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    Default I'm going to overcome my morbid fear of bees and become a beekeeper

    Beekeeping can be good money if you diligently and consistently attend to the hives' needs for 10 years or so. 1 hive costs 250 bucks, it costs 100 bucks to maintain a hive over a season, and you can pull in 500 bucks gross profit per season per hive starting season 2 (You only get 350 bucks gross profit the first year, since you need to keep honey in there while they winter the first time, but they make more every year after that). Ultimately, I'd like 1,000 hives, and to buy out all the competitors around here. There is one big competitor and 4-5 smaller ones in the are just a couple years ahead of me.

    People look at me when I mention beekeeping since I've always flinched around bees, but I'll be in a suit, so I'll get used to it. I like the bees because it is a simple business model. You can't fuck it up.
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    Go for it!. Its nice to see you now have a solid and firm path to the future now.
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    Manuka honey costs a fortune; if you can find bees that make this type of honey, you can undercut the Kiwis and Aussis.
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    Awesome, go for it! I have full faith in you, you brave young soldier you!
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    Sounds like a cool job. Can I ask what sort of work schedule it entails? I.E. average daily hours worked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anaximander View Post
    Sounds like a cool job. Can I ask what sort of work schedule it entails? I.E. average daily hours worked?
    45 minutes per hive per week
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wailing Specter View Post
    45 minutes per hive per week
    I think you'll find honey bees are a fairly docile and gentle animal. I think a lot of people's fears stem from association with similar animals such as wasps, hornets, and the dreaded killer bees.

    If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and love your work, then I think this could pan out for you. And you'll get to be out in the open fresh air. If it really takes off then you can probably hire help so you won't need to put as much time into the actual beekeeping aspect of the business.

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    Go for it. You sound like you've done some research on the subject and know what you're talking about.
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    I think it's a good idea. A farm down the road from me did just that and I (along with a lot of people) buy honey from them. They sell by word of mouth and at the local food co-op so no big overhead or marketing. I think they strain out the big chunks but otherwise it's raw right from the comb honey.
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    Ok but there are things that can go wrong with this that you might need to factor into your profit margin estimates... e.g if you get a particularly aggressive hive you may have to kill the queen and start from scratch. It's not as simple as buy a hive and get rich with time. Sorry to burst your bubble.
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