Steps For Becoming a Flipkart Seller

How to become a Flipkart Seller

To sell on Flipkart, a person or business must become a Flipkart Seller by signing on with Flipkart. The process for signing on as a Flipkart Seller is easy and can be started from the Flipkart Seller homepage. A person or business can signup as a Flipkart seller by providing information about the business and the products the seller proposes to sell through Flipkart. Some of the details that must be provided and verified during the Flipkart Seller registration process include:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Pickup address / business address
  • Categories of product the business is interested in selling through Flipkart
  • Business registration documents
  • Tax registration documents

Business Registration

In addition to the basic information about the seller, the following business related information and documents must be submitted to Flipkart during the Flipkart seller registration process. Some of the documents to be submitted will vary depending on the type of business registration, as follows:

 Selling on Flipkart as an Individual or Sole Proprietorship

If an individual decides to sell on Flipkart on his/her own name and legal standing. The business will automatically be perceived to be a Sole Proprietorship business. A sole proprietorship business does not offer limited liability protection to the promoter, is not easily transferable, cannot have investors or partners, not very scalable and has limited capacity to obtain bank loans. Therefore, it is best to avoid becoming a seller on Flipkart using a sole proprietorship entity. In case a sole proprietorship is chosen, the following documents may have to be submitted:

Identity Proof

Signed declaration on the business letterhead stating that the individual owns and manages the bank account held in the name of the business.Statement of bank accounting registered on Flipkart payment gateway.

Passport

PAN Card

Voters ID

Driving License

Any other photo identity card

Letter from a recognized Public Authority or Public Servant verifying identity.

Address Proof 

Telephone bill (Fixed line) in the name of the Proprietorship firm

Electricity bill in the name of the Proprietorship firm

Bank Account Statement in the name of the Proprietorship

Letter from EmployerRation card

Lease or license agreement

Letter from a recognized Public Authority or Public Servant verifying identity.

 Selling on Flipkart as a Private Limited Company

Becoming a Flipkart Seller – as a Private Limited Company is one of the most preferable methods of becoming a Flipkart Seller as it provides limited liability protection to promoters, separate legal entity, easy transferability, ability to take on investors or partners and quickly scale-up operations. The following documents must be submitted for a Private Limited Company:

Identity Proof

  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation of Private Limited Company
  • Copy of Memorandum of Association
  • Company PAN Card

Address Proof 

  • Company Telephone bill (Fixed line)
  • Company Electricity bill
  • Lease or rental agreement

 Selling on Flipkart as a LLP / Partnership Firm

A Flipkart seller can also be a Partnership Firm. However, it is preferable toregister a LLP (Limited Liability Partnership) while signing on as a Flipkart seller as it provides limited liability protection, easy transferability, separate legal entity and other documents required to quickly become a Flipkart seller.

Identity Proof

  • Partnership registration or LLP Incorporation CertificatePartnership deed
  • Power of Attorney granted to a Partner or an Employee of the LLP or Partnership firm to transact business on its behalf
  • Any document identifying Partners and the person holding the Power of Attorney with their photographs
  • PAN Card of the LLP or Partnership Firm

Address Proof 

  • Any official valid document confirming the address of the Partners and the persons holding the Power of AttorneyFirm/Partner’s Telephone billFirm/Partner’s Electricity bill
  • Lease or Rental agreement
  • Company Electricity billLease or License agreement
  •  Selling on Flipkart as a Trust & Foundation

Trusts and Foundations can also become sellers on Flipkart. Documents similar to the above documents must be provided in the name of the Trust or Foundation to establish the legal identity of the Trust / Foundation and the address of the Trust / Foundation.

Flipkart Seller: Tax Registration Requirement

Once the Flipkart seller has decided on and registered a suitable business entity for the proposed business, the following tax registration and bank account in the name of the business or entity will be required:

Business name

PAN – PAN Card of the individual or private limited company or partnership

TIN – TIN Number is also known as VAT Number / Sales Tax Number / CST Number in the name of business

TAN – TAN is required for Tax Deduction at Source (TDS) – in the name of businessBank account name

Bank account number

Bank IFSC code

Starting to sell on Flipkart

Once the promoters of the business has provided the above information, documents and registrations, the business can commence selling of its products on Flipkart. Once, the formalities for Flipkart seller account registration are complete, the business can setup the storefront and list products to sell on Flipkart – to start sales.⁠⁠⁠⁠

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