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Is a Spray Tan Business Profitable? Yes or No?

Do you want to start a mobile spray tan business and you are concerned about its profitability? If YES, here are ways to make it more profitable. Spray tanning or sunless tanning is the method of getting a great tan without being exposed to the sun or sunbeds.

That is why it is mostly referred to as sunless tanning. The method of tanning without getting exposed to the sun became popular around the 1960s after health authorities confirmed links between UV exposure and the incidence of skin cancer.

Spray tanning allows people to achieve a bronze glow all year round without the health risks of tanning beds or being exposed to the sun. The process is fairly simple. A thin chemical is sprayed onto the desired areas of the skin, and the skin turns a natural-looking shade of tan. And the tan can be as dark or as light as the person wants.

The process works because of a chemical called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This chemical is actually colorless, but it interacts with the amino acids that naturally occur in skin cells. When they make contact with the cells in the skin, it causes the skin to become several shades darker.

While the thought of spraying yourself with a chemical that causes your skin cells to turn brown may sound suspicious, DHA has been pronounced to be totally safe. It has no known health risks, and it’s been used for cosmetic reasons for decades.

Spray tanning can also help you achieve impressive all-over results. Even after a day on the beach, your face, hands, and feet might be lacking that perfect and even golden glow. Spray tanning gives you control over the final result, which helps you achieve a stunning head to toe tan.

Although the average spray tan is advertised to last up to 10 days, it really depends on how dark you’re trying to go and how well you take care of your tan. For example: Lighter shades may last up to five days. Medium shades typically last seven or eight days.

If you decide to go to a local tanning salon, your tan will be applied in a spray booth. These booths are outfitted with several nozzles that emit tanning solution. You can have the solution applied to your entire body quickly and efficiently. If you prioritize an even application and are willing to make repeat visits to the salon, this may be a good option for you.

Many tanning artists schedule in-home appointments. They will use a portable tanning airbrush, which provides a similar level of control and consistency as tanning booths. You won’t have streaks or the dreaded tan lines, and you won’t even have to leave your house to look beautiful.

Is a Spray Tan Business Profitable?

Professional spray tanning is simple, quick, and produces natural looking results. This beauty solution has many celebrity fans because of its myriad benefits. But the question remains, is this business profitable for new entrepreneurs?

While there may be a divergent view on this, but one fact remains that the cost of the actual products when it comes to spray tanning is very low. On average, it cost less than $2 to actually spray tan someone (the cost of the solution). Most people can complete the spray tan process is less than 5 minutes. The price you charge for the tan depends on where you are located, but on average, most businesses charge at least $35 – $40 minimum for a tan.

The price of the tan also depends on the type of business you are running. That is if you are running a brick and mortar store or if you are going mobile and visiting your clients in their homes and offices. Mobile spray tanners usually charge more because they provide their clients convenience.

With the average cost of spray tan services looking rather promising, and with the equipment not costing an arm and a leg, spray tanning has become a lucrative endeavor, especially during the last two decades. So, to answer this question, yes starting your own spray tanning business can indeed be quite profitable, but you need to learn a lot of things about this business before you can start thinking of setting up shop.

What Do You Stand to Earn on a Monthly Basis from This Business?

Since we are talking about the earnings of a spray tan business, we must take into consideration the cost of spray tanning equipment, fuel, the number of your customers, etc. We can only give you a hint of what your estimated average monthly income would be according to how many customers you have.

If your session costs $70, the chart may look something like this:

  • 2 clients per day /5 days a week /4 weeks in a month = $2800
  • 3 clients per day /5 days a week /4 weeks in a month = $4200
  • 4 clients per day /5 days a week /4 weeks in a month = $5600
  • 5 clients per day /5 days a week /4 weeks in a month = $7000

You can continue the calculation.

This prediction though is without the money you will be spending on fuel, but it also comes without the cost of your group sessions, bridal parties, and similar sessions during which you may even earn several hundred dollars during only one appointment.

This goes to show that you can earn more or lesser than this depending on your hardwork and the passion you put into your business.