourcing from) using your debit/credit card, consider getting it.
Finish the signup process and move to the account verification process, verifying your PayPal account is an important step that will help you start your business smoothly, do it as early as possible.
Step 2: Verify Your Paypal Account
The PayPal account verification has two steps: email verification and card/bank linking.
Verify your email address
Log in to the email you signed up to PayPal with and locate the verification email, enter the email and click Confirm my email address
You will be taken back to PayPal where you will be asked to enter your email and password, then your email address will get verified.
In the account settings go to Wallet, depending on the country you are from, it might appear in the menu as Money
According to your preference, choose to link a card or a bank to your account. The linking process takes a day or two in which PayPal charges and refunds you a few cents.
Follow the instructions on PayPal to complete the process
Step 3: Withdraw Money To Pay Your Dropshipping Suppliers
When you sell on eBay you get paid directly to your PayPal account. If you are sourcing your products from websites that do not accept PayPal as a payment method you will need to withdraw money from your PayPal balance to your card or bank account.
In your PayPal dashboard click on Transfer Payment and choose the bank account or card you linked to your PayPal account in the verification process, the transfer can take business days but typically does not take longer than 3 days.
When to withdraw to a card and when to a bank account
If you are located at the same local market as your PayPal and eBay account (for example: if you sell on eBay.com, own a US PayPal account and US bank account) it is probably easier to withdraw the money directly to your bank account and use a credit or debit card to pay on Ali Express or any website you source products from
If you are an international seller check with PayPal customer support if withdrawing the currency you get paid with (for example USD for eBay.com sellers) directly to your bank account will result in automatic currency exchange.
For example: PayPal does not transfer USD directly to Israeli banks, instead it first converts is to the local Israeli currently (ILS) and then transfers the money in local currency.
It is recommended to avoid transferring money directly to your bank when automatic exchange because when you pay your suppliers you typically pay in USD or the currency you sell in, and that would result in paying double exchange fees for every sale - once for the transfer from PayPal to your bank and once to exchange the money in the bank to pay in USD on Ali Express.
If an automatic exchange is applied to your bank withdraws, contact your bank account to issue a credit card with a USD balance. Then, add the credit card to your PayPal account and withdraw the money directly to it.
Step 4: Connect The PayPal Account to eBay
The last step of the PayPal account setup is connecting it to eBay, without the connection when you sell on eBay the funds won't be able to transfer to your PayPal account.
Go to eBay > Top left dropdown menu > Payments > PayPal Account
Click Link my PayPal account
You will be redirected to PayPal and be asked to log in. Then, when the account linking will be done successfully you will be redirected back to eBay.
How To Setup eBay Managed Payments
The eBay managed payments feature is not available for all of the sellers on eBay. At the moment a full guide on how to set up the service is not available in this help center but you can get help from eBay with its setup if you follow these steps:
Opt-in to the eBay seller hub
Go to the Payments tab
Click Express Interest
Tip: Learn more about this new payment system in the eBay managed payments quick guide
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How to Create an eBay Seller's Account
Selling your products on eBay can open up new markets for your business. The process for becoming an eBay seller is fairly simple and is open to all businesses and individuals. You will first need to register with eBay if you don't already have a regular account, and then set up a seller account that allows you to list your products for sale.
Register With eBay
Go to the eBay website (see Resources below) and click the "Register" link on the eBay toolbar.
Click the "Start a Business Account" link to register under a business name. By selecting this option, your business name will be displayed whenever you offer an item for sale.
Enter the name, address and phone number of your business. Also enter the name, email address and phone number of the person who will be responsible for managing the account. Check the box at the bottom to accept the user agreement and click "Continue."
Select a user ID and password that you will use when logging in to your eBay account. Click "Continue" when you are done.
Check your email for a confirmation message from eBay. Click the "Confirm" button in the email message. A new browser window will appear and you will be logged into eBay under your new account name.
Create Seller Account
Click the "Sell" tab on the eBay toolbar then select "Sell and Item" from the menu if you are ready to sell an item right away. You will be taken through the steps of listing your item for sale before you create your seller account. If you don't want to list an item right away, you can still create a seller account but you will first have to navigate through several pages: Click "Site Map" at the bottom of any eBay page, then select "Selling and Seller Fees" at the end of the list under "Help Topics." Choose "Selling Basics," and then click "Creating a Seller Account." Click the "Create a Seller Account" link in the text of the article (see link in Resources).
Verify that your account information is correct and make any changes if needed. If your business has a physical location, check the box next to "I Have a Brick-and-Mortar Store." Click "Continue."
Obtain a PIN from eBay to verify your identity. Select either "Call Me Now" or "Text Me Now" from the options, and within seconds you will get an automated call or text at the number you provided when you created the account. Once you learn the PIN, enter it into the box on the website and click "Continue."
