Mobile bartending is a flexible mode of bartending that allows you to serve alcohol at both, outdoor and indoor venues with ease. A growing trend over the last few years in the US, one that has seen young entrepreneurs dive into the business due to its fluid and fast paced nature. To get started, one requires to get a few things in order such as a permit to sell alcohol, required equipment, vendor details and sales venue. When all these are in place, you’re more or less ready to get the show started.
Get a permit to sell alcohol
First things first, regardless of which state you reside in, one must have a legal permit to serve alcohol in the public domain. Usually, different states set different permits depending on the intensity of alcohol, hard volumes typically require more paperwork. The application process might call for a background check, presenting a business plan and even submitting your yearly financial statements. Also, the city and country you reside might ask for special permits too. For instance, setting up a mobile bartending service in Illinois might be far different from say Boston. Be sure to gather all the information necessary before applying, as it is deemed illegal to sell alcohol without a permit.
Follow traditional business practices
Don’t let the fast pace nature fool you it’s still a business. Come up with a full proof business plan, one with direction. You’ll need a rough projection of cost, estimated revenue and expenses to know just how much you should invest in equipment. Avail an insurance cover and a bartending business license from your municipality
Arrange for transport and equipment
Stack your bar with a variety of premium glasses and other equipment to help hold and serve alcohol. You’ll also need a jigger, muddler, shaker, blender, and a truck and trailer as well.
A few mobile bartenders make use of hybrid bars/vans as opposed to the traditional bars on rollers, which are convenient to move from one venue to another. The kind of transportation and bar you choose largely influences how much profit you make, as the fuel expenses to move from one venue to another is a crucial operational cost you bear.
Look for wholesalers
The business requires you to serve a range of alcohols from beers, wine, and spirits, thus prompting you to find a wholesaler who can provide you with the needs. You can also reach out to alternate establishments that specialize in B2b sales, which include big retailers, to even homebrewers. When your business hits the floor running, you will have a dependable supply chain, hence, you should lock in your supplier with a contract to make it simpler going forward.
Find Sales Venues
Fortunately, mobile bartending services are a huge success at venues where team-building events and business conventions take place. As a matter of fact, even at large festive gatherings or at places where people celebrate vacations or special events may require outdoor bartending services. Scouting for sales venues that promote your services can be cemented by having face-to-face business meetings with the concerned parties where contracts, pricing, and benefits can be discussed. You can also provide free promotional samples as a way to get the word around.