Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiara Robinson.
Hi Tiara, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Since my high school days, I’ve always had an interest in bartending. I used to watch a lot of music videos and they made bartending seem so glamorous and fun. My first job was as a waitress at the age of 14. Since a young age, I’ve always enjoyed working in the food/beverage industry and interacting with people.
My desire to learn more about the bartending industry prompted me to attend bartending school in 2017, where I learned so much about crafting cocktails, observing people’s behavior changes, obtaining liquor permits and licenses, and more. I received my mixology certification and started working at a variety of bars including, restaurants, concert venues, and a bowling alley. After realizing how much I really enjoyed crafting cocktails and meeting new people, I decided to start my bartending business in 2018.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not always been a smooth road! The journey of entrepreneurship really challenges you and forces you out of your comfort zone (it’s the hardest thing ever!). There have been plenty of times when I wanted to give up when the business was not going as I hoped; however, I had to remind myself why I started Tipsy Dollas – to use my creativity, connect with people and make money.
This business has definitely enabled me to think outside of the box to come up with creative ways to market and brand the business and has enabled me to learn a lot about the industry and myself. Another thing that can get in the way is comparing your journey to someone else’s. You just have to remind yourself that this is YOUR journey, enjoy it. Celebrate your wins, your accomplishments, your progress, your losses, etc.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Tipsy Dollas is a mobile bartending company that specializes in creating an unforgettable bar experience by curating amazing drinks with impeccable presentations. We book for all kinds of events, from baddie link-ups to corporate gatherings and everything in between. Me personally, I’m always trying to figure out ways to improve my business. I constantly search the internet trying to discover new trends, aesthetics, vibes, etc. My mind literally never turns off.
As a company, I’m most proud of my growth. Tipsy Dollas has come a long way okay! From getting maybe 1-2 bookings every other few months to getting booked 3 to 4 times monthly. I did my first out-of-state event back in July which was crazy! I couldn’t believe it. Now my goal is to bartend somewhere international. It has been so amazing and heartwarming to see all my hard work in the beginning stages finally paying off. I’m in the process of expanding my team and buying more equipment. I’m so excited to see what’s in store for my business.
What sets me apart from the others is that I know how to have fun but still be professional. The bartender is the person who sets the vibes for the event by making amazing drinks and engaging in upbeat conversations with the guests – pretty much we get things poppin’! With that, it’s important to have fun and interact with your client and the guests, but still, stay professional.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
To book me for their next event they can go to www.tipsydollas.com/book-today. I have a very detailed form that will allow me to see what their needs are and I’m instantly able to give them a quote. If another business wants to collaborate just shoot me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.