Open a Mobile Bar

Mobile Bar Set Up

  • When we are celebrating, drinks are usually flowing. 
  • When we are unhappy, we may pour ourselves a drink to forget our troubles. 
  • When couples are feeling romantic, they might pop a bottle of champagne.  
  • When times are tough, we drink.  
  • \When times are good, we drink.  
  • When the economy is failing, we still drink.  

Let’s face it, alcohol is big business… whenever… wherever…  which is why you will almost certainly make money with the great business idea in this contributed post.  Here’s how to set up a mobile bar.

Open a Mobile Bar

If you have a flair for creative beverages, you love to bartend and you fancy travelling around the country to different events – becoming a mobile bar owner is a great idea for you. Bring along a few friends or family members and open up a mobile bar…

1. Experiment

You need to practice making all of the classic cocktails. It might mean that you end up trying a lot of cocktail at the weekend, but we’re sure you won’t mind having a few tipples in the name or science.

Work on your technique and beverage design to make the drinks look great when you serve up, and then play around with non alcoholic cocktails for those who don’t drink.

2. Get an alcohol permit

To be licensed to sell alcohol to people on the road, you will need to obtain a permit of some kind from the relevant authorities. You can contact the alcoholic beverage commission to apply for permission to sell your drinks. You will also need to take a training course in drinks and bar tending.

 3. Business permits

Once you are licensed to sell alcohol, you need to be licensed to sell at all. Make sure that you obtain a permit from your state which allows you to function as a business on the road. You will need a company name, identification number and tax permit.

4. Business strategy

Once you’ve got all of the legal stuff out of the way, you will need to start looking into where you want to sell, what drinks will be on your specials menu, and how much you will charge for each drink.

Make a list of all the cocktails you are able to make and look to other similar companies as inspiration when you set your prices.

Make sure that you arrange events to attend and buy in enough stock of alcohol for a day’s work.

5. Payment

Decide how you want to be paid. The easiest way would be to simply take cash into a till at events.

However, many people now only carry a card around with them so it would be useful if you had a card machine or reader to scans cards and take payment in that way instead.

6. Insurance

Now that you are a functioning business, you will be carrying around money as well as you business assets including equipment, employees and drinks.

To make sure that you stay safe in the road and you are protected against damages or loss, you need to take out business insurance.

It will cost a few hundred dollars each year, but in the long term it could save you thousands of anything ever happens to you.

7. Network with event planners

The best way to get noticed and make sure you are the pick of the draw for events is to find event planners and make friends with them.

Tell them about the services you offer, give them a sample to try and make sure you are open and friendly at all times.

Event planners will be able to point you in the direction of possible business and bring you to the forefront of people’s minds.

Have you ever thought of setting up a mobile bar?  This may seem like a strange business option for a Mom but remember you just have to own it, you don’t have to run it.   Why not open a few while you’re at it?

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