Full Time Beekeeping Business
A lot of beekeeper's in the world are beekeeping rookies and raise honeybees as a hobby rather than turning it into a full-time business. Beekeeping may turn into a very profitable operation. During the normal beekeeping season you could achieve a profit over expenses of up to or over 100% by selling your honey or renting out your honeybees for pollination to farmers.
Beekeeping doesn't require acres of land or a lot of time to operate a beekeeping business. This allows everyday people to start a hobby as a beekeeper without a lot of money or time commitments other than harvesting your honey when the time is right.
Four square feet of land is minimum requirements to have a beehive and a small plot of twenty square feet could accommodate anywhere from 20 to 40 beehives. No strenuous labor is required to operate as a beekeeper. In fact about six months of the year there is very little to do except to just keep an eye on your beehives. For the rest of the year probably about thirty minutes a week would be all you'd need to focus on one beehive. If you had twenty hives that's only about 10 hours of actual work a week on your hives.
Beekeeping is light work and allows you to spend your time outdoors. Raising bees will allow you to create a passive income or turn into a full-time business as you learn all the ropes of what it requires to be a beekeeper. There are many part-time beekeeper's that make anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 a year.
So just think how much money you could make if you wanted to be a full-time beekeeper operating your own beekeeping empire for a living. Of course you'd need to build up your beekeeping operation over a period of time, but even a few beehives starting out would allow you to make a little profit until you could expand and market your business.
My suggestion if you start beekeeping as a hobby with the intention to turn it into a full-time business is to start writing a business plan. Another important aspect of beekeeping is to market your honey. I'd check with local resources in your town to find out potential markets for your honey. Also, a new trend in beekeeping is where beekeeper's rent out their bee colonies to farmers to pollinate their orchards and fruit trees.