Select a method for paying your seller fees and reimbursing customers who make claims under eBay's buyer protection policy. You can choose PayPal, a debit or credit card, or provide a bank account number. Once you have entered the details of your payment method and the information has been verified, you are ready to sell items on eBay.
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How to Open a Buyer's Account on eBay
There are two distinct groups on eBay: buyers and sellers. If you just wish to make purchases on eBay, such as buying new computer equipment for your business, you can create a buyer's account free on eBay's website. To create an eBay account, you only need a valid email address. After creating your eBay account, it is a good idea to then enter in additional information to flesh out your account, such as your shipping address or payment information, before making a purchase.
Navigate to the eBay website and click "Register" at the top of the screen.
Fill out the required fields: first and last name, your email address and your desired eBay account name and password.
Click "Yes, Continue" to create your eBay buyer account.
Click "My eBay" at the top of the screen to access your account.
Click any link on the left side of the screen to enter additional information into your account. For example, clicking "Address" allows you to designate a shipping address, while clicking "PayPal" will allow you to link your PayPal account to your eBay account.
Click your account name followed by "Sign Out" to sign out of your account when leaving eBay.
- Your eBay username cannot be the same as your email address. In addition, if your desired username is already in use, you will need to make a different one before proceeding with registration.
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How to set up an eBay account for your business
eBay is a great way to access a worldwide marketplace that contains hundreds of millions of customers, from all over the world. Sign up for an eBay account now: It is quick, easy and doesn’t cost a penny!
Signing up for an eBay account
- To sign up for 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 eBay 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 youre 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 eBays Support Team.
Set up a new eBay 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 for a business account. 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.
Add a new payment card to eBay
You will have already added an automatic payment method during setup, but if you want to add or delete a payment card, you can do so from your Seller Account.
To add a new payment method:
- 1. Navigate to your Seller Account
- 2. Find payment methods for seller fees and select the option change automatic payment method
- 3. You should now see a dropdown menu where you can choose your payment method. Enter your information and click save. If youre linking your eBay to Paypal, select continue to be redirected to Paypal
Look for Payment methods for seller fees and select Change automatic payment method.
From the dropdown menu, choose your preferred payment method.
Enter your information. For direct debit or card payment, select Save. For PayPal, select Continue.
Start boosting your sales
After signing up your eBay account, 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 official guide for selling on eBay in
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. And don’t worry about handling all your eBay orders, our cloud-based business management software can do it all for you, with integrations to eBay and a number of other channels and marketplaces.
How to register as a seller on eBay: step-by-step guide
Before you begin the registration process, choose a proper account type: Individual (to sell on eBay as a private individual) or Business (to sell on eBay as a legal entity, that is, a company or a sole proprietor).
How to create a business account
If you're a registered business seller (Sole proprietor/Single member LLC, Corporation/Multi member LLC, Partnership), select Create a business account on the registration page. We'll ask for some additional details, like your business name, type, and address, as well as any beneficial owners, officers, directors or account managers.
- Go to the Registration page
- Enter your name and email address
- Choose a password
- Select Create account
After you fill out the form, you may need to verify the email with a security code.
How to create a personal account
If you’re not a registered business seller, create a personal eBay account by filling in the Registration form, or by using your Facebook or Google account as well as your Apple ID.
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How Does Selling on eBay Work, and Can You Really Make Money?
By Keyede Erinfolami
We all know and love eBay, but can you really make money selling goods and services?
With availability in over countries and a buyer base of over million users, eBay is a seller's dream. It has transitioned from a place to auction off your unwanted household items into a fully-fledged shopping portal. eBay's wide range of customers makes it a suitable launchpad for your e-commerce business as any legitimate goods can be sold on it.
So if the site has piqued your entrepreneurial interests, here's a detailed guide on how to sell on eBay.
How Does Selling on eBay Work?
eBay started as an auction site but has since evolved and added the features of a basic shopping site. If you want to sell goods, you'll need an eBay account.
- Sign up and register an account on eBay, either as a personal or business account. Personal accounts are for casual sellers and are limited in the number of goods they can list. Business accounts are for those who intend to sell a large number of goods and come with more perks and features.
- With your account registered, set up a payment system to receive payments from customers and pay eBay seller's fees. Previously, PayPal was the medium for payments, but eBay now manages its own payments. This system pays your fund directly to a bank account that you'd have to give eBay.
- List your goods with photographs (you are allowed 12 free photos) with a description and start selling. You can decide if you want an auction-only format or add a Buy It Now option. In auction format, a seller lists an item for a set amount of time, and prospective buyers bids. The buyer, with the last bid, which is usually the highest bid when the time runs out, wins the item. With Buy It Now, sellers set a fixed price, and any buyer who pays it buys it immediately.
Related: How to Sell More on eBay: Critical Tips to Keep in Mind
How Does an eBay Store Work?
