Are beauty products a business expense?

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a girlfriend. She's another boss lady and we were casually talking about things we could write-off in our business.

We jokingly said that, "Our entire lives should be a write-off."

Ok. We were only half- joking.

I mean, think about it. Wouldn't it be so cool if every purchase you made was a tax write-off?

As entrepreneurs who use social media and share our every day lives as a way to connect with potential clients and boost a loyal fan base, it would make sense that our lifestyle purchases would be a part of our overall business. Like your trip to the spa that you later tweeted to your followers to inspire them to take care of themselves?

And when it comes to beauty products, as lady entrepreneurs, we all know how looking good on the outside is a sure way to help us feel comfortable in networking situations and on stage at speaking engagements.

And while I can't say for sure if you can write off your beauty expenses without knowing your business and chatting with a tax professional, I will say that beauty products should be a part of your business budget.

"Beauty products should be a line item in every entrepreneur's budget." - Click to tweet this out. Yay! 

After a busy day, I am on my way to a spa treatment. Yay! 

After a busy day, I am on my way to a spa treatment. Yay! 

Why? Because if we take the time to take care of ourselves, the entrepreneur goddesses will take care of us.

Don't believe me? Here's a perfect personal example. I decided to drop $800 on a hair appointment four months ago. Yes, one appointment for $800. 

The conservative accountant in me was screaming, "NO. Don't do it. You need to do x, y, z, with that." But, I really wanted a new look. So, I ignored that voice and booked the appointment.

And you know what happened? I immediately felt like a new woman and within the next month, I secured new business that almost tripled my earnings from the month before. Was it all because of my hair? No. But, I definitely felt a shift in my confidence and sheer joy that I was able to afford the service. 

The renewed confidence because of my hairstyle showed when I met with other CEOs and sent proposals to prospective clients.

Even if $800 isn't within your budget, there are still things that you can do to help you feel sexy and ready to take on the world as the fabulous entrepreneur you know you are. One of my favorite things to do is to treat myself to at home spa day. I grab all of my favorite skin products, a bottle of champagne and pamper yourself.

Want to know my secret to glowing skin? Check out my three favorite all-natural products below.

Giovanni's exfoliator is the best product for removing toxins and bacteria. It heats up as you rub it on your skin and leaves it super smooth and glowing.

Giovanni's exfoliator is the best product for removing toxins and bacteria. It heats up as you rub it on your skin and leaves it super smooth and glowing.

After I exfoliate, I cleanse my skin with Witch Hazel. It's all natural, evens out my skin tone and calms any irritation. I do this two times per day.

After I exfoliate, I cleanse my skin with Witch Hazel. It's all natural, evens out my skin tone and calms any irritation. I do this two times per day.

The best all natural moisturizer. Shea butter comes from a tree indigenous to my ancestor's home in West Africa. It penetrates and nourishes dry and sensitive skin.

The best all natural moisturizer. Shea butter comes from a tree indigenous to my ancestor's home in West Africa. It penetrates and nourishes dry and sensitive skin.

And now I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite beauty products that help you take on the world as a boss lady? Leave a comment below.

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Danetha Doe is the author of A Simple Guide to Accounting and Financial Strategy for New Entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Danetha Doe Consulting, a business development agency based in San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter, @danethadoe.