Spray Tan Tax Tips

As a business owner, you'll need to understand state and national tax terms and what applies to you. We highly recommend you spend some time reading through this and following our guide to making certain you are collecting and filing all the right kinds of taxes. Plus, we don't want you missing out on deductions! 


I'ts not complicated or difficult to run your own business as and independent contractor with BronzedBerry. You are your own boss and that comes with benefits! 

Tanning Artists are independent representatives of BronzedBerry LLC and are 100% responsible for filing their own taxes. The IRS allows individuals to file a personal 1099 each year for income they have earned.

Click Here for IRS 1099 MISC Tips & Forms

We will provide a 1099-MISC to any artist that earns $600.00 or more in BB Bucks. BronzedBerry encourages each Tanning Artist to enlist the help of a certified tax professional if they questions. They are trained to help you file the proper paperwork. Best of all they can help you with calculating your lawful deductions. Below you will find tips and information that we hope is useful, we are not tax professionals and therefore the below information should not be used as legal advice. 


Every penny you receive including tips are taxable. That's why it's so important to keep great records of your expenses. In order to determine IF you owe the state or IRS money at the end of year you will subtract your expenes from your income and if your taxes will be based on what you netted after your expenses. However, remember those utilites, cell phone and mileage deductions? This is where all that hard work of record keeping comes in handy. Your tax professional will know how to attribute a value to those in order to maximize your lawful deductions. 

Ways to keep track - Are you offering credit card purchases? If not, you should, hardly anyone carries cash and the fees are tax deductible! Any system like Paypal or our preferred provider, Squareup.com has an app for your phone that lets you keep track of client purchases! Even cash or check transactions. So, get in the habit of entering each client transaction into the system. Squareup even has a loyalty program you can create for free for clients. So, it's very helpful and will make it a breeze at tax time! Otherwise keep track on your calendar and at the end of the year add it all up. 


Use our guide to help make sure you are keeping track of vital information as it relates to your business.  As a business owner, there are many items in your home that can qualify as a deduction for your business! You will have indirect and direct expenses for your business. 

Direct & Indirect Expenses - These expenses are related to your actual work, like cell phone, postage for mailing, supplies ( tan solution, equipment, client disposables, paper products (paper towels), notepads, office supplies). Don't forget your home office (speak with your CPA about the square footage dedicated to working as well as any utilities that qualify). You'll get to write off a percentage of these depending on your business. Make sure that you are calculating your travel, this includes a trip to post office, clients home or marketing events. Your CPA expense is also a deduction. Basically, a good rule of thumb is that anything you buy for your business can be a write-off! Even your BronzedBerry Membership

TIP: Grab your odometer mileage at the beginning of the year. You'll need it for your tax return. And keep track of mileage. A simple way is to add each appointment or qualifying trip into your google calendar. Add the physical address and then at the end of the year add it all up! Or download a mileage tracking app right on your phone. 

Save your receipts and if you want to make it easy for your self-input them weekly or monthly into a simple Google Doc spreadsheet. You can provide your own Income/Expense Sheet to your CPA or do your own taxes....but you should be keeping up with this monthly to alleviate tax stress.

*Details above are for your information and should not be taken as legal tax advice. It is the responsibility of each Tanning Artist to keep track of local state and federal laws regarding spray tanning services as well as reseller sales tax obligations.

Spilled It | Tanning Artist Shares Her Success Story

Is it easy to spray tan a client? What's it like to learn online and then tan clients for profits? Hear straight from an Artists' mouth, as Jen B dives into how she got started as a spray tan artist. She runs her own spray tan biz, with BronzedBerry, and is killing it. Learn the how, the why and what is required to make this business work.

Listen to her story and TAKE NOTES if you want to expand your business or build your spray tan brand.

Video Sections:

  • Ingredients Matter 1:23
  • Perfect Customers 2:45
  • Research Kits & Equipment 3:33
  • License/Permits 4:30
  • How I Broke Into Industry 4:40
  • Importance Of Working With A Group 6:22
  • What Scared Me 7:08
  • Does Online Training Work 8:14
  • Where I Advertise 8:54
  • Start Small 11:15
  • Why I Sell Retail Products 12:28
  • My Problem Areas 13:48
  • Client Feedback 14:25
  • How Much I Charge 15:40
  • This Really Happened 16:24
  • Does Bronzedberry Work 17:25 



Best Spray Tan Company

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We are the best spray tan company to work with because we have the most comprehensive and in-depth spray tan training anywhere! We are the only company combining the attention of in-person training, fully online. Our training can be completed by anyone who has access to the internet at prices everyone can afford. 

