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Be a Catering Server for Extra Income

Being disabled, I am limited physically as to ways to earn extra income. If I was able to, I think a fun and very flexible job to do would be as a catering server. This job requires setting up, serving food and beverages, bussing tables and breaking down the event at the end of the day. In my county, there are oodles of catering businesses who cater for occasions such as banquets, weddings and parties in general. Besides catering businesses there are also convention centers, restaurants and hotels that often need extra catering help.

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The pay is generally minimum wage but there are also collective server shared gratuities at the end of a work day. Those tips add up because these businesses generally require a minimum 15% gratuity of the total service bill. Let's say the total service bill is $5,000.00 plus a 15% gratuity and there are ten 'servers'. That would total an extra $75.00 per server for that shift. If the shift is six hours then that is an extra $12.50 per hour added to your minimum wage pay.

These businesses usually know well in advance what events they will be catering so you will be able to decide with them early on as far as your availability for scheduling your services. Most of these businesses will be more than happy to have your help even if it's only one day a month. Perhaps this idea would be doable for you and if it is then check out your local caterers, convention centers, restaurants and hotels and fill out applications.

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Besides filling out the applications; follow up so they know you are serious. Once your foot is in the door and you've proven yourself you'll be on their regular list to call. ;-)

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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November 18, 20110 found this helpful

This sounds a great deal like work. Something I try to avoid at all costs.

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November 20, 20110 found this helpful

Go Deeli, I hope that this would work for you too! Good Luck!

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November 20, 20110 found this helpful

Actually, I used to do this line of work myself. It is a flexible in terms of hours and days spent although many events take place on weekends. The downside is minimum wage like you said (and we didn't get tips, but that might just be us) and travel time has to be figured in to your day as well. Depending on where the event was being held we might have had a couple hour commute there and back again. And work like this is pretty physically demanding, requiring long hours on your feet.

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But it certainly was one of the more interesting jobs I've worked. Attending a wide variety of people's private functions can be an eye opener, lol. Christmas parties were always the most entertaining! We often got to eat the leftover food, a lot of which was very nice. I've worked major corporate functions that featured well-known bands and comedians for entertainment, and Hindu weddings were everyone was dressed in their beautiful traditional clothes. If someone is looking for part-time work it's definitely an idea.

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November 21, 20110 found this helpful

In these economic times, we need to be aware of ways to earn extra cash.
This would be a good idea for increasing income. It doesn't sound like such hard work. I've grown up on harder work than that!

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November 25, 20110 found this helpful

This is a great idea, Deeli, and kudos to you if you can do it! I'm a born klutz who was always lousy at food-service jobs. The part-time work I'm looking for is more along the lines of virtual receptionist or proofreader, my screen-reader can pick up typos sighted people miss.

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I think that's hilarious! Huge huggers and of course a thumbs up! JPJ

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