beekeeper removing a brood frame from the hive

Tips Before Beginning a Business Making Honey

Honey-making is surely a profitable business venture, as you will be able to earn more while investing not much money on it. However, even though it is a relatively cheap business when it comes to investing, honey-making is actually an arduous process that involves constant inspection and protection, as you would have to take care of the bees and the hives that produce the honey while also having to protect yourself against bee stings.

If you feel intimidated because of the many steps of processes needed to have a successful honey-making business, don’t be, as you will achieve that by just being knowledgeable in several aspects of the business. What are those aspects? Those will be provided to you here as we give you several tips that you need to know before beginning a business making honey.

Know How to Raise Bees

The number one skill needed for starting a honey-making business is for the owner to have sufficient knowledge and experience in beekeeping because, in order to get honey, the owner must have to deal with raising bees properly first. Beekeeping is actually easy to learn but relatively difficult to execute, and although you can learn it on your own, it would be better if you enroll in a seminar or class in beekeeping before actually raising your own bees. In addition, you can also get some tips from other beekeepers by joining a local club that is usually created for professional beekeepers to help beginners.

Once you’ve known how to raise bees, you can buy empty hive boxes and packages of bees in beekeeping shops. Also, don’t forget to buy a queen bee after purchasing a hive and a package of bees, as you would need the queen to grow the colony’s population and give the bees a leader.

Buy the Right Beekeeping Equipment

Of course, you wouldn’t be able to raise bees and collect honey properly without the necessary equipment, which can easily be bought at your local beekeeping shop. The gear that you need is the smoker (calms the bees and keeps them away from the frame you are inspecting), a hive tool (used to inspect brood frames), and protective equipment like a beekeeper suit and veil that protects you against bee stings.

However, make sure that the equipment you are buying is good quality since you don’t want to buy a faulty piece of equipment that may damage the hive or may not provide 100% protection for you. You can make sure to buy good quality equipment by reading or watching reviews, or by letting other beekeepers recommend the right equipment for you.

Have an Annual Plan

The life cycle of bees would not repeat until spring season next year, as they would often do different actions and activities in each of the four seasons in the United States. So, in order for your bees to have a better life in their hive, it is recommended that you have an annual plan that starts in the spring season, as it is in that period where bees would allow themselves to be more comfortable in their environment and seek out food supply before the summer season, the busiest season of the year.

beekeeper inspecting a brood frame

The annual plan must include not only the bees’ activities for every season but also what you are going to do each month. During the spring season, you can buy more bees and hives, while in the summer season, you can get more honey but at the cost of frequent inspections that are performed at least once a week. In the fall season, you will have to keep predators and pests away from the bees, while in the winter, you will have to make sure that the temperature in the hive is warm enough for them to survive.

Learn About the Rules and Regulations of Beekeeping

Starting a honey-making business is not simple, as you would have to follow certain rules and regulations implemented by your town, city, or state about beekeeping. These rules and regulations are imposed on beekeepers so that the population of the bees in the area would not be overwhelming for the location’s ecology.

Make sure that you have read and understood the rules and regulations for beekeeping before starting a honey-making business, as you wouldn’t want to be fined or suspended for illegal actions, which could tarnish the reputation of your business.

Profits Won’t Come Immediately

Before starting the business, you must understand that profits for honey-making won’t come immediately, as you would need plenty of patience before you get the bees to produce more honey and knowledge to know how much honey you can produce in a single hive.

If you are a beginner at beekeeping, you would need at least a year to “learn the ropes” on how to raise bees since you would have to keep an eye on their movements in the four seasons. If you are successful in raising one hive, you can start the spring season next year with even more bees and hives, and the more of them you have in your yard, the more honey you will be able to produce and sell.