How to Make Extra Money
Most books on how to make extra money by bartending are a waste of money.
A lot of them will teach you how to make cocktails, how to mann your till, and
provide basic customer service.
But chances are, you won't find a book that details the step by step process on
how to increase your bartending earnings by twofolds.
Learn how to make extra money in tips using this book
That's exactly what I thought until I came across Patti Farnham's Gratuity Ingenuity
For the record, when I first took a look at the sales page for the book, I wasn't exactly sold. It sounded
'too good to be true' and a bit pitchy.
I noticed that there are a few typos and mispelled words here and there, but nothing too major.
The author actually apologizes, in advance, for any grammatical mistakes
she may have made.
Nevertheless, there was an underlying tone of sincerity in the anecdotes
and personal experiences
that she shared.
And as someone who works in the service industry as a bartender, I was curious regarding her techniques that allowed her to make extra money just on tips.
So I went ahead and purchased the book for $20. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found in the 70 page ebook.
Note: Patti's book is an ebook (electronic book) so you will have access to it instantly after you purchase it.
Before we move on, let me tell you a little about the author.
has worked in the service industry as a bartender, waitress, cocktail waitress, and manager for well over 26 years. In Gratuity Ingenuity
she compiles her experiences and provides insider's tips on how to increase your tip income many folds by paying attention to simple details
and performing certaing actions.
Her anecdotes are sincere as they are profound.
After finishing her book, I myself was amazed at the amount of things I learned and have, as a result, put into practice, myself.
The results were and, still, are quite astounding.
The information provided in the book on how to make extra money is golden. Patti genuinely wants to spread the word and help those interested enough to learn how
make extra money by increasing their tip earnings.
Patti begins the book by mentioning, how even though she wasn't the , youngest, or prettiest bartender
at the bar or restaurant, she constantly outearned everyone in the amount of tip money she received. As a result, she was able to earn extra money
that her colleagues were missing out on.
In the book, Patti categorizes the patrons into three different categories
, and provides ways to spot
these individuals and how to interact with them in order to bring in a good tip.
Unique ways to deal with unique groups of customers. Makes perfect sense. After all, not everyone is created equal right?
She begins each section with an actual comment that a customer made (typos included) regarding his or her experience at a bar or restaurant.
They are not only quirky and funny, but also very eye-opening, revealing common mistakes that servers make that completely jeopardize
the tip amount he could have received.
The techniques and tips on how to make extra money on tips are simple as they are honest.
One of the techniques Patti mentions
earlier on in the book, for example, is something I have seen happen first hand in many settings. If a bill comes to $9.82 and the customer
hands you a $20 bill, you might be tempted to provide a $10 bill and 18 cents in change. Simple, right? Not so.
What this does is, it leaves the customer with no choice
but to either scrounge around their pockets or wallet for loose change or simply leave you a 18 cent tip.
Some might go the extra mile of asking you to break the $10 bill into smaller change, but why add on an extra step for the customer?
In this situation, all you have to do is provide one $5 bill and five $1 bills, plus the loose coins, and leave everything
to the customer who will most likely leave you a bigger tip than if you had handed him a single $10 bill.
Common sense, right?
Make it easy for them, and they will reward you with a generous tip.
This is just an example of an extensive list of Patti's what to do
and what not to do
in order to make extra tips.
Patti makes Gratuity Ingenuity
very easy and fun to read. She sections out the techniques based on whether you're a bartender,
waiter, cocktail waitress, and male or female.
As an extra bonus, (I didn't know this at the time of purchase) readers can sign up to receive helpful emails
listing techniques to increase their tip income!
The first tip I received related to removing barriers
you, the server, and the customer by simply, among other things, meeting them at their eye level, and occasionally
going out from behind the bar and STOPPING beside the customer.
She goes onto mention other techniques that make you seem closer and more personable to the customer, thereby
increasing your tip earnings.
The reason I want to recommend
this book to others is because these methods actually do work, and will allow you to easily
make extra money during your shifts.
I've tried these techniques myself, and have seen my tips increase.
I wouldn't recommend them otherwise.
If you're going to buy one book on bartending, or more specifically a book on how to make extra money by bartending, make it
. It would be money, more exactly $20, well spent.
You'll earn it back many times over. I know I did.