An eBay Store is a branded business page on eBay that allows sellers to display all their listings in one place. It is a subscription-based feature that comes with additional perks based on your subscription package. It is particularly useful for sellers with large inventory as it saves extra costs. With an eBay Store, you get:
- A personalized section on eBay for your listing with links to your Store page.
- A way to brand and customize your page and add a professional feel to it.
- Discounts on certain eBay fees and a cap on Final Value fees
- Access to eBay seller tools that can aid in managing your business like Terapeak. Terapeak shows you current prices, current product trends and demand, and also eBay fees. Sellers can use this data to optimize their listings to boost sales.
- Wider exposure, as certain features in Stores make them more prominent, especially to search engines.
- Better help with handling a large number of customers as you get the option of creating an emailing list where they can opt-in. Store owners also get a toll-free telephone number to contact eBay Store Support.
The eBay Store has five basic subscription levels: Starter, Basic, Premium, Anchor, and Enterprise. You get a red 'Stores' tag next to your ID when you subscribe to one, and prices range from $5 to $ with increasing features.
What are eBay Seller Fees?
eBay charges a fee for using its platform. Knowing them will help you decide on prices for your items so you don't end up at a loss.
There are four basic fees you regularly pay as a seller.
1. Insertion Fee
This is also known as the listing fee, and it is what eBay charges you whenever you list an item for sale. This fee is calculated based on the category your item is listed under but is usually priced at $ per item. Sellers with eBay Stores receive around free listings per month, and those without receive 50 free. This is charged even if the item is not sold.
2. Final Value Fee
The Final Value Fee is charged when an item is sold on eBay and is a percentage of the total sale amount, excluding sales tax. You are charged % of the selling price for most items and a lower percentage for others.
3. eBay Monthly Store Fee
If you are serious about making this a profitable source of income, then adding an eBay Store is necessary. As stated above, you pay a monthly subscription fee to add store features to your eBay account and get added perks.
4. Advertising and Listing Upgrade Fees
To increase the chance of a sale, you can pay eBay to advertise your listings and add additional listing features. The price varies depending on the category, but this fee is optional.
How to Reduce eBay Seller Fees And Boost Profits
With each fee, your profit margin drops, so it is prudent to optimize your eBay operation to get a chance at a decent profit. These are the steps you can take to trim down some costs:
- Subscribe to a better store level, offering better perks, like more free listings, which cuts insertion fees.
- Offer eBay's Fast N' Free shipping to remove the final value fee on shipping cost.
- Have an active eBay account (at least 90 days) to qualify for top-rated seller status and qualify for a 10% discount on final value fees.
- Encourage non-paying buyers to cancel their orders. This will allow you to report the item as unpaid and qualify you for insertion fee credits when you re-list the item.
- Use eBay in-house services like their Managed Delivery service whenever they are available.
- Use eBay's listing software and tools to optimize your Store and avoid unnecessary listing upgrades.
10 Easy Ways to Boost Your eBay Sales
There are few tweaks you can apply to generate more sales as the competition for buyers is stiff.
- Include relevant keywords in your product's name to optimize it for better search results.
- Your product's description should be concise, accurate, and informative. In addition, the color, dimensions, condition of the item should be properly outlined.
- Use crisp product photos. You are allowed 12 photos, so snap the item from different angles.
- Use eBays listing upgrade feature and list your items in multiple categories.
- Clearly outline your shipping and return policy to avoid conflict with buyers.
- Create a listing schedule so you can auction off your items at the best periods
- Aggressively market your Store, as there are a vast number of listing added daily.
- Start with low opening bids and have no Reserve policy, which should attract more bidders.
- Check out the competition and differentiate yourself by offering unique features like free shipping.
- Be professional and respectful with potential buyers to generate positive feedback and improve your seller's score.
Risk and Scams to Watch out for on eBay
Most shopping sites are built to protect buyers, usually at the cost of sellers. eBay is no different, so here are some tips to safeguard yourself from scams:
- Always communicate via eBay messaging platforms, so eBay can always verify agreements made between you and the buyer.
- Never accept checks as payments and if you do, ensure they clear first before sending the item.
- Document and photograph all your invoices and receipts for shipping and packaging. This will help in fighting fraudulent claims of faulty or unsent items.
- You have the option of opening an unpaid item dispute if a buyer refuses to pay you for a sale and ignores your message. eBay will intervene and, if the buyer is at fault, a refund of your fees will be made.
- Be watchful for fraudulent chargebacks and dispute them if you know they are incorrect. It will be cost-effective to refund a legitimately unhappy customer rather than pay for a chargeback.
- If you suspect a buyer is fraudulent or has violated eBays policies, report the fraudulent buyers here.
So, Can You Make Money on eBay?
By all means, you can make good money on eBay. eBay's a fantastic marketplace for anyone interested in starting or expanding an e-commerce business, and hopefully, this article gives you the necessary pointers for a great starting point.
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