Bartender quits pursuit to start her possess libation business

Earlier this year, Kathy Sullivan – a Birmingham mom of 3 — done a preference to quit her pursuit as a barkeeper and go to work for herself doing a same pursuit — and more.

“When we was operative during my final bar given position, it strike me: People need a libation catering service, in part, since my regulars would ask me to work their private parties,” a 41-year-old said. “It is a risk to work for yourself. That’s since we waited to get bustling before we quit my other job.”

Running her possess company, she also figured, would let her could keep some-more of the income she done — and give her some-more coherence to set her possess hours.

“Being a mom,” Sullivan said, “I don’t usually wish to go to my kids’ classroom for their Halloween party.”

While bar tending, she started catering events part-time and environment adult her possess company, that she aptly named Sidecar Bartending. Then, before going full-time, she promised her father that whatever income she would be giving adult from her bar given job, she’d make adult for — and a small some-more — with her new venture.

Q: What is your business?

A: It’s a boutique libation catering business. Basically, we’ll do all though a food. We’ll accommodate with a client, plead a celebration their having, we’ll assistance them come adult with what ethanol they wish to serve. We can do all a wine ordering, and sequence all a glassware. We have a bar we can bring to a party. We also supply a bartenders and servers if they need it.

Q: Right now, you’re a usually employee?

A: we am. we do all a eventuality planning, booking, and we bar tend a parties. we like to bartend since it’s a new business and patron use is a biggest thing we concentration on. we try to go to all a parties to make certain a use is there, but I have seasoned bartenders we send, too.

Q: What’s your income like?

A: I’m wavering to give we a series since it’s a new business. we would say my idea is to make some-more than we done in a grill business with a reward of operative for myself, about $5,000 month. Based on how things have been going, we consider that’s achievable. Next year, we design to double that.

Q: What recommendation do we have for people who wish to start their possess company?

A: Don’t feel like we need to start during a top. It’s OK to start during an entry-level position and work your approach adult as we go. You are training as we go. we consider it will compensate off. You will have some-more believe about all aspects of a business. For bartending, it’s OK to get a pursuit during a restaurant as a busboy, turn a server, bar-back, work adult as manager. In all those positions, we learn something to start your possess business. Whatever pursuit we have, make certain you’re training from it. we will assistance in a prolonged run.

Q: Are some-more people going into business for themselves these days?

A: I don’t know. Starting this business was a lot some-more work than we thought: Getting a website, name, logo, insurance, opening a bank account. People have a lot of good ideas, though going into business is  more formidable than they think.

Q: Did we have any other moments of impulse to start your possess business?

A: I adore bartending. we adore a patron use aspect of it. Talking to people, being social. I’m unequivocally organized. It’s a pursuit we desired doing, and I’m good during it.

Q: But, you’re not usually bar tending, now. You have most some-more responsibility. You have to keep a books, sinecure people, marketplace a craving — and come up with business strategies. It’s some-more concerned than creation drinks for people and listening to their unhappy stories, isn’t it?

A: Oh yes. It’s something I’ve been operative on for a year.

Q: Business is a risk, too. What if it doesn’t work out?

A: If it doesn’t work out, I’ll go behind to operative as a barkeeper — or get another job. I’m not afraid.

Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or

Kathy Sullivan

Age: 41

Family: Husband, Matt; 3 children, Katie, 11; Louie, 9; Sophie, 8

Education: Wayne State University, bachelor’s degree

Experience: About 20 years bartending

Hobbies: Marathons, soccer, reading

Car: 2012 Chrysler Town Country minivan

Signature drink: Old Fashioned


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