Think of the following scenario: wake up at 7 am, get to work at 9 am, sit in front of your computer for 8 straight hours with only a brief break to eat a sandwich (still sitting in front of your screen) go home, prepare dinner and get ready to go to bed knowing that you just left a precious day pass you by without enjoying it. Now multiply that by 52 weeks and a year is gone. Now multiply it for the average 30 years the average human spends working.... Is this the kind of life you wanna live?
Now, we are not saying this scenario is true for everyone. If you are among the lucky ones who can make a living doing something they like, congratulations! the world needs more like you. However, if you feel you need to change careers for something more stimulating, which gives you the possibility of having a social life without giving up on a decent income, bartending may be the opportunity you were waiting for
Making this transition is not easy, but we will give you the 5 steps you need to take to transit from frustrated desk slave to a bartender free soul.
1- Get Basic Skills Training - Either through bartending school or online but you need basic skills such as free pouring, shaking, stirring and cocktail preparation to be able to go for a bartending job. In case your job doesn't allow you time for school check our iPour Online Bartender Training
2- Get Field Experience - Since you won't likely give up on your job outright (bills must be paid) you must approach lower traffic venues like pubs and sport bars and ask for a chance to do a shift or two on weekends. You can tell the manager that you will work only for tips, no wage. The whole purpose is that you learn the feeling of real bartending
3- Go for a high end bartending job - The reality is getting hired by a low profile bar is almost as hard as getting a shot at a top nightclub. What makes the difference is what you can bring to the table and how you can communicate it. As we explain in our Get the Job Seminar, you can use your basic skills and experience in a high end venue as long as you can demonstrate you can be an efficient producer. The best part is you can apply to these high end bartending jobs even online and only quit your job once you got a solid offer.
So procrastinate no more. You only have one life and you have the duty to yourself to live in a way that is satisfying and fulfilling. Go get that job!