(Closed) Any current/former waitresses out there?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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@Birdiebaby4:  It depends on what time the restaurant closes, and how late your parties will sit there. But my work closes at 9, and I always get out by 10 for sure! I always start my side work early if I can so that I’m not there forever. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@Birdiebaby4:  never been a waitress, but my friend works at a country club. She makes really good money, I mean she bought herself a nice sports car. Maybe look into a country club?

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Have you thought about looking into a career with an apartment complex as a leasing consultant? I did this before I started my own business and made a TON of money. A lot of places give you a decent salary and then you can also make commissions on every apartment you lease. This is one of the most lucrative businesses where if you have a great personality and some sort of sales drive you can do it.

You have even have to have a college degree either. The hours are AWESOME too.

Seriously, look it up and let me know if you have any specific questions. I am happy to help.

 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I was a server for years, and I have to disagree with other posters. While for someone with experience it would be ideal to have at least 6-7 tables in a section, I would never recommend it to someone without experience. Topping out at 4-5 at the most should be perfect for you. 

And when I served, I made real minimum wage ($7-8/hour). Also the best money I ever made was bartending at a Ruby Tuesday, where they switched me over to the bar from serving after a year. I actually took a pay cut moving from that to being a server again at an independent popular restaurant. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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@Birdiebaby4:  Yeah, not everybody closes every night! I actually like closing, because it’s more money, since you’re there longer and you get the last downs. So I often switch people so that I go to a closing station. But typically at least at my work, you rotate stations so that you do not close every single night. 🙂

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@Taeyers:  +1

Waitressing isn’t exactly the easiest job in the world and wiht no experience, the OP is not going to start out with the biggest sections on the busiest nights, nor will she be hired at a high-end steakhouse/grille kind of place.  

OP look into the chain restarants; they are always hiring and tend to be popular with inexperienced servers looking to get some experience before moving on to somewhere more lucrative. Not being able to work weekdays at all will hurt your chances of getting hired so try to get some flexibility in your schedule.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I worked at a chain steakhouse and made pretty good money, but it did vary a lot night to night. There were nights I went home with $13 and nights I went home with $200. I was a trainer, and pretty much closed every night (which is actually good because you make way more money), and got out around 11:30 most nights. My paychecks tended to be $0 because I claimed all my tips. Also my manager was great about letting us choose our schedules. I got to work Monday through Friday night shifts, which easily worked around my school schedule, and I still got weekends off. 

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