I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF A MENTOR !!!!!!!!!
I currently own & operate a store front cake/cupcake business. When I opened 2 1/2 years ago there was ONLY one other cake/cupcake shop in the area. Two months after I opened, THREE other shops opened literally within two miles of each other. Originally, I opened fully aware that my location wasn't the best but because I only had one other competitor I figured it would be a great start, especially since I started without any loans or debt. I was proud of my small but quaint shop. But not so long after opening the 3 other shops that have popped up are in far better locations therefore they are able to charge more money although my work is comparable and in most cases superior to theirs.
I have put in the allotted 16+ hour days here but have watched my competitors gain more customers, notoriety and to my chagrin even cupcake trucks meanwhile, I have been a jack of all trades trying to keep my business a float. ( I have been so busy with my business I haven't posted any new pictures on cake central in years, if you inbox me I can provide my website to verify my skill level ) My question is with my lease about to end should I concede to the not so competition or forge ahead and hope that eventually I will get the traffic necessary to advertise and ultimately grow my business. All advice is welcome, but please private message me if you are a serious prospective mentor
Thanks in advance