It’s a common scenario: Your ultimate dream is to be a chart-topping rapper, sought-after producer, or fashion designer—but until that happens, hey, you gotta pay the bills. While you’re hustling to make your dream your life, you have to pick up a job to make ends meet—preferably something flexible. Why not bartending? It’s a sociable job, you’re practically on stage, and you can showcase your outgoing personality and charisma.
But before you stride into your nearest watering hole expecting to find the perfect side hustle just waiting for you to claim it, there are a few things you should keep in mind. We spoke to some people who’ve been down this road before you, and they told us the keys to making bartending work for you (and vice-versa) while you chase your dream.