Starting Your Own Beekeeping
Starting a beekeeping business
may sound exciting and fun, but in all reality it's a lot of work and is time consuming. Most people who are
beekeeper's are actually doing it 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 one is when you're trying to make a living
Beekeeping 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 how fast you can produce a single product.
You will learn that beekeeping
is not as easy as other businesses because there is only a certain time of the year that you can get honey from
your beehives. In today's business environment if you don't have a 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 web
Most of the companies today are
commercialized because the small businesses today are just not equipped to handle the mass production of honey and
small businesses won't make a lot of money. When selling honey you are paid by the pound and the average amount
after weighing the whole seasons production isn't a whole lot. Commercial beekeeper's average a couple thousand
pounds, but farmers have to really push production if they want to average at least 15-30 pounds of honey a
Selling honey and producing
beeswax products are tough on the average everyday beekeeper, since the beekeeping industry doesn't function as a
co-op like many organic farmers do in this day and age 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.
Sub-contracting may find and
dandy, but you are also competing for these sub-contracts with other small businesses and the high risk is that you
can lose your contracts if the companies who hire you aren't happy with something such as the quality of the
product. That's why this is a risky 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 a beekeeper bases their financial output by how much they
anticipate to make on a seasonal basis.
Beekeeper's almost have to base
their financial gain through good weather and the harvesting season with the market demand, but you can't always
predict good weather, which is what many beekeeper's worry about. They have more to worry about than crop farmers
since they can make up the differences when they get rain and lower climate suitable to the food they're growing.
Beekeeping is dependent on the activity of the honeybees 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 a lot of time invested into making this work for the long run.