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!


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

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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