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Waiting Tables
for Very Good Money:

A Guide for Ambitious Waiters
and Waitresses

The first in my series of books designed to help college students pay for college.

Many servers earn a pittance, but clever ones can earn a small fortune.


Many waiters and waitresses just stumble into their jobs and end up earning minimum wage (or less). They mistakenly think one serving job is much like another—or that they need tons of experience to qualify for a better one. But that’s far from the case. Waiting Tables for Very Good Money—which is based on hundreds of interviews with restaurant owners, managers, and servers, as well as the authors’ own experience—shows you how to land the best jobs and maximize your tips.

We walk you through every step of the application process, from putting together online applications, cover letters, and resumes, to mastering each type of interview you’ll face. You’ll also learn how network so that you’ll be offered jobs without even needing to interview.

We show you the basics you’ll need to master a job as a new server—and then how to become a true professional.

Whether you’re just starting out or a veteran, you’ll learn how to maximize your income by:

  • Getting jobs at the most upscale restaurants

  • Getting the best shifts and station

  • Developing regular customers

  • Learning to “read” a table

  • Selling more (and more expensive) food and drink

  • Turning tables

  • Getting promoted, including to bartending or management

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