The experience*:

  • Followed all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverages
  • Engaged in guest conversation to build rapport
  • Welcomed, acknowledged and greeted all guests who came to the bar
  • Upsold food and beverages to guests
  • Processed cash and all card payments
Turn your bartending experience into a new hustle

The pandemic that started in 2020 decimated many industries and businesses. Some businesses were able to pivot and ride the tide of the various quarantine measures. Others, we’ll never see again. One of the hardest hit industries was the restaurant industry. At the start of the pandemic, they could no longer seat customers in their establishment. For those that were quick to react, they were able to stay afloat offering takeout but the waitstaff suffered because they had no one to serve and weren’t collecting tips, the very blood of their income.

Those that also suffered in a very similar manner were bars. They too were used to have patrons come in, drink, socialize, and tip and that went right out the window when the quarantines went into effect. But that doesn’t mean bartenders, then or now, have to continue to suffer the remnants of 2020 pandemic and hope that foot traffic picks up. They can use their current skills and transform it into a hustle, full time or alongside their job.

The above bullet point list is a description from an actual resume of a former client of mine (I update and polish people’s resumes for career transitions or new employment opportunities). This particular client had worked overseas in a number of roles, mostly in a hospitality capacity but wanted to transition into a corporate office position. She wanted to keep all of her employment experience on her resume to show the transferrable skills she possessed. Looking over her resume, I thought bar tender would be the most lucrative jobs she could turn into a side hustle or business. And no, I wouldn’t advise her to open a bar herself, unless that was her goal.

Here’s how I see the hustle: Either as a trainer, helping bars that are opening and have bar tenders for who are new to the work get familiar with the job. Or, as a beverage “consultant”, for lack of a better word. As a beverage consultant, this can be done virtually or in-person. All you would focus on is teaching small groups how to make drinks, where to buy the best tasting alcohol on a budget and how to be a great host while are also serving drinks. Which, in itself, can grow into party or event planning hustle. This skill doesn’t have to be trapped behind a counter. Turn it on its head by looking all the skills — the things you do in a role — and pulling the best and lucrative parts from it.

I’d love to help you figure out how to take your job and pull a side hustle from it. Want the help? Send me a message at:! Love to hear from you!

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