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7 Reasons Why Everybody Should Be A Bartender

“I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender.” – Rodney Dangerfield

Being a bartender is hands down the best job you can have in your 20’s. Not only can you become a local celebrity and make a ridiculous amount of money, but the opportunities which present themselves to you during your bottle popping tenure will far exceed those of your local accounting firm.

It’s almost the perfect job. Instead of just going to the party, you get to host it. Instead of spending $200 during the night, you get to make it. You are a rockstar. Men and women will literally throw themselves at you just because you know how to crack open a Budweiser.

So without further ado, here are the Top 7 Reasons why you should become a bartender:


#1 – Money

Let’s face it, money doesn’t grow on trees… it comes from a tip jar! Legally there are very few ways to make as much money as you can bartending. In decent nightclub you can be making a doctor’s wage without putting in ten years at med school. Even some pubs and restaurants have bartenders that pull in $500 or more per night. Time is money, so don’t waste yours working for peanuts.


#2 – Freedom

Bartending is the ultimate lifestyle job. You want to go to school? You can be a bartender at the same time. You want to be an actor? You can be a bartender at the same time. You want to travel the world? Be a bartender. Very few jobs have the flexibility that comes with being a bartender.


#3 – People Skills

A bartender will come across every imaginable scenario you can have with another human being over their career. From the guy who offers you $1000 for that last beer after closing to the stagette that wants you to judge who looks the best topless. From the girl that throws a drink in your face because you won’t quit your job and home with her to the other girl who comes behind the bar and slaps you for the same reason. Bartending is like a crash course in people skills.


#4 – Networking

We’ve all heard the saying that it’s not what you know, but it’s who you know that matters. A bartender has the biggest rolodex in town. You need a mechanic, the bartender knows one. The bartender also knows a lawyer, a computer guy, a barber, a politician, a venture capitalist, a therapist, an electrician, and everybody else in town. He also knows which waitresses are single and which ones are crazy.


#5 – Time Management

Life is so much more fun when you don’t have to play by a set schedule. The thought of holding out for  two weeks vacation at the end of the year sounds about as exciting as chewing on a running chainsaw. A bartender doesn’t need to play by these rules. A bartender has total freedom when it comes to time off. When you make the kind of money that a bartender makes there is always somebody willing to take your shift, even on short notice.


#6 – Friends

Upon getting hired as a bartender you will instantly gain a bunch of new friends. A bar establishment generally has a very tight group of employees that are almost like a family. You won’t even get hired unless they think you’ll fit in. Every shift you work there will be a lineup of customers who want to be the bartender’s new best friend. Choose wisely as most of them are probably a little cray cray.


#7 – Prestige

A bartender is a rockstar that doesn’t play music, but gets you wasted. People will literally stop you on the street like you’re a celebrity just to talk to you. Begging you to hang out with them and date their sisters. This may seem a little surreal and unwarranted at first, but you’ll get used to it, and then you’ll love everything about it.

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About Brandon Boswell

Brandon Boswell is an ex-bartender/actor/filmmaker who wanted to be a fighter pilot but somehow managed to become a serial tech entrepreneur. He is the founder of the bar industry blog, CEO of a telecommunications company called Datamax Installations, and is involved in multiple other startups.