Mobile bartending has become increasingly popular in the recent years and is a pretty profitable and rewarding business idea. Think about it. Events like weddings are once-in-a-lifetime celebrations where everyone lets their guard and hair down. And that means when you set up your bar at these events, you are more than likely to be treated like a star, with guests making a beeline to get a taste of your signature cocktails. And what does that mean? Your cash register won’t stop ringing all evening!
But now that you have found the perfect business idea, it is time you prepare yourself to take the next step, because there is a lot more to starting a mobile bartending business than just putting your idea on paper.
Here are a few tips to start your own successful mobile bartending business:
Get some experience
You don’t need a college degree to start a bartending business, but what you do need is some experience. An experienced bartender doesn’t just bring good drinks to the bartending table; they also display an innate ability to interact with their customers and keep them engaged. And you can learn how to do that only when you get down on the field and get real life experience. if you don’t already have any experience, you can always look for bars, restaurants, cafes and hotels that would be willing to hire you.
Create a business plan and make things legal
To be a successful business owner, you need to have a clear plan at the get go. It will help you not just identify and map out the specifics of your mobile bartending business, including costs, but also allow to discover if there are any unknown factors involved. Some of the things that you need to do is determine your costs (startup and ongoing), your target market, your price list as well as the name of your business. And once you do that, you need to contact the Alcohol Beverage Control Board in your state and find out about any rules and regulations that you need to follow.
When starting out in the mobile bartending business, one of the most significant startup costs will be that of your equipment. To avoid spending over your budget, make a list of all the necessary supplies, and a portable bar should definitely be on the top. You will also need other bar essentials like serving glasses, mixing glasses, spoons and so on. Then you may also need to factor in the cost of the alcohol because not all clients will provide it for you. You may also need some portable chairs and tables. In the beginning, you can always save on those by opting for something that is cheap but of good quality.
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