Create or edit a Seller Dashboard seller account and add payout information

Office and SharePoint Add-ins

Create an account, add a marketing profile, and add payout information in the Seller Dashboard so that you can submit apps or add-ins for listing in the Office Store.

Last modified: July 21, 2015

Applies to: apps for Office | apps for Office Mix | apps for SharePoint | Office 365 | Office Add-ins | SharePoint Add-ins

Note Note

The names "apps for Office" and "apps for SharePoint" are changing to "Office Add-ins" and "SharePoint Add-ins". During the transition, the documentation and the UI of some Office and SharePoint products and Visual Studio tools might still use the terms "apps for Office" and "apps for SharePoint". For details, see New name for apps for Office and SharePoint.

In this article
Create your Seller Dashboard account
Add payout and tax information
Edit your Seller Dashboard account
Tips for a smoother account approval process
Check your account approval status
Additional resources

If you want to submit your apps or add-ins to be listed in the Office Store, you first create an individual or company account in the Seller Dashboard. If you want to offer them for purchase, you also have to add payout information.

Your account also includes your marketing profile. Your marketing profile tells customers what your expertise is and how your apps or add-ins benefit them and address their business needs. A well-written marketing profile can increase your ability to engage potential customers.

If you are registering on behalf of a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership, or other company legally registered with your local government, create a company account in the Seller Dashboard. If you are an independent developer, create an individual account.

Create a company account

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 can’t register your company in the Seller Dashboard with a different Microsoft account. The information you provide 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.

  1. Sign in to the Seller Dashboard with your company’s Microsoft account.

    Note Note

    If your company doesn’t have a Microsoft account, choose Sign up now. You can associate only one Microsoft account with your company.

  2. In the REGISTRATION wizard, on the account details page, add your personal info.

    Note Note

    Provide the contact information for your company’s administrator for the Seller Dashboard account in the First Name, Last Name, and Account Contact Email boxes.

  3. Under account type, verify that Company is selected, and then choose NEXT.

  4. On the company details page, complete your marketing profile, as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1. Add a marketing profile

    Company details page of the Registration wizard
  5. Under legal profile, leave the check box selected if the contact information in your marketing profile is the same as the contact information for your legal profile. If it isn’t the same, choose the check box to provide the contact information for your legal profile.

  6. Under company reference, provide the name and email address of someone within your company, other than yourself, who can verify the status of your company or your status as an employee of the company. Make sure that you notify this person that you used them as a reference in the Seller Dashboard.

  7. Choose SUBMIT FOR APPROVAL.

Your account is automatically routed to the approval process. For more information, see Understand the account approval process in the Seller Dashboard in this topic.

Create an individual account

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.

  1. Sign in to the Seller Dashboard with your Microsoft account.

  2. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, choose Sign up.

  3. In the REGISTRATION wizard, on the account details page, add your personal details.

  4. Under residential info, provide your residential address and personal phone number.

    Note Note

    This information is for identity verification purposes only.

  5. Under account type, choose Individual.

  6. On the individual details page, complete your marketing profile, and then choose SUBMIT FOR APPROVAL.

Your account is automatically routed to the approval process. For more information, see the Understand the account approval process in the Seller Dashboard section in this topic.

If you want to offer apps or add-ins for purchase, you also need to add payout and tax information in the Seller Dashboard. You can add this information later, but it takes some time to validate the tax information. We recommend that you add the information as soon as possible.

  1. Sign in to the Seller Dashboard with your Microsoft account.

  2. Choose the ACCOUNT tab, and then choose payout & tax.

  3. Choose ADD PAYOUT AND TAX INFO.

  4. On the Choose a payment method page, under New payment method, choose Bank account or PayPal.

    Note Note

    If you have apps that customers purchase in the marketplace, this is the account where you will receive payout for those purchases.

  5. Enter details for a bank account or a PayPal account.

  6. Choose NEXT.

  7. On the Tax Information page, select the country or region where you have permanent residency, select the country or region where you hold primary citizenship, and then choose NEXT.

  8. Enter your tax details, and then choose NEXT.

  9. Choose Submit.

    Note Note

    If you are not ready to submit your tax information for validation yet, you can choose Save or Save and Exit.

You might need to edit your account if changes are required for approval, or if some of your account details change at a later date.

Note Note

If you edit your account information after your account is approved:

  • Your account goes through the approval process again. Depending on the changes submitted, this approval might take less time than the initial account approval.

  • Your published apps or add-ins will still be available in the marketplace. The previous version of your marketing profile will appear until the new version of your marketing profile is approved.

To edit your account, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Seller Dashboard with your Microsoft account.

  2. Choose the ACCOUNT tab.

  3. Under manage, choose EDIT ACCOUNT.

  4. Make your changes, and then choose SUBMIT FOR APPROVAL.

Your account changes are automatically routed to the approval process.

When you create or edit your account and submit it for approval, it is reviewed by GeoTrust and members of the Seller Dashboard team. To improve the accuracy and quality of your account information, apply the following guidelines when you create your account.

Individual or company information requirements

  • Your display name or company name must be unique from any other marketing profile identities in the Seller Dashboard. Your company name in the Seller Dashboard must be the full registered name of your company.

  • When you provide your display name or your company name, strive to avoid any duplication with brand names or other company names. This might be 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, your request might be declined and you will be asked to choose a different name.

  • You must own the content on the website you provide, and the website must be functional.

  • If you are creating a company account, your company information must be verifiable and accurate. Also, you must be authorized to act on behalf of your company. This includes authorization to submit apps for your company.

  • If you are creating a company account, your 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. Make sure that you notify this person that you have used them as a reference in the Seller Dashboard.

Important note Important
  • If your company is already registered in Microsoft marketplaces with a Microsoft account, you must use that Microsoft account to register your company in the Seller Dashboard. You won’t be able to register your company in the Seller Dashboard with a different Microsoft account. The information that 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.

  • If you already use a Microsoft account as an independent developer in Microsoft marketplaces, you must use that Microsoft account to register in the Seller Dashboard.

Content quality and formatting requirements

  • Use first-person in your description. For example, "I provide apps that …" or "Our apps help you to …".

  • Focus your description on your or your company's skills and expertise

  • Use correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.

  • 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 only use one bulleted list in your description.

  • Don’t use rich text formatting. Use plain text formatting only.

  • Don’t include Microsoft product trademark symbols.

  • Don’t use tables, bold type, italics, or underlining.

Logo requirements

  • The file formats must be .png, .jpg, .jpeg, or .gif.

  • The size must be exactly 96 x 96 pixels, and no greater than 250 KB.

  • The file must not contain any viruses. If you need virus detection software, see the Microsoft Safety & Security Center.

  • The file must not contain any inadmissible or offensive images.

When the validation process is complete, you will receive an email message alerting you as to whether your account is approved or your account needs changes before it can be approved. You can also follow these steps to check the status in the Seller Dashboard:

  1. Sign in to the Seller Dashboard with your Microsoft account.

  2. Choose the ACCOUNT tab.

  3. Under manage, your account status appears next to STATUS.

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