Some of the jobs I did in my years of under-employment involved working as a server and bartender in many places. Most of the server jobs were severely underpaid and offered far less than a full time income. Catering companies frequently need temporary staff for special events, and this may provide people who have steady streams of income with additional side income. Sometimes–particularly if one was lucky enough to be invited to work a private home for Seder or for a wedding, etc.–the tips were generous, but usually the most revenue I received was from bartending.
I made a $600 investment in bartending school, where I acquired a license to serve liquor. This required a two-week commitment to a class during the afternoons. I was then able to bartend for many of the catering companies that already hired me, and I also met people at events who separately had their own private clients and would invite me to help them with this or that event. Some events are more profitable than others. In one fund-raising party for a school, I made $400 in less than three hours.
Bartending is not for everyone. This is a side-hustle model that requires sacrificing our late nights and weekends. For instance, I worked many Saturday night weddings in the summer, where I would have to work until after midnight. One also sometimes has to carry large boxes of liquor, and spend long hours on one’s feet. This takes its toll and requires a strong body, but it also furnishes variety. Each event is different, and workers are frequently offered–sometimes very high-end–food during their shift.
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