By Jan Zimmerman, Deborah Ng

You can create a Pinterest account more easily these days than you could when Pinterest first arrived on the scene. You no longer need to request an invitation from Pinterest or ask a friend with a Pinterest account to invite you. Just head to Pinterest and follow these steps to create an account:

  1. On the Pinterest home page, type your email address and desired password in the appropriate text boxes, and then click the red Sign Up button, as shown.

    Sign up for Pinterest.
    Sign up for Pinterest.
  2. Alternatively, you also have the option to sign in using your Facebook account. Click on the Facebook icon to do so.

    When you log in with Facebook, you also have the option to follow your friends from that network after you provide your profile details.

    Next, a page appears that asks you what you’re interested in, with many options to check off as interests.

  3. Check off the categories you like the most.

    Don’t worry, though, you can tweak and fine-tune your account any time.

  4. If you’re signing in with email, you’re taken to a screen where you’re asked to add your name, select whether you are male or female, and type in your age.

    Because this is about brand pages, instead of continuing on to create a personal account, select the link below the red Continue button that says Continue as a Business.

  5. Type in your email address, password, and business name, and select your business type from the drop‐down menu. You can also list your business URL. Then click Create Account.

    You’re taken to a visual menu where you can choose topics that interest you.

  6. Choose a minimum of five categories — but you can choose as many as you like.

  7. Click Follow.

    Now you have some pins to look at.

After you get an account, the easiest way to log in is by using the same method you used to create the account. Click the icon to sign in via Facebook. You can also log in using your email address. After you log in, you can get started.

You can choose to have your pins show up on Facebook. Many people who use Pinterest as a personal account enjoy sharing pins with their Facebook communities. However, it’s different for a brand account. A brand’s community doesn’t want to receive a ton of updates and may become turned off if a brand’s pins are showing up all day on their Facebook News Feeds.