Build a Following – Crappy Shifts Will Suck Less

Monday Night Haul

As much as you might despise your current gig, looking for and starting work at a new bar, will almost always suck more (initially). In an existing bar with several tenured barkeeps on the schedule, some of the downsides a new gig presents are: (a) squeaking out a living by bottom-feeding; working the seemingly least desirable (but available) shifts and (b) managing a royally life-invasive, frequently dynamic, week-to-week work schedule. Let’s face it: no one in their right mind actually wants to work Sundays. Religious zealots aside… most righteous adults have become well-accustomed to Sunday = FunDays and straight-up chilling. How the hell are you expected to earn a substantial living – for example – on a Monday closing or Tuesday opening shift? The short answer is rooted in: consistency, personality, salesmanship, and time. I frequently earn far more on shifts no other bartender wants than I would on the weekends. In the photo above, is Monday night’s haul – a couple of dollars shy of $700

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Bartender Theft

Let the shitstorm begin.

I don’t think there is a topic more, how shall we say, “energizing,” from an owner/manager perspective, than theft.  Put bluntly, it’s the bleeding that you can never stop. You can only cauterize the wounds in a sense.

Any halfwit putting together a business plan must account for losses.  Personally I’d estimate about 20%.  Holy crap! That’s a hell of a lot of loss! Yes – but not uncommon.  There are all kinds of losses –  the most significant, in order,being (1) employee theft and (2) spoilage (3) vendor/customer theft.  Today, let’s address bartender shenanigans shall we?   There’s a ton of information on the Interwebz regarding theft .  However, most of it is from an owner’s perspective or some sort of training/knowledge-share in the form of commercial loss prevention. What you just about never hear, is the truth about stealing from an insider’s point of view – a bartender in the trenches.

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