Whether you’ve worked as a hostess, waitress, bartender, busser, or even a cook, you know that there are tons of life lessons learned from working in a restaurant!

I worked in the restaurant business for 3 years as both a hostess and a waitress and believe me, you learn A LOT from these jobs.

So if you’re looking to connect with a fellow restaurant veteran or if you’re looking for a job in the restaurant industry and want to know what you’re in for, then continue reading these 9 life lessons learned from working in a restaurant.



One of the biggest lessons learned from working in a restaurant is the correct practice of tipping.

Contrary to popular belief, waiters and waitresses do not get to keep all of the tips they make.

They almost always have to tip-out a percentage of their tips to “the house,” which includes the bussers, hostesses, and bartender.

Thus, when you tip poorly (or not at all), your waitress loses money because she has to still pay that percentage at the end of her shift.

Having been a waitress, I usually tip more than average because I know how much it can brighten someone’s day who makes barely anything in hourly pay alone.


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