Whether you’ve decided to tend bar to pick up extra cash or start a lucrative career, you probably already know that bartending can be a fun job where you can make a lot of money in tips each night. However, if you want to make money, you’re going to need to know how to be successful at what you do. Here are two tips that should help.

Know What You’re Doing

It might seem obvious that you need to know how to mix drinks to be a good bartender, but there are some people tending bar that still have to look up how to make popular drinks. If you’re looking up recipes, that’s time taken away from interacting with customers. Do your best to study or attainĀ classes and remember how to make standard drinks before you even step into the bar.

It’s not even enough to know the ingredients of a particular drink; you need to know as much as you can about the proper proportions. A vodka and cranberry taste like a straight shot if you add too much vodka, for instance. If that happens, you may be kissing your tip goodbye.

Remember To Form Relationships

When it’s a busy night, it can be hard to remember to do anything but take orders and bring drinks, but keep in mind that the start of a tip is the relationship you form with your patrons. Even a smile or “how are ya tonight” can spark a friendly rapport that might turn into a good tip at the end of the night. Treat your customers like friends, and they’ll treat you like one too.

With these tips under your bartending belt, you should soon start to see the tips come rolling in. Watch other bartenders to pick up techniques and tips that might also work for you.