I know it sounds stereotypical, but think about it. If you work at an establishment, are TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission) certified, and have the opportunity to serve alcohol, your chances of earning tips go dramatically up. (More information about TABC can be found later in this article.)
Most Americans love their alcohol; whether that would be whiskey, scotch, wine, beer, or other spirits. Most Americans also enjoy celebrating every chance they get with any holiday. You get to have fun interacting with your customers, meet new people, and network. And the more you talk with your customers, the more alcohol your customers buy and the more tips you generate.
Because alcohol prices vary from restaurant to restaurant, it’s hard to gauge how much you can expect to make. But as a general rule of thumb, the fancier and more upscale an establishment is, the more tips you can expect to earn.
More Sales = More Tips
With the holidays coming up, companies are already planning their company holiday parties that usually come complete with open bars and complimentary drinks.
Designated event coordinators rent out event space and book dining packages. These event centers (think convention centers or sport arenas) typically hire seasonal workers to come in to help out with the increased demand for their services.
Event workers can expect to make anywhere between $12/hour up to $25/hour for a 6-hour gig, and all they are expected to do is to walk around with platters topped with champagne glasses, offering drinks to all the guests!
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3. Work As A Liquor Brand Ambassador
Yes, I saved the best for last. If you don’t know what a Liquor Brand Ambassador is, I wrote an article explaining the subject in an earlier post. Many experiential marketing agencies hire part-time workers to help cover 3-4 hour gigs and promote a particular line of alcohol. Yes, I repeat, alcohol.
Sweet! I get excited thinking about it! There is no prior sales experience needed for these roles and they often pay anywhere between $17-$20/hour + commission. The alcohol usually sells itself and you get to take home any extra alcohol left over from the tasting. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Liquor Brand Ambassador, Dragon Spirits Marketing is always hiring fun and curious folks! Check out the Dragon Culture, and if you like what you see, fill out an application!
So What’s Next?
I hope I’ve provided you with a few different fun ideas to try out and make some extra cash for the coming holidays. These are ideas I have tried and experienced in the past, and have made money in the process.
Always remember to smile, stay positive, and most of all, have fun! Trying any of these ideas can open new doors for you through networking opportunities.
Now what are you waiting for? Go out there and make some money!