For the social-minded folks that prefer to party at home or organize their own events, Brian Bailey is at your service. With years of bartending experience under his belt, Bailey decided that the time was right to launch his own company appropriately titled, Two Drink Minimum. He brings his own setup and will do as much – or as little – as the client needs for the event.
Carlee McCullough: What type of services does Two Drink Minimum offer?
Brian Bailey: Full bartending services that can be shaped for whatever kind of event that's going on. Whether there is a bar, no bar, inside or outside, day or night, Two Drink Minimum will give your event the look of a professional, full bar staying within the budget that is set.
CM: How did you come up with the concept for Two Drink Minimum?
BB: Having years of experience working different bars, restaurants and clubs, I was frequently asked to do different private parties and weddings. But people didn't know all that it entailed. So I formed Two Drink Minimum (TDM), which is a pretty catchy name, to completely handle the beverage part of the party or event. If the refreshments are perfectly in place, no one will say anything. But if they are not in place, your party will definitely get a bad word or two.
CM: As a business owner, have you been open to advice along the way? And do you believe new businesses should be open to such advice?
BB: I am always open to advice because there is always someone who has succeeded in the same thing that we are working towards. If we are not open to advice, we can't gage where we are taking our business.
CM: What has been your most memorable moment with Two Drink Minimum?
BB: I do a huge Halloween party every year and hundreds show up. The costumes and characters that come out are always most memorable.
CM: What has been the most disappointing moment with Two Drink Minimum?
BB: Sometimes I work certain events put on by inexperienced networkers who think that they will get rich from a party. They lack planning and the focus is on the wrong thing.
CM: What is the greatest reward in running your own business?
BB: Having people contact me to do their event because of the great time they had at another event that I worked.
CM: That's great. Would you say now is the best time (in this economy) to become an entrepreneur?
BB: It is and it is due to the economy. But do your work and then do your work again. Too many of us fail because we see the finish line and are not willing to bang the bricks first.
CM: Many small businesses are under-capitalized, what advice can you provide them in getting over that hurdle?
BB: Operate within your means or partner up.
CM: What contributes to the success of an entrepreneur?
BB: Product, audience and cost! Your product or service has to have appeal. Your product or service has to cater to an audience that needs it on a large level. Your product or service has to have a cost to it that the audience won't mind spending money on it on a continuous basis.
CM: Do you notice any new trends in the marketplace? If so, what are they?
BB: It is easier to brand yourself these days. With all of the day-parties and networking events, not to mention the Internet, one could really get their name and business service out to the market.
CM: If you had one piece of advice to give to someone just starting out in your field, what would it be?
BB: Customer service!!!!
CM: What is next for Brian and/or Two Drink Minimum?
BB: I will continue to do events and party's here and there. I have thought about expanding to a larger crew but not sure right now. The level of service and professionalism will continue, which will keep TDM in action.
CM: Any closing remarks?
BB: The windshield on a car is so much bigger than the rearview mirror because what's ahead of you is so much more important than what's behind you. Let's move forward in a positive way and make a positive change together