If you are like me, Ebin Mathew, every new day should bring something to celebrate. Birthdays, baby and bridal showers, graduations, the list is endless. With an endless list of parties come an infinite number of jobs.
A search on professional bar tendering services on the net brings impressive results. Some bartenders have their own websites that are so interactive.
On one website that I clicked on, I was immediately directed to an online form that was very precise.
The website designer assumed that everyone who clicked on that site was actually looking to get a bar tender for his private party. He wasn’t taking any chances and I must say, I got a little curious.
Once you fill out the location of your party and the number of guests you expect and what you would like to serve, you can actually get a quotation and if you’d like, you can get a price quotation from his competitors. That makes works so much easier on the client, don’t you think? I didn’t fill it out but it got me thinking of how much competition there is out there for bar tendering jobs.
Let’s assume that you are a professional bartender. You went to school and you have learned a lot from your job. You would now like to branch out on your own and be your own man, at least part-time. What do you think I’d say to that? I’d say get out and do it! The alcohol business is good! In some quarters, it is referred to as a recession-proof business.
Do you have everything you need? Start small. Have a business plan. Get a business name and register that name. Next, obtain a business license. Since we are starting small, you will not need a lot of supplies. All that now remains is for you to market yourself. Talk to people, and keep on talking to them to ask for referrals. Print out flyers, business cards and place your ad for free online. Work hard to get your name out there. Trust me when I say that if you get a job and you do it as professionally as you can, the jobs will start rolling in.
Do you know why it’s worth the effort? There is a lot that you can gain by working as a professional bartender for private parties. Let us start with the people that you will meet. If you are a social person, you will enjoy this job as you will meet an interesting mix of people.
With every different job comes a different mix of characters. What of the venues that the parties are hosted? They may be as varied as can be. With everyone wanting to have a ‘unique’ party, don’t be surprised if you find yourself setting up at a venue you least expected.
To add value to your services, why don’t you think of adding snacks, gift baskets? With some forethought and proper budgeting, you can make an extra dollar on top of what you would have made from the sale of alcohol and tips. There is no limit to what you can do to make more money.
One person who runs a mobile bartending business brings in an atm for the revelers to get cash. As time goes by and you gain more experience bartending for private parties, you will have a few more tricks up your sleeve to get out more cash per gig. As long as you don’t compromise on your quality of service, clients will not mind taking out more money from their pockets for tips or any other services that you will provide.
Another good thing about working at private parties is that it gives you a much more flexible schedule. You may not land a job every other day, and that may be a good thing. It will allow you to keep another job, maybe at a hotel or club or maybe even pay your tuition fees as you go to college.
With the amount money that is sitting this business, its flexible hours and the amount of fun that is just waiting to be had, you would be a fool not to try a hand at bartending at private parties.
What do you think?
Have you ever worked for or started your own mobile bartending or special event company?
Ebin Mathew is a freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in authoritative essay writing companies. He is enjoying writing about current trends and innovations in education, technology, online business and traveling.