Bartending can be an attractive profession for many reasons. You meet cool people, you get to play with different liquors, and when you’re not waiting tables or working retail, you can serve up drinks and make some extra cash. But wait! That’s not all! You also get to be your boss, work nontraditional hours, and pick your time and clientele–the list goes on. All of this sounds like a dream come true, but, alas, it’s not all glory.
There’s one big drawback to bartending outside the bar or club setting (forget about the bar at home). Bartenders who work at home and go into bars are a dying breed. Without people like me to feed them booze, they can’t make a living. Most bars and clubs stock their alcohol, pay their bartender’s hourly wages, and charge customers for the drinks served.
How does one become a mobile bartender?
You can either find an established company, or you can start your own. You will need a vehicle to transport the bar and supplies, promotional materials and flyers, ice, a large cooler (not mandatory but very helpful), liquor licence (varies by state), insurance, employee ID cards, availability to work nights and weekends, and lots of spare time.
What’s the first step in becoming a mobile bartender?
You should first check your state’s liquor laws and/or alcohol control board. You will also want to check with your local health department to make sure you are in compliance with health codes. Most mobile bartenders need a food handler’s permit, and some states require you to have a permit for each county in which you do business. Your vehicle will need to be inspected by the county or state if it is used for commercial purposes. In short, there are lots of legalities and licences required in most states before you can start your business.
Do I need employees?
It depends on what kind of mobile bartending business you have. Bartending is a social activity and you can work it alone; however, some people prefer to hire a person to carry the supplies out to their customers. Most bartenders have all of their beverages from one source and are set up pretty much the same way.
Do I need a liquor licence?
It depends on what kind of mobile bartender business you have; for example, if you’re an employee of an established company or a mobile bartender working for yourself, you might not need one. But, if you’re a mobile bartender who owns his or her own business and serves alcohol to customers at private events, the answer is yes. You will need a liquor licence and work closely with your state’s alcohol control board for any event where alcohol is served to the public.
What kind of liquor licence do I need?
It depends on what kind of mobile bartending business you have; if you’re an employee of an established company or a mobile bartender working for yourself, you might not need one. But, if you’re a mobile bartender who owns his or her own business and serves alcohol to customers at private events, the answer is yes. You will need a liquor licence and work closely with your state’s alcohol control board for any event where alcohol is served to the public.
Where can I get the supplies I need?
Most mobile bartending companies carry everything you could need for your business. These companies will also set up your bar and train you on how to operate it. If you decide to start your own mobile bartending business, see if any local companies will let you borrow their equipment until your business gets off the ground.
If I know how to bartend, can I become a mobile bartender?
Not really. If you’re an experienced bartender, then yes, you should be able to start your mobile bartending service. But if you have no experience and have never had any type of job in the past, then no you can’t. You will need to start at the very beginning and learn as much as possible to be successful.
What does a mobile bartender do?
Mobile bartenders supply alcohol to people, either in their homes or at various events and parties. They are usually hired by a big company, which then sends out their employees to work for them. A few mobile bartenders own their businesses and hire their employees, but this is rare, mainly because most companies require a large minimum purchase per event.
What are the pros of being a mobile bartender?
You get to meet new people and make lots of money. The hours are flexible and you can choose your clientele; it’s just like being on the floor at your local bar or club without having to pay your employer or share your tips. The only difference is that you won’t be standing behind a bar but rather delivering alcohol to people in their homes or at parties.
What are the cons of being a mobile bartender?
You have to be very flexible with your time and location, especially when working for a big company. You will often work odd hours and have to drive late at night, depending on what area of town you’re working in. You also have to drive a lot and have the patience of a saint, which is why it’s so important to work with people you like (if possible). Also, workers tend to burn out quickly with this type of job because there is no real structure or schedule.