Hi, Last year I started a home baking business following the new cottage laws in my area. I've started slowly by myself with occasional help from friends and family at busy times. This is a part-time business that continues to grow. I enjoy working out of my home, working as needed, when needed. I'm very comfortable with the way things are progressing and enjoy what I do. I have invested a lot of money in supplies and now have a large range of tools for my work.
Recently I have encountered a problem. I have two different family members that have approached me about wanting to partner with me. Neither is currently in the baking business for themselves. The problem is, I don't really want to partner with anyone at this time. I have the resources/finances I need. I already purchased everything to run my business, have the kitchen and storage space, a new double oven, took training; I'm pretty well set up. The only thing I need on occasion is some help with labor. I can hire out for labor. So, what do I say to the family members who are wanting to "partner" with me without hurting their feelings?