Check out our reviews - Don't just take our word for it!

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    On-Demand Learning | Fully Mobile Optimized Web-Based Learning Portal: Go at your own pace through our 21 Day Certification Program. Our Spray Tan 101 Course will go in-depth into the proper technique, consultation, safety, and liability best practices for mobile spray tan businesses. 
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    Assessment Of Work | One on One Virtual Consultation: Every Artist, prior to certification has their work evaluated by a Master Artist. We ensure you are ready and able to spray tan clients with accuracy and care. No other company does this in their virtual program!
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    Business & Marketing | Best Practices: Our spray tan class comes with module specially designed for spray tan business owners, teaching them business basics and offering marketing ideas.
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    Never Organge: The technique learned along with our amazing tanning solutions, means you can avoid the dreaded "oompa loompa" look on clients...ALWAYS.
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Professional tan solutions

Natural and Organic, actually means something to us. BronzedBerry uses EU (European) complient ingredients, they are made in the USA, vegan, cruelty free, and biodegradable. All our ingredients are listed on each bottle and website. We are commited to providing products that are good for your skin and our environment. 

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    Natural Without Sacrificing Efficiency: Our clients and Artists are addicted to our professional tanning solutions and sunless products. We guarantee you'll love them or your money back*. Simply the best tan of your life!
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    Certified Organic: When possible we use certified organic ingredients in our solution, like organic white tea extract. We use gentle ingredients like Aloe Vera, vegetable glycerin, and chamomile.  
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    Ecocert DHA: The main ingredient that tans your skin is DHA, we source the purest on the market that is certified by Ecocert and conforms to European Standards.  
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    Our Yuck List: We manufacture WITHOUT Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrochemicals, Alcohol, Parabens, PABA, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Formaldehyde.
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We created a unique spray tan membership program for professional spray Tan Artists. This is a community of amazing women who take their business(s) seriously while juggling life. This program enhances skill set, keeps up to date on compliance/industry changes, has awesome DISCOUNTS on all the BronzedBerry products and helps to ignite passion. Nothing to lose, everything to gain, it comes with a 14 Day Free Trial. *

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    Discounts: Receive up to 50% off professional tanning solutions, discounts on EVERY BronzedBerry product.
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    Continuing Education: Once a month education webinars for enhancing and perfecting the spray tanning craft, marketing, and promotional education. Education designed to push Artists business to the next level.  
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    Private Facebook Group: Access to Master Artists and Educators who are answering questions daily, additional training and marketing support provided in this forum. 
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    Artists Search: Leverage our brand by having your own URL and professional profile on our site that links back to your social media accounts. Get booked!
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     Liability Release: We offer a digital client waiver to our Artists to reduce the risk and liability. Unlike competitors who offer a paper copy, our document captures real signatures through legal software and is backed up on our servers.

*Certification required. Contact info@bronzedberry.com with questions. 

4 Ways To Instantly Love The Skin You’re In

VAlentine's skin prep guide

love the skin you're in with Bronzedberry


The winter is dreadful on our skin! Unevenness, patchy, dry and itchy are all common winter skin complaints. Removing the top layer of your skin is called exfoliation, sloughing, or what we like to joking refer to as 'epidermis removous'.  

Whatever you call it, we all know that this needs to be removed because you can't "fix" or "cure" the skin...it's already dead folks. The only thing that's truly going to make a difference is to remove it. 

So, how do we do that? Many people DIY there own sugar or salt scrub, which almost always includes an oil of some kind. Here's the thing, should you really be mixing and trying a new combination of ingredients on your skin prior to an event? Same goes for the ones you buy in the store, many of those are full of ingredients you can even say...go ahead we dare you to try! 

Avoid the hassle, use a Glove that is designed to be used in your shower or bath over and over again. Typically lasts 6 months and can be washed with your laundry (avoid the dryer). 

