How to Start a Beekeeping Business
The thought of starting a business keeping bees may sound exciting, but in all reality it's a lot of work and is time consuming. A lot of people do this as a hobby. Having a hobby and a livelihood are two entirely different areas since one is something you invest time and in some cases money and the other when you want to make a living raising bees is like farming you have to stay on top of the market demands and be technologically savvy because much of the business is going to depend on the rate in which you produce your product.
Yet this is where you're going to learn that beekeeping isn't even like that because if you expect to make a profit you would have had to have been in the business for a long time and keeping track of the market demands. In today's world, if you don't own a business website consider yourself a fossil in the area of business because that's your only link to the rest of the world by having a website or even a page.
Companies these days are commercialized because small businesses today can't produce mass productions of honey and small businesses don't make a lot because you are paid by the pound you produce and the average amount after weighing the whole season isn't a whole lot. The commercial beekeepers produce a couple thousand pounds on average, but farmers have to really push production if they want to average at least $15-30 a year.
Selling honey is competitive and producing beeswax products since the beekeeping industry doesn't function as a co-op like many organic farmers do these days where they work together beekeeping is sub-contract work and many of these small businesses are sub-contracted by these major corporations to produce honey under their label and their food line.
To be in a sub-contract may sound great, but you are also competing for these contracts as well with other small businesses and you may lose your contract if some how these companies aren't really happy with something for whatever reason it could be the quality you produce. this is why this maybe a risk of a business to get into because you never know what the outcome is and how the market will fair during the season since this is what bee keepers base their financial output by which is how much they anticipate to make on a seasonal basis.
Good weather is the base for a beekeeper financial gain and market demand seasons, but good weather can't be predicted, which is what many worry about. They have more to worry about than crop farmers since they can make the difference when they get rain and lower climate suitable to the food they're growing.
The activity of bees drives beekeeping and how well they produce honey since bees produce in certain climates and temperatures. If you're expecting to thrive in this business understand that it's a lot of work and lot's of time needs to be invested for this business to be successful.
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