Monday, July 30, 2012

How I Make That Money, Honey

Have you ever wondered what I do for a living? Well, today you get to find out. I'm linking up with Lindsey for How I Make That Money, Honey!

If you follow me on Instagram [@chelseasunset] or saw my post last month after my work trip, you probably know that at least something that I do deals with fire trucks. Some of you may even think I'm a firefighter! I can guarantee that's not the case because I'm terrified of even the smallest fire - think birthday candle flames.

My company sells and services fire trucks and other emergency apparatus and equipment, including some pretty cool things for government agencies. But hey, we won't get into that. And no, you cannot just walk into the office and buy a fire truck. [I'm still not sure why people think that's how it works, ha.]

Now you probably want to know what I do for this company. Am I in there repairing broken sirens and stretchers? Am I selling these fire trucks? Negative.
We are a smaller company so I get to wear a variety of hats. My main focus is on marketing - helping to prepare details for the trade shows our company attends, creating ads and other marketing literature, coordinating apparel, etc.
Lately, I have also been helping with some HR business and arranging travel.

It's an interesting industry to be in. Very different from the corporate work environment I was used to.

Most days, I work out of my office but on other days... my office might look like this:

Now, for a little background. I went to college, majoring in Communications with the hopes of getting into event planning. I worked for two different companies doing event coordinating and then decided I wanted to try something with a little more marketing as well which is what led me to this position.

And no, event planning isn't just "fun." Don't get me wrong, it has its perks. I had the opportunity to work some very unique and special events and taking home beautiful [and expensive] chocolate cakes was not an uncommon thing. It was quite dangerous for this sweet tooth of mine.

But there were also the times of working 10 days straight, for over 13 hours a day.
Somehow, I lived for those times. There is just something so gratifying about working your tush off and running around like a crazy lady to make the event a success.

We'll see where the future takes me and what opportunities will arise next.
I like how with each position we hold, we can take some things away and leave the rest. Plus, jobs are great ways to learn more about yourself, your strengths, and your passions :)


Rissy said...

your job seems very cool! I mean how many people can say they are in the fire truck industry? lol

I too am interested in event planning, but I know it can be really stressful. Isn't it great to be young and still able to chase all these different dreams?


Aimee L said...

Any job that has expensive chocolate cake as a regular perk is an awesome one, in my book!

Event planning would be so much fun, but I gotta admit - I love the "normal" 8-5 work schedule and I'm not sure I would want to give up my weekends!!

But if it's your dream job, I am sure you will make it happen!! :)

Holly said...

Your job sounds like fun! Firetrucks are cool :) It sounds like there is something different everyday and getting to wear a variety of hats makes keeps it interesting I imagine :)

Sarah said...

Sounds like you have a pretty fun job! I work for a media agency but I've always wondered if I could do event planning. Like you said, I think it definitely has its perks, but I love my nights and weekends :)

Brooke said...

Your job is unique and really cool to read about! Cool firetruck pictures too.

Hey, I host a weekly instagram/camera phone link-up on my blog, just in case you have 20 seconds and want to add this link to the party!


Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

Oooh that's neat! Very different. I love the name of your blog too, by the way.

Lindsey said...

I was totally expecting to read all about event planning but I see things have changed!! HOW INTERESTING! I love that you sell firetrucks. I mean, how many people can say they do that? And there are a ton of hot firemen around you I hope? If not, figure out a way to make that happen.

Def yay for Comm majors! I can't imagine being in any other industry.

Nicholl Vincent said...

you are so right! every job, you discover something new about yourself.

come say hello at and have a great day!

Jamie said...

Such a great way of thinking about working- that each position helps you learn and grow. Very cool.

Kim @ said...

please tell me you get to interact with firemen on the reg? lol!

and nothing sounds more stressful to me than event planning! in fact, if/when i get married im definitely doing a destination wedding bc the idea of planning a wedding is my personal hell!!

Katie Price said...

Well said! I agree that each job I've had has suited my personality in different ways & has helped me grow differently.

And there is something to be said for routine, and steady work hours :)

The Preppy Student said...

events can be so stressful! Im sure its also fun but a lot of hard work. I think working in communications sounds fun! I am your newest follower. I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow The Preppy Student. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog! Have a happy Monday:)

Aimee said...

I found you from the hop! Your job seems like lots of fun and definitely out of the ordinary. I do think it's pretty cool though that you get to do so many different things at your job so it isn't just one thing all the time. I used to want to be a wedding planner when I was younger, what a stressful job! Have a good day!

Shannon Stinson said...

When I owned my wedding & event business in Orlando, nothing made me happier than the "day of." Everything leading up to it was so slow, then the day came to execute and make it awesome and I would always take a step back and marvel at what I had helped put together. Sometimes I miss that, but something just wasn't 100% right about it for me. I think a lot of it had to do with me having to "boss" older industry folks around and them not taking to it too well.

katmcd said...

My dad used to sell fire safety equipment too. Small world. Thanks for sharing!

Meg {henninglove} said...

man i was hoping you would be able to give me a discount if i bought a firetruck through your company ;-)

Ashley said...

oh my gosh that is so niche and so fun!! that is definitely a career almost no one has! i wanted to do event planning too but gave it up after i realized all my saturdays would be gone!

Kristen said...

your job seems pretty neat! party planning seems like so much fun, but so much work...esp nights/weekends.

Royar said...

My Dad is a retired firefighter and now works in the fire safety industry! What a small world! That seems like a pretty cool job! XO