How to Start Honey Bee Farm
Whilst its a fact that most honey bee farmers are amateurs, and keep bees as a hobby rather than a business. It is also true that beekeeping can be very profitable using modern methods. Just in one season it is quite possible to achieve a profit over costs of 100% or even more.
You also don't need large acres of land to start a honey bee farm, or physical strength. Making beekeeping a exciting hobby for almost anyone with an interest in the subject, and a love of the outdoors.
Four square feet of land is quite enough for a hive, and a small plot of twenty-five square feet could hold from 25 to 50 hives. You don't even need heavy labour. The first 5 to 6 months only a little is needed in your bee farm. And for the rest of the year probably a quarter of an hour a week would be all you'd need to spend on one stock (hive). Even with 12 hives that's only three hours "work" a week.
It's only light work as well, in the fresh air. There are even school children keeping bees and who contribute the income to their family. There are many so called "sideline" beekeepers making a profit of $20,000 from around 90 hives. Now this maybe what you are thinking. "That sounds like a lot of hives and work doesn't it".
Hey, most things require work of some sort, and as long as you are enjoying yourself then its all good. 90 hives would require you to spend less than 24 hours a week on them at the busiest time. Now just think how many hours a week you watch TV. Probably being thoroughly bored most of the time!
So just imagine how much money you could make if you wanted to be a full-time beekeeper, beekeeping for a living. Of course you'd need to build up slowly and steadily over a period of time, but even a few hives could make you a useful addition to your finances.
Let's work from the figures above as an example. 90 hives bringing in around $20,000. Now what about 12 hives. So we can say that should make you around $3,000. Of course you are only actually "working" with your hives for about three hours a week, which is about 6 months a year. Making a total of 72 hours actual beekeeping ("work"). Now by my reckoning that works out at over $40 per hour.
Now I don't know about you, but starting a honey bee farm is worth considering. And you can get started today by getting yourself a copy of by step by step beginners guide to beekeeping.....
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