PROS/ CONS OF BARTENDING
PROS/ CONS OF BARTENDING
Recently I’ve had a few people ask me if I would recommend bartending as a job/career. Like any job, no one can really understand what it’s like to bartend unless they’ve done it. So I decided to make a list of the pros and cons of bartending. This list is not exhaustive, but will at least give you a general idea of the positives and negatives of bartending.
- reliable job market: There will always be bars, restaurants, and nightclubs looking for bartenders.
- solid money: Money can range from average to GREAT depending on where you work.
- flexible work schedule: You can bartend full or part-time or even just once or twice a week
- fun work atmosphere: You’re in a bar! (or nightclub/ restaurant) Bartending is often very fun.
- relocation opportunity: If you are looking to move to a different city, rest assured there are bars/ restaurants/ nightclubs there.
- learned ability to handle pressure: Bartending in a busy establishment absolutely teaches you how to multitask and to be calm under pressure.
- loud music: If you work in a loud bar/ nightclub, the music can damage your ears. However, earplugs can definitely help
- lack of job security: While bartenders are always in demand, losing a bartending job can happen quickly and without warning.
- judgement: I never cared about what people thought about my job. But, some people think bartending isn’t a “real job”. This can be a con if things like this bother you.
- inconsistent pay: While the money can be fantastic, it can quickly diminish if the establishment you work at becomes unpopular.
- drunk customers: Bartending is one of the only jobs in which you are GUARANTEED to encounter inebriated people on every shift. These people can be unruly and difficult to deal with.
Would I recommend bartending? Absolutely. I think it is a great way to make money and can be utilized in many ways. When someone asks me if they should bartend, I tell them that they definitely should, but they should do it on their own terms.
If you think you’d be happy bartending as a career, by all means go and do just that. If you don’t want to make it a career, that’s great too. You can bartend on the side of another job, bartend for events, or even bartend for a couple years before doing something else. Get what you want from bartending! It’s up to you.
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