You love being a bartender. But people keep telling you to quit and "get a real job." Whatever that means!  

 

traditional job versus bartending

 

That doesn't sound like it's going to work for you and you can’t figure out why. Here are 5 reasons why it's hard to work a traditional job after bartending.

 

  1. You're Used to Being Up Late at Night

 

Let's face it, being a bartender makes you feel like Batman leaving to fight crime for another night. After skillfully serving drinks into the wee hours of the morning, somehow waking up at 6 a.m. to sit at a desk for 8 hours just doesn't sound like a good deal.

When you bartend, the social interactions with your coworkers and the bar patrons make your shift just fly by. So it doesn't feel like hard work, although it can be at times. You also get the luxury of going home to crash after having made your money while everyone else was sleeping. How great is that?

 

 

  1. You Love Meeting Interesting People

 

How many jobs really let you meet all kinds of interesting people day after day? And if they tip well, they're pretty hard to come by. If the reason why you bartend is because you love meeting new people, you'll find it really hard to return to a traditional job where the only social interaction you’ll get is gossiping around the watercooler about who’s going to get fired next.

 

  1. Tips, Tips, Tips

 

Tips aren't only for strippers! Bartenders can make a whole lot of cash in a night too. Isn't it great to get a cash windfall in tips after a busy night at the bar? Unfortunately, that 5% raise that traditional jobs pay after a year on the job simply doesn’t give you the euphoria you're looking for.

 

  1. Social Media Helps You Do Your Job Better

 

As a bartender, you use social media and other technologies to help you stay connected to what is going on in your local drinking scene and attract more patrons to your bar. At a traditional job, you'd probably literally feel like your arm is being ripped off as your boss confiscates your phone from too much Facebook surfing. Worse, you'd probably get fired for posting anything on your social media profiles that shows that you actually like to have fun at work. Oh gosh, the horror of it all!

 

 

  1. You Don't Have a STEM Degree

 

Rumor has it that if you don't have a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, you'll be banished to minimum wage hell for the rest of your life. In fact, some people who do have these degrees don't even have a job! If bartending is already helping you to live without a traditional job, why not stick with it? After all, this isn't your parent's economy!



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When bartenders think about how to increase their tips, not much thought typically goes into whether or not their gender helps. So do women or men make more in tips due to their sex?

 

gender affect tips

 

There is a stigma among men that beautiful ladies make more money than men. And many female bartenders believe they are underpaid compared to their male counterparts. So what is really the truth behind this matter?

 

The Battle Of The Sexes

 

In Render Food Magazine, they stated, in their article about servers, “The idea that women make more in tips due to sex appeal is an enduring cultural myth.”

Rain Dove Blog did a study one night as the ‘Battle of The Sexes’ at a local bar in Brooklyn and at the end of the night, the male had around $100 more in tips than the female. 

In this article on waitbutwhy.com it stated one of the six proven ways to get better tips was,  “ideally, be a slender, attractive, big-breasted blond in your 30s.” They based this off a scientific study down by Michael Lynn Ph.D. To view the study go here.

We did some research and the jury is still out on whether or not gender really will increase your tips. Many articles show that men make higher tips while other articles say women make more.

 

 

The Real Truth About Gender And Tips

 

After our thorough investigation, we believe that gender is not the issue when it comes to tipping. There are several factors that will determine how many you make in tips whether you are female or male.

 

does gender affect tips

 

This gender debate will go on for years and years. However, the bottom line is if you do your job well, take care of your customers and interact with them you will see that you are making great tips whether you are a male or female. If gender does play a role, which we don’t believe it does, it’s only a small role. So be yourself, work hard and forget all those gender tipping stigmas.

 



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There are ways to politely get your bartender’s attention and then there are ways that will just annoy them. If you are flapping your arms and yelling most likely you will irritate them or get kicked out of the bar.

 

get bartender attention

 

Your bartender will more likely serve you happily and quickly if you are not being rude, obscene or impatient. Follow these key rules if you want to get your bartender’s attention and get your drink fast.

 

Remain Visible

 

You have to choose your spot correctly. Avoid standing in front of objects like a pillar, wall or other areas where you can not be seen very well. Also, stay out the way of waitstaff. If you are blocking their path it may be hard for the bartender to reach you. Besides, annoying the waitstaff will not help you get a drink or build a good reputation at the bar.

 

 

Make Eye Contact

 

Be sure to make eye contact with your bartender and smile. This will let them know you are waiting. Do not yell, snap your fingers, wave a menu or tap loudly while waiting. Also, don’t call the bartender a nickname or say anything derogatory like, ‘Excuse me, Honey Buns!’ These things will annoy a bartender and by doing so the bartender may take their time getting to you.

 

Be Ready

 

When the bartender finally reaches you, you need to be prepared to order and pay. If you having trouble deciding what to get they may just skip you and come back to you later. Also, make sure to have your money out and ready. A bartender in a busy bar doesn’t have a lot of time between customers. If you are not prepared, or take too long it may anger them so be respectful of their time.

 

Be Polite

 

Always be courteous and polite to your bartender, especially while waiting or order. Your bartender will remember you by your character and will try to serve you a bit more quickly if you are nice to them.

 

 

Tip Well

 

The reality is that money talks. A bartender will remember a customer who tips well and will give that customer excellent service. They will also remember the ones who are poor tippers. This affects how and when they serve you. A big portion of bartender’s income comes from tips, so always take care of your bartender and they will take care of you.

What this all comes down to is respect. If you treat your bartender with respect, are polite, patient and understanding you will get served better. If you are rude or hostile it will only annoy the bartender. So, I know you are at a bar, but have good behavior, especially when it comes to your bartender.



