Welcome back! I hope your first couple days as a Budtender have been fun and rewarding!
If you haven’t been set loose to work solo at this point, then you can expect much of the same from What to Expect for Your Second Day as a Budtender. However, I have a few recommendations for you for your final day(s) with a Trainer:
- If you don’t have much experience or knowledge with a specific category of products then ask your Trainer to provide a detailed overview of products in those categories. Categories to keep in mind are:
- Edibles (both food and beverages)
- Concentrates (wax, rosin, syringes, etc.)
- Vape Pens and Cartridges
- CBD specific products
- Glass Products (pipes, etc.)
- Grinders, Rolling Papers, Canisters, etc.
- If you’re struggling to remember the prices for a specific category of products then ask your Trainer to help you.
- Make sure you ring in as many of the transactions as possible. This way you will know how to fix any errors you might encounter. It will also provide you with some muscle memory so you’re less overwhelmed when you’re on your own.
- Ask your Trainer about specials and deals. Many dispensaries will have deals on holidays (like 420!). Some dispensaries will have deals for each day of the week. Some dispensaries will even have discounts during ‘Vendor Days’ (where a vendor sets up a booth in the store to market their products to people waiting in line to see a Budtender). Knowing the discounts and the deals will help you in numerous ways:
- You become more familiar with the products on sale.
- Customers like to buy things when they’re on sale. If they try it on a sale day and love it, then they are more likely to buy that product later even if it isn’t discounted. The more the customer spends, the more hours your dispensary can afford to give you!
- You’ll always want to know what’s discounted on what days so you can be as prepared as possible for customer questions.
- Some vendors will give Budtenders an incentive to sell their product while they’re in the building (like a free eighth!).
- Ask your Trainer about shift routines or standard operating procedures associated with the job. Make sure you know the expectations of your job so you can meet and exceed them daily.
- Ask your Trainer about other routine parts of the job, like tip reporting and pay periods (if you don’t already know).
- I saved the best for last: ask your Trainer about Budtender samples! Vendors will send dispensaries samples for Budtenders so they are knowledgeable about new or returning strains or products. About once a month, my dispensary will give each Budtender a bag of samples. There are usually about ten items in the bag, including things like cartridges, 0.5 grams of flower, CBD products, etc.
For the remainder of your shadowing/training days, I would recommend asking as many questions as you can think of and do your best to retain the information you’re given throughout your shifts.
I wish you luck! If you have any questions or would like to tell me about your training experience, please comment!