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Successful Homesteading, Issue # 36, Beekeeping as a Business
March 11, 2011

Issue #036, March 11, 2011

Beekeeping as a Business and
Leaving the Cubicle

This is the third in a series of articles on how you can earn a living off the land. This month's article discusses earning an income through beekeeping.

Beekeeping as a business is a fun and relaxing way to get out of the cubicle. There's something magical about working with bees and watching them pollinate your garden and orchard.

And while you might not be able to make a full-time salary keeping bees, you can certainly earn a respectable part-time income as well as having your own healthy source of local raw honey and beeswax. Here are some different ways to earn an income with your bees.

Sell Raw Honey and Beeswax

When thinking of beekeeping as a business, it's only natural to think of selling honey. And once you’ve kept bees for awhile, you’ll find that locally produced, raw honey is even easier to sell than fresh eggs.

Just mention that you keep bees, and many people you know will want to buy honey from you. Keep a top-bar beehive and you can sell in-comb honey, a rare treat that many people would be happy to purchase from you.

Start a Bee Removal Service

Once you have had practice catching a swarm or two, mention to friends, family members and neighbors that you would be happy to remove swarms from their homes. If you get a pest-control license, you can charge people to remove the bees from their property and then sell the honeybee swarms you capture to beekeepers.

Provide a Pollination Service

Because of Colony Collapse Disorder, the number of wild bees has virtually disappeared, making it even more crucial for farmers and orchard owners to rent bee hives from beekeepers during pollination season. Farmers in your area may be happy to borrow your bees for a few weeks, for a rental fee.

Once you start keeping bees, you'll find that beekeeping as a business is a very possible way to earn some extra cash while you pursue your goal of getting out of the cubicle and onto your homestead.

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And as always, happy homesteading!

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