There is nothing like being your own boss, and as the bookie, you get to set your own lines and rules. So how can you get started? Obviously as in any business, the best way to know the business is to work for someone else for a while. If you are currently using a bookie, you might want to ask if he or she needs any help. You might be surprised at the positive response you’ll get.


Even a limited number of hours will benefit. Clerking, answering the phone, running errands, learning the business from the ground up over time will be the most valuable teacher. Once you’re ready to set out on your own, it would be best to start out small and feel your way along. While it is best to be knowledgeable of all possible sports bets, and you should offer lines that your customers would want, perhaps it is best at first to limit what you offer to what you are most familiar with.


Over time give your customers some freedom and they will become better and more loyal customers. Be very clear about your rules, be polite, on time, and professional. Be clear about your hours, about juice and settle-up day. Be consistent, pay out to winners promptly.