A Beverage Professional’s Work Is Never Done (So, what is your full time job?)

In response to my friend Armand’s recent post about things to NOT ask a writer, in which I responded “What’s your real job?”,  I wanted to show a little glimpse into MY weekly schedule.   People (who in all fairness don’t know better) often ask me the same thing.  “So, what is your day job?” or “I used to tend bar part-time too.”  Player, this is my profession!

Admittedly, many people work in tipped food & beverage jobs  as a stepping stone, or as a way to earn some extra cash, or while going to college.   Fact is, you can’t find a (LEGAL) job that offers more flexibility or cash / hours ratio.  My recent stint on Monday nights at McCharacter’s (a local sports pub) is a perfect example.   Monday nights was an open night for me.  Some weeks were better than others, but on average I earned between $500-$600 a month EXTRA just by working one night a week.  Most of that was in cash.

That being said, if I am in the wrong mood when someone makes a quip about my job not being a real job I can turn surly real quick.  Don’t hate on me just because I appear to enjoy my job and yours sucks.   There are plenty of people in all professions who just go through the motions in their daily work.  I am not one of them.  I recently changed my business card to read “Beverage Professional”, because I am.   So as a reply to those who wonder what my “full time job is” I give you my schedule for this week.

  • Monday 3pm-4:30pm Taste Of Flagler Planning Session
  • Tuesday 8am-11am Mandatory Training Session
  • Tuesday 5pm-8pm Chamber Of Commerce Meet & Greet – Newly elected officials throughout the county are invited to meet Chamber Of Commerce Board Members (I’m on of them)
  • Wednesday 4pm-5pm Chamber Of Commerce Board Meeting
  • Wednesday 5pm-midnight Bar Shift
  • Thursday 5pm-midnight Bar Shift
  • Friday 8am-10am Chamber Of Commerce Diplomat Breakfast
  • Friday 11-5 Bar Shift
  • Sunday 11-6 Bar Shift

There you have it.  Those are my scheduled commitments for the week.  In between I will be writing a newsletter for the Golden Lion, managing the marketing and finance of my own company, meeting and talking with prospective clients, and scheduling facebook status updates, tweets, and blogs for a few others’ companies.

Part time job my jolly ass.

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