Starting Beekeeping Business
So you are ready to start a business raising bees? Do you love beekeeping and are willing to take it to a new level? It can be a bit tricky starting a beekeeping business, but having persistence, you can make it work for you.
Starting a beekeeping business may be right or wrong for you depending on what results you are expecting and your objectives. One thing for sure is that it is a business that requires less investment, but it is a business that requires dedication, commitment, and the desire to learn. Most of the people who are beekeepers do it as a hobby, and yes they make money, but they see it as a second income.
Beekeeping is similar to animal husbandry or agricultural business. You always have to be up to date with technology and trends. You need to know what the market is requiring at the moment.
Beekeeping goes back as far as the 13th century B.C, when it was an art developed by the ancient Egyptians. But it was John Harbison who introduced beekeeping in the United States, and introduced modern techniques, plus the products, but it was Langston that showed the different nutritional benefits from bee products. As a beekeeper it is wise to know the history of honey bees, the history of beekeeping, and new modern procedures which improve the art.
In essence, if you want to become a beekeeper then this art needs to become your second nature, and you will need to learn everything you can about bees. Your quest and search for beekeeping knowledge should never stop as there is SO much to learn and attain.
Once you have made your decision on starting beekeeping as a hobby, or a small business, then decide on the required equipment.
The first thing you will need to think about is the type of hive you will use. This can depend on a lot of factors like, how much time you are going to dedicate to maintaining the hive, the amount of honey you want the bees to produce, how much money you have to spend, and your location.
To get a better idea of what you will need, you should talk to other beekeepers. Study up on different types of hives and what they are made of, and how much they cost. Don't base your decision on cost alone. You want well made, quality bee hives.
Once you have made your decision on the type of hive you need then you need to read up and learn about the types of bees and decide on what quantity, and type you want to purchase, or whether you want to harvest a swarm or not. What you will decide, will be based on your knowledge, and how much time and money you are willing to invest.
One thing is clear, the more you as a beekeeper knows about biology and entomology the better beekeeper you will be, and the better business you will have. Get started in successful beekeeping by getting yourself a copy of my step by step beginners guide to beekeeping and invest in your new hobby.....
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