As I began my career as a Home Stager and Interior Designer, bartending provided both the financial and mental relief that I so often needed to get through until my new career became a success.
In the spring of 2013 I officially bartended my last shift at a local restaurant, and the day was met with somewhat mixed feelings about this. Everything I am, and how I have shaped my business to where it is today, can be attributed to the hospitality industry. You can take me out of the bar, but you'll never take the bartender out of me. Some things that I have learned through my bartending over the years and will continue to apply in my business, as well as in life:
• If you don't have the answers, ask someone. When that fails, fake it and hope no one
• No matter how badly you screw up, apologize, take responsibility, fix it, and smile.
• When things get crazy, keep moving forward - you'll get to the end eventually.
• It doesn't feel like work if you're having fun.
• You get what pay for.
• It never hurts to ask.
• Snapping your fingers or waving money around does not get you things faster, but
sometimes a smile will.
• "Shut up and Listen" is an effective strategy.
• Don't be afraid to state the obvious - "that sizzling plate is hot", "the suicide wings are
spicey", "be sure to make the bed before showings"
• Everyone has a story, don't pretend you know what it is.
• When all else fails, cheers to another day!