Home: Audubon, N.J.
Past life: Business-to- business sales, business and office forms.
Why pivot: An unsympathetic boss.
Reinvention: Direct-sales firm sells candles, home decor at home parties via PartyLite.
Also: Million Dollar Party Girl offering entrepreneurial advice, especially to women.
Tough spot: After nearing $1 million in sales, firm nearly collapsed when key salespeople left. "It wasn't just a pity party. It was my pity festival."
Insight: Family, friends may not back your dream "until you make money.
I told my hairdresser.