Checklist for creating a seller account and adding payout information

apps for Office and SharePoint

Learn about prerequisites and other information that you need to have ready before you can create your account and add payout information in the Microsoft Seller Dashboard.

Last modified: April 28, 2014

Applies to: apps for Office | apps for SharePoint | Office 2013 | Office 365 | SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013

Important note Important

Check the Regional Information for the Microsoft Seller Dashboard to ensure that you reside in a country or region that the Seller Dashboard supports.

If you want to submit apps for listing in the Office Store, you must create an account in the Microsoft Seller Dashboard. In addition, if you want to offer apps for purchase, you also have to add payout information in the Seller Dashboard. Before you create your account and add payout information, be sure to have the items in the following checklists prepared.

Choose your account type

You can choose one of the following account types:

Important note Important

You won’t be able to change the account type, so it is important that you choose the correct type when you are creating your account.

  • Company account: Choose this account type if you are registering on behalf of a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or other company legally registered with your local government.

  • Individual account: Choose this account type if you are registering as an independent developer.

Prepare your marketing profile information

Prepare your account information ahead of time to make creating your account in the Seller Dashboard faster and easier. Part of your account is your marketing profile that describes your expertise and tells customers how your apps can benefit them and address their business needs. A well-written marketing profile can substantially increase customer interest in your apps.

Prepare your account information

To complete your account in the Seller Dashboard, you need the items in the following checklist.

Table 1. Seller Dashboard account information checklist

What you need

Account type (Company/Individual)

Notes for company accounts

Notes for individual accounts

Ready

Microsoft account

Both

Use your company’s Microsoft account to sign in to the Seller Dashboard. You can associate only one Microsoft account with your company account. If your company doesn’t already have a Microsoft account, you can sign up for one on the Seller Dashboard sign-in page.

Important note Important

If your company is already registered in Microsoft marketplaces with a Microsoft account, you must use that same Microsoft account to register in the Seller Dashboard. You won’t be able to register your company in the Seller Dashboard with a different Microsoft account. The information you provide in the Seller Dashboard must be consistent with the information you provided in the Microsoft marketplaces with the same Microsoft account. For example, your company name and address must be the same.

Use your Microsoft account to sign in to the Seller Dashboard. If needed, you can sign up for a Microsoft account on the Seller Dashboard sign-in page.

Important note Important

If you already use a Microsoft account in Microsoft marketplaces, you must use that same Microsoft account to register in the Seller Dashboard.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Company name

Company

Provide your company name as part of your marketing profile.

Tip Tip
  • Your company name in the Seller Dashboard must be the full registered name of your company, and it must be unique from any other marketing profile identities in the Seller Dashboard. Also, Microsoft will verify that you have permission to submit apps for this company. If your company is registered in Microsoft marketplaces, your company name must be the same in the marketplaces and in the Seller Dashboard.

  • When you provide your company name, we strive to avoid any name duplication with brand names and other company names. This may be for a company that has already registered in our marketplaces or that has a presence in your region. If you choose a name that is too common or that is too similar to another company name, we may decline your request for approval and ask you to choose a different name.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Display name

Individual

This is the customer-facing name for your marketing profile. Customers identify you by this name.

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  • Your display name must be unique from any other account display names in the Seller Dashboard. Otherwise, it won’t be approved.

  • Your display name must be unique from any other account display names in the Seller DashboardWhen you provide your display name, we strive to avoid any name duplication with brand names and other company names. This may be for a company that has already registered in our marketplaces or that has a presence in your region. If you choose a name that is too common or that is too similar to another company name, we may decline your request for approval and ask you to choose a different name.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Logo

Both

Your logo is an image for your partner profile. Customers identify your company with this logo.

Tip Tip
  • Your logo image must be in one of the following file formats: .png, .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif. It must be exactly 96 x 96 pixels, and no greater than 250 KB.

  • We recommend that you scan your logo with a current version of virus detection software, and upload it to the Seller Dashboard only if it passes the virus scan. If you need virus detection software, see Microsoft Safety & Security Center.

Your logo is an image for your profile. Customers identify you with this logo.

Tip Tip

Logo requirements are the same as those listed in the Tip for company accounts.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Description

Both

This is your company’s marketing profile. It’s a general overview of the skills and expertise of your company. Brief, concise descriptions look better on webpages.

For example:

Litware is a leader in providing cross-platform mobile apps that just work. Gain your competitive edge with Litware’s apps for Office that you can use with your Office 365 subscription. Litware has been in software development for 23 years and has industry-leading expertise, support, and prices that are easy on your bottom line.

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  • Your description is required. It can be up to 4000 characters, but brief descriptions look better on webpages. The description field is plain text only—it won’t display tables, bold, italics, or any other rich-text formatting. Be sure to correct any editorial issues, such as misspellings or grammatical errors. For more information, see the Understand the account approval process in the Seller Dashboard section in Create Your Account and Add Payout Information in the Microsoft Seller Dashboard.

  • To add a bulleted list, surround each list item with [#LI] and [/#LI], or use hyphens ("-") as bullets.

    Note Note

    At this time, you can use only one bulleted list in your description.

This is your marketing profile. It’s a general overview of your skills and expertise to share with customers. Brief, concise descriptions look better on webpages.

Tip Tip

Description requirements are the same as those listed in the Tip for company accounts.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Residential information

Both

Provide your residential address and personal phone number. This information is for identity verification purposes only.

Note Note

You must provide the address where you reside in order for your account to be approved. If you provide an address other than your residential address, such as a business address, your account will not be approved.

Same requirements as for company account.

Your contact information and website

Both

Provide your company contact information and the website where your customers can learn more about your company and its products and services. Microsoft might contact you to verify your account and identity.

Note Note

You must own the content on the website you provide, and it must be functioning.

Provide your contact information and the website where your customers can learn more about your products and services. Additionally, Microsoft might contact you to verify your account and identity.

Note Note

You must own the content on the website you provide, and it must be functioning.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Legal profile

Company

Your company’s legal contact information might be different from your marketing profile contact information. If so, enter your preferred legal contact information here.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

Company reference

Company

Your company reference must be someone within your company, other than yourself, who can verify the status of your company or your status as an employee of the company. Provide a first name, a last name, and an email address for this person, and make sure that you notify the person that you are using them as a reference in the Seller Dashboard. This person will be asked to respond on your behalf and must respond in order for your account to be approved.

Seller Dashboard checklist checkbox

You can use the Seller Dashboard to create your account and add payout information. To learn more, see How to: Create or edit a seller account and add payout information.

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