So, when you are ready for glowing, radiant skin, put on the Glove


"No matter what, everyone looks good with a BronzedBerry tan", according to makeup artist Lindsay Shields. We couldn't agree more! Loving the skin you're in is our jam. 

All of our tanning products are made in the USA, using European approved ingredients (bc EU has higher toxicity standards than the USA). We make our tanning solutions, tanning cream and spray tan products in small batches using only natural preservatives and pure essential oils for fragrances. 

Whether you see an Artist before Valentine's Day or you give your self a pep in your step with one of our self-tanning products, we guarantee you'll love it (see our amazing return policy). 

Nervous about a DIY tan? Don't be, baby steps...try Extend. It's a colorless cream that smells like coconut (infused with Hawaiian monoi de tahini oil). Results show up in as little as 8 hours and can be applied like regular lotion. 


No rocket science here, one of the first steps to radient skin is hydration. This is the largest pore on your body, water it well. Did you realize that dehydrated skin accentuates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? Ugh, no woman wants that. 

Contributing Factors:

  • Low humidity ( like in winter bc of running the furnace)
  • Not Drinking Enough Water
  • Trans Epidermal Water Loss ( your natural moisture leaving your skin)

Avoid this by drinking plenty of water and using quality moisturizers. The best moisturizers contain an occlusive agent, humectant, and emmioliant.* Add a few drops of our Replenish Serum to your routine and begin seeing almost immediate improvements in the appearance of your skin. 

*According to Dr. Hunt, Women's Health Mag


Your smile is the first thing people notice about you!* 

We have not left that out of our bag of tricks, this is an annual 'Must Do' for every woman. And might we suggest men too? 

Brighten it up easily, without the pain in as little as one hour...at home! We've put to the test the most common whitening systems on the market and compared them, see the result here

A nice natural white smile is one of the easiest and fastest ways to melt years off your appearance. 

*According to Cosmopolitan.com

Want more Valentine's Advice? Read Our: 3 Ways To Get In The Mood

Top 5 Spray Tan Gun Fails

Prevent, Diagnose And fix the most common spray tan gun mishaps

It's going to happen, your spray tanning gun will fail you. Regardless of if you are mobile spray tan professional or one that works in a salon, spray gun maintaince is a must! Equipment fails, and usually in the middle of an important session with a client. All spray tanners and Tanning Artists should know how to combat the common issues and problems that plague spray tan guns. 

Don't wait until the problem happens while with a client and their session is ruined. Preserve your sanity and your career by following the tips and fixes in this video. The equipment we feature is from Apollo Sprayers, and they are one of the most common in the industry. We highly recommend their amazing equipment. 

DIY Product Samples | Tutorial

Learn how to make your own product samples for less than that can actually help you sell your products. Use our hack to create samples for less than $.50 a piece!

Samples can be expensive when you purchase them in bulk. Learn how to inexpensively make your own samples of creams, lotions, soaps, makeup and more! Sometimes the best way to get someone "hooked" on your favorite product is for them to try it themselves.

We recommend to all our Tanning Artists that they create these with our tan Extend and Face lotions to send home with Brides and top paying clients. These are perfect for the occasional touch-up.

BronzedBerry provides a free printable label for our products to our members. It comes free in our 21 Day Certification Course and in our Vault.

Use the links below and get started making your own samples!

LED Teeth Whitening | Get The Most Out Of It

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Want pearly whites in one hour without significant gum sensitivity? Use the tips below to get the most out of LED gel teeth whitening kits.

We recently posted an article regarding teeth whitening and the latest trends. We review other options and what results you can expect from you each. Check it out here.

1. Watch The How To Video - Let us walk you through unpacking your kit and explain the items inside and how to use them. While some companies contents may vary slightly, most kits will be significantly similar. Kits will always include an LED light and gel at it's most basic level. 

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Ditch the tray. If your kit comes with a tray, avoid using it altogether (follow our video and apply the gel directly to your teeth). This will help eliminate sensitivity from the gel overlapping your gums and you'll use about the half the gel!

2. How Much Gel To Use - In each treatment you'll roughly use about 1mL of gel, but don't focus on that. Apply enough gel to completely cover your top and bottom teeth. We suggest you apply gel to all the teeth that show when you smile. Don't waste your gel by going too far back, remember it's LED light activated so if the light can't reach it, you are wasting your product.  

