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I've been meaning to post this, thought this would benefit some of you young cats.
I was in Vegas last week. One day I was having an overpriced beer at the hotel bar and I struck up a conversation with the guy sitting next to me. He was from Pittsburgh and moved to Vegas with his girlfriend about a year ago.
Eventually the subject turned to money. He told me that the bus boys at some of the high end clubs make around $100 K a year. THE BUS BOYS! (Of course the waitresses make more than than and the bartenders make even more than that). After I thought about it for a second, I realized it made perfect sense.
Like I mentioned before, EVERYTHING in Vegas is overpriced. People with money come to Vegas, no one is looking for a "free lunch". People are willing to pay for food, drinks, and entertainment. And they're willing to tip well. Plus it's ALWAYS busy. Even in the middle of the week. He said a bus boy at the club he works at walked out with $13K last New Years Eve.
What about cost of living then? It has to be expensive right? Wrong. He said he's paying about $1450 monthly for a 3 bed 2 bath 15 minutes from work (He works on the strip). I would imagine it would be even cheaper for a single guy who only needed a studio apartment.
He said the key is to work the system and not let it work you. So many people get caught up in the lifestyle: booze, drugs, gambling, etc. and they end up pissing all their money away. If you're weak of character, don't move to Vegas! If you're of strong mind, young, hungry, and willing to work hard and work the system, and aren't ready for college, it might be a great (albeit not permanent) move.
"Work the system" - well put
I use this too... but for US in general. People don't know how great they have it. It's the best economy in the world, but people are caught up with pre-programmed lifestyle for them. As an immigrant to the US, all I see is opportunities left and right.
I live in vegas. When I first moved here I got the first apartment I saw, which happened to be a pretty decent place for only 700 a month right off of Las Vegas blvd in front of south point casino, I got super lucky. It was a 2 bedroom with walk in garage to kitchen and right at the very front of the gated complex.
I own a small business that is in it's early phases/struggling and I have given some thought to bartending/bussing part time because I know how much you could make, not to mention the social aspects. I knew a bartender at carnaval court/harrahs that was taking home something like 150-200k. The thing about becoming a bartender/bussboy out here is that it can be hard to get in, especially at the high end places. I have a cousin who is a bartender in some super high end place in laguna beach/socal that was applying for a bartending gig out here and there was nothing open, he has like 10 years experience and is a tall good looking dude with great social skills and I thought he would for sure get something out here but he said it's much easier said than done.
Don't let that dissuade you though, if you're really determined treat it like a numbers game and apply everywhere. Worst thing that can happen is you get an okay paying gig and you can probably land a cheap studio less than 600 a month not too far from the strip.
dashedhopes wrote: Dude this is so cool! Bussing is pretty easy and living there would just be so cool. I live in Canada but don't want to stay here forever.
Dude this similar to a guy who used to hang out at the shop I worked/helped in Cali... The dude WAS ALWAYS our race shop often even doing shit like nasty dirty labor intensive work but I briefly asked a few peeps if he worked there or what and they told me nah dude is just bored and likes what we did in our shop...
I never really thought much more of it until I started seeing his trucks and cars he was rolling around in.... Being So Cal I was thinking ahh "trust fund kid.....". Nope, dude was like early 30's super clean cut nothing like a pussy slayer looking dude but doesn't matter in this story.... I eventually asked him like what he did or how did he get his money. He was a some Valet attendant for I guess some super upscale restaurant or lounge in Manhattan beach and I can't remember exactly but he said worked there for such a long time he got $100 biils for his tip from tons of people on the regular every night... I was thinking bullshit but really think about it... Even for my age I have worked for tips so when I go to a restaurant, get my haircut, or Tuesday is trash day and I always see the trash truck rolling down my street either in my window or on my camera's... So even my nobody joe blow mr. random dude just hit the dude up with a $10 bill to empty another container that was full (trash patrol yes is super Nazi in my hood lol) but think about dude's like us tipping $10 on some shit like the which was more of like hey do me a favor but I bet most guys here considering are trying to look their best throw down a nice $10-20 tip on a haircut...
Well imagine a dude who is old and somebody in Malibu rolling in shit rolls royce and you know thats not the only car the mother fucker owns right... I mean then I started thinking damn this dude is "semi" balling for an average person without too many goals or ambitions in life like a lot of us... all for parking cars man..
"I put the bubbles in the tub so I can take a bubble bath!"
I met a girl in walmart who was from vegas, she mention that it's very much so possible to make 100k plus in the service industry.
Something about the west coast and the flood of opportunities there.
I currently work for a tourist company in my downtown D, and i average about $60(tips) for 5-6 hours+ my hourly so about $20 an hour. Some guys make $80-$100 a day
Heck i can only imagine a tourist city that never shuts down O_O
Imagine making $700-$1000, in one night
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