One of the most common problems waiters and bartenders face and are often vocal about, is the fact they aren’t getting enough hours at work. Every single restaurant and catering job I ever worked brought on an onslaught of gossip and everyday chit chat where employees complained that they weren’t getting enough good shifts at work, or weren’t getting enough shifts at all.
It’s hard to blame the restaurant or your manager for this. It’s much easier to blame random circumstance or the economy for lack of revenue in restaurants, and these days, the average middle class consumer which the typical server/bartender depends upon for tip revenue and therefore their paycheck, is as tapped out financially as the waiter hoping and praying they’ll walk through their establishment’s door and sit in their section.
How to Make More Money as a Server or Bartender
Sure, you could attempt to go get another restaurant gig, or an office job (boring!!!!) like I did when I was actively serving in the restaurant business, or “the industry”, as many like to refer to it. Then, you’ll have 2 similar jobs with likely similar schedules competing for your time- a great way to stress yourself out and make you under-perform at all your jobs collectively.
Instead of spreading yourself thin, you could use the fact that as a waiter, server or bartender, you have a somewhat “odd” schedule, meaning that while most people are getting off of their 9-to-5 job, you’re just now going into work.
This means taking advantage of the fact that you have free time during the weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm, and helping people who are at work, by walking their dog.
How Much Money a Dog Walker Can Make
Many dog walkers can charge between $20 and $30 per walk for a 30 minute – 1 hr session. Now imagine you can pull off 2 – 3 dog walks a day, 3 days a week. That could amount to an extra $180/week for you. That means an extra $720/month!
What that could mean for many of you reading this is being able to buy a new car, or finally pay your rent without having to hold your breath for the last week of the month hoping for a miracle.
Why Else Restaurant Servers Make Great Dog Walkers
As a restaurant server, you have a 6th sense for customer service. By the time you’ve waited tables for even 3 months, you have more customer service experience than 99% of the planet. You already know how to talk to people, and your empathy for dealing with humanity is on an entirely different level than the average person holding down a job.
You can apply this 6th sense to getting dog walking customers, but it’s also going to pay off if you already like dogs too. Dogs listen and respond very well to me personally. This is because I truly enjoy and respect dogs and cats. I understand that while we’re different, we still have sophisticated intelligence and feelings. We are more similar than we think. And just like a guest in your restaurant or bar looking at you as a leader because you know how to anticipate their needs and make them feel special, dogs are the exact same way.
Help! I have no idea where to start with this whole dog walking gig!
One thing many restaurant servers and bartenders can have a hard time with is finding business on their own. No problem, because this is a new skill just like serving guests at one time was for you. But while you develop your own way to get leads for scooping up extra money in your off-time from the restaurant from potential dog walking customers, you can get your feet wet by simply signing up for a service like Rover.com or Wag! which are kind of like the Uber of dog walking/sitting.
Of course, you won’t want to be completely reliant on Rover or Wag! for your business, just like you don’t want to be completely reliant on your restaurant/bar for your entire income, especially not these days. And that’s why I created this special guide called “Move Over, Rover!” that shows you how to sign up and get business immediately from Rover and Wag! while creating your own independent dog walking or dog sitting business that attracts customers outside of the online dog walking/sitting apps that most dog sitters and walkers lazily become reliant upon, and then complain about not being able to get enough customers!
Get out there and make more money!