Dame Mary Perkins on balancing work and family [Video]

Get help within the house, says the entrepreneur

Dame Mary Perkins says that while she “wasn’t aware of struggles”, looking back she thinks: “how on earth did I do that?”

One of the biggest “struggles” as a woman as balancing you work life with family life – Perkins recalls: “as soon as I qualified, I got married and nine months later I had my first child, a year later had my second child”.

She explains that as a business owner “it’s something you just have to get on with and do” if you want to “build up a good customer database and move on and open more shops and open more opticians practices”.

Luckily, she was in a “position to be able to do that” and “get help within the house”. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur you have to be ready to sacrifice family time.


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