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Use this picture guide (below) as a reference for how much gel to apply to your teeth before a treatment. Only overlap gums slightly. 

led teeth whitening gel guide

3. How Many Treatments Can I Do - Always refer to the manufacturers guide first. Most take home kits with an LED light are intended to be used in multiple treatments, each treatment lasting between 15-20 minutes. Beyond that the LED activated ingredients do not work so there is zero use in keeping it on longer. After each 20 minute session, you'll reapply the gel and begin the process over again. The higher the concentration of peroxide the stronger the bleaching agent and the more you'll need to be careful not to overdo it. We recomend NO more than 3 consecutive treatments lasting no more than 20 minutes each. If you are using a high quality gel the results will last you between 6-12 months!  

BronzedBerry Pro-Tip: Put gel in fridge and discard within 12 months, or less if package indicates an expiration date. Refrigeration will help keep bacteria from growing inside your gel syringe. Always discard if something smells or looks suspicious. 

Disclaimer: This post is NOT medical or dental advice. Seek professional guidance if you have questions about the safety of teeth whitening for your teeth or that of a minor. This is intended as a reference for kits available for purchase off the internet with 16% or less peroxide concentration. 

Pearly Whites Without The Pain | Options

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I can’t think of anyone that doesn’t want a bright white smile. Life happens (including coffee & wine) and our teeth can lose that youthful brightness. Getting it back requires the use of a product that can lift and remove the stains. There are so many options to chose from.

As an avid teeth whitener myself, I’ve tried and researched them all. Most everyone is familiar with whitening strips (cost up to $80+) and kits with trays from a dentist that can cost upwards of $300. I’m focusing this article on recent trends in the teeth whitening world and analyzing the costs, claims and research. 

Source: trustdentalcare.com

That Charcoal Thing

Holy cannoli, I can barely be on Facebook without seeing a picture of someone with black charcoal running down their face.

The Claim: "Charcoal will remove stains from teeth"

The Price: $4.99-$20.00 Per Tube AVG $80 per year

The Research: Activated Charcoal is amazing for many things but be cautious using this on your teeth. It can be abrasive and depending on the condition of your teeth and enamel it can cause more harm than good. It may lift temporary stains, like today's coffee, but the 'sins' of yesteryear require a bleaching agent to permanently remove stains. Charcoal toothpaste requires consistent use in order to keep any of the minimal results you could expect to receive. If this is your jam, check out this blog for comparisons and how to use charcoal toothpaste.

The Problem: I'm just not into cleaning my sink out every day so making it myself out of capsules is a no go for me. The pastes themselves seem fine enough but I just don't like using abrasives on my family's teeth. I'd rather a permanent solution that is quick. 

AP 24 Toothpaste By Nu Skin

"Magic" Natural Toothpaste

If I could brush away years of stains off my teeth naturally, I'd be all about it. But recently I've been seeing claims from friends on Facebook about a toothpaste that will permentatnly remove stains, whiten teeth naturally and is gentle enough for children. But, none of their pictures included the brand name or ingredient list so I was on a mission to figure this trend out. 

The Claim: Naturally Whiten Teeth | Safe Enough For Children

The Price: $20 Per Tube $200 Per Year

The Research: It works temporarily, but just like the charcoal paste, it's an abrasive agent in the paste that is scrubbing away surface stains. This can be problematic for anyone who is concerned with their enamel and especially for children. Everyone needs to decide for themselves if the price is worth it, considering you have to keep using it to keep up the results, results are NOT permanent. This toothpaste is produced by multi-level marketing company, Nu-Skin. Just google Nu-Skin toothpaste complaints and you'll see a slew of info and research on this brand. Ultimately, if the toothpaste works for you and you are willing to purchase on an ongoing basis go for it! 

My Problem: Nu Skin does NOT say it's natural however it's distributors often say "it's safe for kids and it's natural". My issues are not with the company, they are free to product and make whatever they want however they are still liable for what their sales people are saying. I'm hopeful they'll buckle down and educate them a bit more on the use of the word "natural" and "safe". My biggest gripe is why are the sales people not disclosing the company name and what it is? Is it a secret?  If you actually look at the ingredients (click to read), there are many that are questionable for ingesting. Personally I would never let my child ingest these, especially on a regular basis! Teeth whitening, in my oppinion is something that should be done and marketed for adults and teens only, it makes me cringe to hear people advocating this to children. But, to be fair, the ingredients are not really any different then other whitening pastes on the market so if you would be comfortable using those on your kiddos then this should be no different. If the results and price are worth it to you, go for it! 

