First Paid Gig!!

December 2018

I was minding my own business one day, when I received a message. Melanie Smith, Communications Coordinator at Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, asked me if I was available to bring one of my stoves to RTPI on DEC 1 to roast marshmallows during their holiday open house! Now, of course I am excited, this is an honor. I said “Yes!” I have been to events to do this sort of thing before. Typically I must pay to be at an event, which is understandable, because I am promoting my business, even if I am offering something to the guests. SOMETIMES, I get lucky and am invited to (or allowed at) events for free.

BUT, THEN…. Melanie asked me, “and what do you charge?”

I have never been asked how much I charge for the supplemental service I offer for people. Kids can roast marshmallows, folks can get a hot drink, and I never charge. The thought has crossed my mind, to advertise this as a paid service, but, I didn’t take that thought very seriously… until now.

I consider this to be a milestone. This is the first paid gig for Paul’s Rocket Stoves. Now, not only does Paul’s Rocket Stoves offer a product, but now officially also offers a service. A sort of unconventional catering service that includes a sort of entertaining and educational aspect via narrated demonstration. Kids and adults can safely get more engaged and have a more memorable experience at your event!

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Above photograph of Oliver roasting marshmallows is credited to Brendan Halbohm, owner of MADE Custom Media.

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The photograph of the institute is taken from Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History Facebook Page and credited to Alex Shipherd Photography.

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