How to Create an eBay Seller's Account
By Alan Sembera
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.
Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.