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LED Teeth Whitening Kits

In choosing a whitening kit for myself I require safe ingredients,  great results and a fair price.   LED teeth whitening kits are all the rage and for good reason. Whiten your teeth in as little as one hour with results that last up to a year! Depending on brand these kits can even be good for those suffering from teeth sensitivity as well. 

The Claim: Naturally Whiten Teeth In One Hour

The Price: $20 - $120 Per Kit/Per Year (one kit lasts entire year)

The Research: These kits are availble for purchase from many companies. We found the widest rage, for our research on Amazon. Peroxide and Non-Peroxide formulas are available. Peroxide formulas achieve the best most permanent result (up to a year) by actually bleaching your teeth. Those worrying about tooth enamel erosion from abrasive toothpastes will find these kits more satisfactory. Peroxide kits are NOT recommend for children and best suited for adults. Non Peroxide kits are perfect for anyone with teeth sensitivity, the results are not as good as peroxide based gels but improvement is definitely noticeable. 

My Problem: Many companies provide teeth whitening trays and do not disclose the ingredients or where the gel comes from. Many gels are made in China and dropped shipped using companies like Amazon for distribution. Be careful and research each kit, find out where the gel is made and the peroxide percentage. The highest strength availble for retail sale is 16% Hydrogen Peroxide. Teeth gel trays will use up unessary amounts of gel and increase tooth sensitivity because the gel is wrapping around the back side of the teeth and surrounding the gum line. Most of tooth sensitivity can be avoided by simply not using a tray and applying the gel directly to your teeth with only a slight overlap of the gum line. Find a company whose gel is made in USA and one that you can trust and enjoy the ease of at home teeth whitening that actually works, lasts and is reasonably priced. THe fact that is can be accomplished in one hour is a total bonus and reason to buy right away! 

BronzedBerry is proud to offer LED Teeth Whitening Kits with 16% gel made in the USA.Our ingredients are reviews are worth a look too!  Check them out here.  

Kill Your Spray Tan Business

Business Crimes

Spray Tanning Business Tips

There are some major challenges that every business owner will face, and there are some that are specific to Tanning & Makeup Artists. Let's walk through 4 Ways To Kill A Spray Tanning Business and what should be done instead.

Amie B | BronzedBerry CEO 


Providing a flawless spray tan to clients is only half the battle. Being a gifted Artist does not mean you will be a successful business owner.

  • Pride - You don't ask for the sale and you're not putting your business ' out there' in your local market (local listings, flyers, strategic partners, salons etc). Mostly this comes from a lack of self-confidence in your business. Many college grads turned Mom think that while this business can be profitable they just don't believe it sounds "good enough". Successful Artists will laugh that all the way to the bank. 
  • Laziness - In general you're not lazy however when it comes to your business you put less than 10 hours a week into the business side of things. You've not created and carved out a specific place in your home to work on the business side. 
  • Winging It - Never treated like a real business. Never created a business plan. No clue on current profit. No 5 year business plan in place.  Do you know your profit margin is? Do you even know if you've made a profit?
  • Same Old TUNE - If your technique has not changed, if you are not offering new services (contouring, custom blending or teeth whitenning) then not only are you leaving money on the table, I guarantee you have lost some of your enthusiasm and passion too. Continuing education keeps you up to date but also ignites an authentic passion that will be hard to ignore. Do you even know what's trending in industry (strobing, contouring, flecking etc)?

If any of this sounds familiar, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Let's work on these. Get the solutions to these spray tan business killers.

* This is an update from a previous Blog about killing your business. Take a peak and get even more insight, click here.

Hilarious Spray Tan Tent FAIL


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It’s not easy being a Spray Tanning Artist! Watch this video and learn how NOT to fold a tanning tent.

Wrong Way:

Did you see it pop right out from under him and hit the wall? That’s why we encourage and teach our Artists the proper way to fold a tent so ensure we don’t damage clients homes or office.

Correct Way:

We’re here to help! Book one our amazing Artists or become one.