Sign up for Office 365

You can sign up your small business for Office 365 in minutes. Once you sign up for Office 365, you can start using business email, website, online storage, meetings tools, and much more.

Quick steps

Here’s what you need to do to sign up for Office 365 Small Business Premium.

  1. Go to www.office365.com.
  2. Select For business, and then select See plans and pricing.
    For business and See plans and pricing buttons
  3. Choose Small Business Premium if you want the desktop versions of Office, or Small Business if you don’t.
  4. Select Buy now.
  5. In the sign up page, enter information in each field. Most of the fields are straightforward, such as your phone number and email. There’s just one that you need to think about first:
  • User ID. This will become your Office 365 email address, and will also be what you use to sign in each day. For example, if your business name is Fourth Coffee, you might choose Rob@fourthcoffee.onmicrosoft.com. You enter your user name in the first box. Then you enter your company name between @ and .onmicrosoft.com.
    The User ID field has two parts, your user name and your company name

Most people add their own domain to Office 365 shortly after they sign up. Once you add your domain, you can set it up so that your user ID and email address use your domain. For example, if you have a domain named fourthcoffee.com, you’ll be able to set up your email address as rob@fourthcoffee.com.

  1. Select Continue.
  2. On the Customize your order page, do the following:
  • Select the number of licenses you need. You’ll need one for you, and one for each person in your company who’ll be using Office 365.
  • Select any optional add-ons you want. To learn more about a specific add-on, select Details.
  • Choose Check out.
  1. Fill out the Service usage address information, review your order, and then choose Next.
  2. Review the legal agreement, verify your name, and then choose Next.
  3. On the Payment page, enter your payment information, and then choose Place Order.
  4. On the Order completed page, choose Continue.
  5. Enter your cell number and alternate email so that you can reset your password if you forget it. Choose Save and continue.
  6. This takes you to the Welcome page for administrators. From here, choose links at the top of the page to start using Office 365, or set things up first.

 Tip    To get back to Office 365 at any time, go to portal.microsoftonline.com, and choose the sign in link on the page. Then enter your Office 365 user ID, which is the email address and password you created when signing up.

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Frequently asked questions


Can I try it before I buy it?

Of course. Go to www.office365.com, select For business, select See plans and pricing, and then under the Small Business Premium section, choose Free Trial.

After you use your trial, you can buy it. All your users and data from the trial will still be there. For more information, see Buy a subscription after trying Office 365.

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What are my payment options?

You can pay for your subscription by using a credit card or by requesting an invoice. If you request an invoice, you can also set up automatic payments from your bank. When you’re ready to pay, view or print your bill.

 Important    Be sure to choose the best payment option for your organization. Changing payment options involves calling billing support. For more information, see Change your payment method for Office 365.

  • Pay by requesting an invoice: When you choose this option, you will receive an email message when your bill is ready to be viewed. You can verify the charges before you pay the bill. For more information, see Pay by invoice.
  • Set up automatic payments from your bank:    To set up an automatic payment, you need to give the bank the routing information. You can find the routing information for your account on your invoice.

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Do I get a receipt or statement?

You can print your billing statement:

  1. Go to Admin > Manage and purchase licenses.
  2. On the Subscriptions page, choose a subscription.
  3. On the Subscription details page, choose View bill.

For more details, see View your bill for Office 365.

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How do I use my domain name instead of .onmicrosoft.com?

See Set up your domain name for a short video and step-by-step instructions. It takes just a few minutes to use your domain name with Office 365 so that your email address doesn’t need to include .onmicrosoft.com.

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Does a subscription auto-renew?

By default, subscriptions renew automatically each year on the day that you subscribed.

  • To turn auto-renew off, choose Admin > Manage and purchase licenses, choose a subscription, and then choose Turn auto-renew off. Use this same method to turn auto-renew back on.

Turning off auto-renew will not cancel your subscription. To cancel, see Cancel my subscription.

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How do I add a user?

See Set up users for a short video and instructions for adding additional people to your account.

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Does everyone need to have all of Office 365?

You can have set it up so that different people have access to different parts of Office 365. You do this by assigning licenses to individuals.

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How do I get add-ons like Project Pro or Visio?

  1. Go to the page on Office.com for the add-on such as Project Pro or Visio Pro and select Buy now.
  2. If it can be added to your subscription, follow the directions on that page to add it.

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 Tip    Return to the Office 365 Small Business setup center.

 
 
Applies to:
Office 365 Small Business admin