How to Party for Profit
By Steve Gillman
I have know a number of people who have had a party for profit.
When I was younger they used to fill a house with fifty people
who had all paid $5 or $10 and got all the keg beer they could
drink. Some students paid their rent during college with these
little businesses. It made sense to me. But the legality of the
parties is another matter.
Is it legal to charge for entry to your house party? Generally,
yes. Is it legal to charge for entry and then give away beer?
Ask a lawyer. It is done all the time, but it may cross the line.
Even if the police leave you alone for handing out beer in your
house, they will put you in jail if one of your drinking guests
happens to be too young.
If you do have a party for profit, a DJ or a band is a good
idea. Food is a good idea too. Pretzels are one of the cheapest
snacks you can buy, and almost everyone likes them.
If you know enough people, word-of-mouth might be enough to
fill your house. Otherwise you can print a few dozen flyers using
your computer, and post them on bulletin boards and hand them
To be sure that you are doing this legally, you can find a
place that already has a bar or liquor license and will rent
you the space for a party. VFW centers, ELKS clubs and others
sometimes charge as little as $200 for the night, especially
if they make all the money from the drinks sold. In that case,
you'll have to see if you can sell food or you can just make
the money on the cover charge.
How Much Can You Make?
Who knows? This page is indexed primarily as a "ideas"
page, meaning there is little to back up any numbers I put here.
(The page is also indexed in the "fast ways to make money"
section because you might pull it off in a matter of a week.)
I know that when I was younger some of my co-workers did pay
their rent from house parties.
What about renting space? Let's say you find a hall that will
rent for $300 (and they keep the drink receipts). You have a
friend who will DJ for tips, or friends in a band who will work
for free to get the exposure. You know so many people that you
only spend $50 promoting your party. Your total risk is only
$250. A $10 cover charge and 75 guests would net you $400 ($750
at the door minus the $350 of expenses).
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A BOB party for profit (BOB = "bring your own beer")
at your house might be legal even if you charge $10 at the door.
If you can get a live band for $100 and sell pizza by the slice,
you might make a few hundred dollars.
Qualifications / Requirements
Your own house is a good idea if you want to do this more
than once (landlords will not like you using their places).
Check the laws in your state and local area to see what you
can legally do at home. Then start running the numbers and making
- An article on how to party for profit.
- Another article with some tips.