Best Ways to earn better tips waiting tables
The Best Tips for making bigger tips waiting tables!
Did you say you're looking for the best tips to earning BIGGER tips waiting tables? Well look no further! You have come to the perfect place!
Servers! Are you ready to get paid more? I'm going to give you some pointers/ tips to help you reach your full earning potential waiting tables! These tips are easy and can be fun, especially when you see all those greenbacks laying there on the table waiting for you. You may already do most of these, heck some of you may do all of them. But I'm pretty sure that if you do practice all of these you still forget sometimes. So, come back and read them once a week or so just to keep them fresh in your mind.
I know these tips have worked for me and my wife. I hope they work for all of you. Good luck to you all, I know how tough waiting tables can be. Especially when you get those rude tables. Just remember your attitude is your greatest tool for overcoming those difficult tables, kill them with kindness!
Are you clean?
Make sure you are clean cut and dressed to impress. Don't have stains all over your clothes. Don't wear clothes with holes all over them. Make sure hair is washed and looking good. Make sure your face is shaved (guys), teeth are brushed, hands are clean, no boogers hanging around. Just make sure your appearance won't gross the patrons out and keep them from eating their food.
What makes you tip the way you do?
This is you chance to vote on what you think is biggest factor for how much you tip your server.
What is the deciding factor of how much money you tip your server?
Tip 1: Always smile
...and have a positive attitude!
Let's get started shall we! Keeping a smile on your face and having a positive attitude are probably the most important things you can do to increase your earnings. When people sit down to eat at a restaurant they usually come to get away from all the hussle and bussle of the day. They want to sit down and relax. It is your job to make there eating experience the most pleasant one possible. Nobody wants to have a rude server, and that is a sure fired way to get yourself a crappy tip.
The customer doesn't care that you don't want to be there or that you hate the job. If it is that bad then you probably need to think about getting a different job. It is not the customers fault that you aren't having a good day. Don't make their experience all about you, it's supposed to be all about them.
Learn how to stay positive
The Unfortunate Truth
Do good looks have any pull on what kind of tips you get?
The unfortunate truth is...YES good looks do have a say in the kind of tips you make. I know, it's not right but its true. On the bright side, your attitude has a bigger say. You won't get great tips on good looks alone! If you are good lookin', and your attitude doesn't suck you'll make bank! If your attitude is aweful you'll be bankrupt. If you are attractively challenged don't fret, with a great attitude you will make great tips too!
Tip 2: A Gentle Touch
Keep it friendly!
Use this one carefully! If they seem a little protective when you walk up, you might want to forgo this tip. Some people do tend to be protective of their space.
This tip might sound a little weird...but if you gently touch the person (just one if there are multiples) on the shoulder when asking them how they are doing it will make you seem more personable. You much be sincere with your touch and your talk! Keep the touch FRIENDLY!! This is not meant to be used to hit on someone. This kind gesture lets people know that you are a people person, you are not scared to be around people and you are down to earth. Your customers will be more likely to fork over a few more dollars to someone they feel like they already know.
There are a few others similar to this tip that could be rolled all into one but for the sake of not boring you with one loooonnngg paragraph I will break them up in to several tips. But when used correctly they all will cause your customers to feel more comfortable around you, like they've known you for years.
Again, keep in mind, if they seem protective of their space...LET THEM HAVE IT! Don't get too close. Still be courteous and friendly though.
Did you know?
This is for those of you who've never worked in the restaurant industry before.
Did you know that the average hourly wage for a waiter/waitress is $2.13!
Many people mistakenly think that servers make minimum wage on top of their tips. This simply isn't true.
Tip 3: Get on Their Level
Not mental level, physical level
Number 3 is along the same lines as number 2. It's not something you would automatically think about but it works. Squat down next to the table as you take their orders. Get down to there eye level. It is another way to cause you customers to feel more comfortable. This tip shows that you care enough about your customers to get down on their level with them, not just stand over them.
Like I said earlier, this tip is not something that you would normally think about so it will take some time getting used to doing it. The payoff will be well worth the extra smidge of hassle, trust me.
DO NOT SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THEM! That is just annoying and intrusive.
Introduce yourself by name! It's just another way to make them feel at home and comfortable.
Never run out of pens again!!
What are servers always needing more of?....PENS! PENS! PENS! Every shift you always manage to have misplaced at least 1 pen, I know it's aggrevating. Well, now you can buy pens in bulk. You will save money and never run out of pens! Leaving your customer with a neat pen to sign their receipt is always a good idea because it gives them one more opportunity to smile, and when people smile as they write the tip down it tends to increase the number they write.
Wait!...Now here is a great way to make a little extra money! Buy these pens in bulk for a super discounted price, keep them in your car when you go work, and when your co-works need a pen, sell them one! I'm sure they would be willing to buy a pen for $.25 or $.50. You may not make millions off of it but you can definitely make a few bucks at least!
How much fun could you have handing these to your customers to use? Watch them as they try to figure out what you pen is supposed to say.
Tip 4: Acknowledge the lil' ones
Only if there are little ones! Haha
If there are kids at the table make sure you acknowledge them. If the kids like their waitor/ waitress the more likely the parents are going to like you as well. Ask them their name(s), how old they are, etc. make sure the questions and comments are age appropriate though. One thing I always enjoyed doing when there were kids was to create new names for the food.For example: If it was a little boy I would ask him if he liked dinosaurs, as most little boys do, he would say yes. When I bring out his "chicken tenders" I would say, "And here you go sir, your dinosaur claws and dinosaur blood dipping sauce." It was always a hit.
The parents love it when you help entertain their little ones. Many times it is rough on the parents going out to eat with little ones, so they will appreciate all the help they can get. This is another one that often goes overlooked, but is well worth it.
Keep in mind that you must be able to accomplish all of your regular duties on top of executing these tips. This means you must keep drinks full, take orders correctly, make sure all condiments are on tables, everyone has silverware, etc...
Tip 5: No Excuses!
This is a major pet peeve
DO NOT give excuses! The customer doesn't care why you forgot to put their order in, or why it took you so long to fill their drinks. If they do care they will ask. All you need to do is apologize for it and continue what you are doing. The less you emphasize your mistake the better. If they do ask, give them a short quick answer. They are not looking for you to give them a long drawnout story.
People don't want you taking up there time with stupid excuses and long life stories. I'm not saying don't talk to your customers at all but keep the conversations to a minimum. LESS IS MORE. Remember, apologize, fix the problem, and continue working. If they ask, answer quickly and to the point.
Don't forget this tip. I know it is easy to fall into the excuse trap, no one wants people to think they just forgot about them, just remember most of the time the customer just wants the problem solved.
Do you have some tips on earning better tips?
Did you use some of these tips?
Did they work?
Did they suck?
Let me know. The only way I can make this lens (page) better is to know how these tips are working out in the real world. I know they all worked for me and I hope they all work for you as well. I will constantly be adding to the list so please let me know if there is anything you would like for me to add.