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You are looking to have an enjoyable time at your local bar. The best times typically involve good customer service.  A good bartender tip is to know it's all about the cash.

 

bartender tip cash is king

 

Bartenders know nothing about you when you first meet. The only thing they are likely to remember are how much you tipped them (if you did) and what you ordered.  

If you don't tip, chances are they won’t have fond memories of you. Bartenders determine who gets priority by those helping them earn a living. While your having fun at the bar, bartenders are working to pay the bills. The best way for you to get their attention is by taking care of them.

Check out a few things to remember when your at the bar.

 

 

Bartender Tip: Make sure they see you

 

If you just leave your tip on the table after they gave you your order, you never gave the bartender/customer relationship time to develop. And if they are busy, chances are they will have no idea who left the tip.

Give them a tip as soon as you order. This way, they know where it was coming from and are more likely to pay attention to you once the bar gets busy.

 

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Bartender Tip: Provide Gratuity in Cash

 

Even if you plan to tip well when closing out your credit card tab, remember that bartenders don’t know that. You just spent your entire time at the bar not giving the bartender any assurances that you are not cheap and plan to tip well.

A good strategy is to pay for your first few drinks in cash. Even if you plan to use a credit card to pay the entirety of the bill. This shows the bartender you appreciate them and their service.  

Be mindful, it’s not always the same bartenders taking care of the same individual. Oftentimes credit card tips end up being split amongst all the bartenders during that shift. So even if you tip well, it won’t matter to that particular bartender since they only get a part of that tip. Cash may be split too, but at least they will be able to take home those tips the same day.  

 

Bartender Tip: Designate One Person to Buy Drinks

 

Don’t confuse the bartender. If you’re with a group, try to assign one person in particular to buy the drinks. The bartender probably has no clue who you’re with. They aren’t going to acknowledge you as being with your friend who just tipped them 10 minutes ago.  

If you plan to rotate who takes care of the drinks in any given outing, be sure to introduce the “new person.” The bartender need to know your friends of friends who tipped well last time. As time goes on, the bartender will eventually remember your group and know they can count on you all as reliable customers for bartender tips. This ensures that all of you get well taken care of by that bartender whenever you are out.  

 

 

Bartender Tip: Cash is King

 

Remember when you tip via credit card, that income is taxable and the bartenders don’t make as much. Understand they may not be able to take the tips home for the night. And when you mess with a bartender’s money, that takes the excitement and fun out of the job. If you are headed to the bar, take some cash and look forward to having a better time out.

 

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Bartending is an awesome job, but understand all the challenges with it.  Before choosing it as a career, please consider your bartender time.

Standing for 10-12hr shifts at a time with no break is exhausting. And doing that with no customers is even worse.  

 

 

Your pay comes mainly from tips, so no customers means no money. And that is a big waste of time. You can’t purchase or borrow more, so time is a limited resource that runs out every day.

Use it wisely.  
 

Bartender Time is Money

 

You Can Make Good Money

6 Ways to Double Your Tips

 

The money in bartending is lucrative but may not be consistent.  It depends greatly on the establishment you work for, the loyalty of your customer base, and the hours you work.  The shifts you get and the customers you retain greatly impact how much you actually earn.  

People are more than willing to take your time so you have to figure out what your bartender time is worth to you.  

Bartenders and other tipped workers get screwed royally.  Only seven states require employers to pay tipped workers the same minimum wage as workers who do not receive tips.  The United States federal government requires a wage of at least $2.13 per hour be paid to employees that receive at least $30 per month in tips.

If wages and tips do not equal the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour during any pay period, the employers are supposed to increase cash wages to compensate.  The sad reality is a lot of employers don't do it.  

 

Bartender Time Management

 

So, you are a bartender and love what you do and enjoy the people you meet and work with.  You just hate that you get no benefits or leave. And more importantly, you work many long hours, and not compensated for your time.  

What's even worse is when your employer over schedules the shift. You split tips with other bartenders when so many bartenders didn't need to be there in the first place.  Employers are not on the hook for any hourly costs, so they over schedule bartenders without any repercussions. Maybe if you understand the importance of bartender time, they would manage the schedule better.   

Treat Bartenders with RESPECT

 

Time Isn't On Your Side

 

People don't seem to understand what goes into a bartending shift.  The hours of prep work, clean up and dealing with demanding people who have no idea of the importance of bartender time and responsibilities.  

A bartender works at 10am but the restaurant does not open until 12pm. The restaurant closes at 11pm but the bartender doesn't leave until 1am.  That is 4 hours of unpaid services. Keep in mind effective bartenders split shifts with ineffective ones and also has to pay the barback.  Your tips cover the time that you interact with customers, so 4 hours of free labor never hurt anyone.  #sarcasm


Bartender Time is Money

 

Bartending is not all bad.  Your income is comprised mostly of tips in cash so there is no way for the government to know how much you received. That means you get free money with cash tips. Don't tell the IRS that.  #sarcasm 

Bartending is easy to get into and the job is fun. The work schedules are flexible, and you get to meet some great people.  It’s not all bad but it could be a lot better.

 

 

Time is Money

No matter how you look at it, there are only 24 hours in a day. Realize that money isn’t the most important resource, time is. Money comes and goes and you can make it through a variety of resources. But once time is gone, it’s gone for good. If a bartender spends 12 of those 24 hours working at the establishment, there should be compensated for your time.  

A good bartender consistently brings in the regulars and wears company apparel. They promote the establishment, set the mood, and make sure everyone has a good time. There is a price to pay for that and it ain’t just in tips.  

 

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