FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - One local woman had it with the grueling commute and her exhausting schedule at a downtown law firm. She quit, and found fortune and happiness beyond her wildest imaginings.
Instead of the five-hour commute from Fredericksburg to D.C. and back, it's just an occasional road trip for Catherine Finkelman, traded her sixty-hour-a-week job at a law firm for hauling merchandise.
"I am the luckiest girl in the world," said Finkelman, who runs Slumber Parties by Catherine. "I get to do a job that I love. And still make a significant income more than I made at the day job. "
She did it by deciding to sell a recession-proof product to women: excitement. The kind you usually find only in the bedroom.
"Romance is recession-proof, right?" she said. "Um, everyone wants to spice things up in their relationship."
She got a franchise with an international distributor and created Slumber Parties by Catherine. Like Tupperware parties, but she sells romance enhancers. After just four years, Finkelman has hundreds of women working for her. She's raking in a six-figure salary and ranked as one of the best individual sellers of sex toys in the world.
"Girls, my name is Catherine and I'm your romance enhancement specialist for the evening," she said, introducing herself to a gathering.
While Finkelman touts her products. It's her method of selling which sets her apart. I includes a high-energy comedic pitch. While she is all smiles, it is serious work.
"Where do you normally go to buy this stuff? " Finkelman asked, rhetorically. "Dirty book store and there is the creepy old dude in the corner going, 'Ha, ha, ha.' And you're like, 'Oh god. I just became part of his fantasies.' "
"I don't make excuses, ever. I if I say I'm going to do something, I do it. I run my business very seriously," she said. "I have never treated it as a hobby."
While Finkelman says she is well on her way to becoming a millionaire, she has no plans to retire. She says it sure beats being a paralegal.