I work half days.
One thing that I never see mentioned is the part about HARD PHYSICAL LABOR!
One of my design objectives of my outfit is having no employees.
I want to have as many hives as I can manage properly but not pay for labor.
This has penciled out very well, but often equals hard, hard work.
Do you enjoy hard physical labor?
You will be pulling honey supers all day long in the hot sun, day after day.
You will be lifting and setting aside 80# boxes to install medication and then lifting them back on. ALL DAY LONG. DAY AFTER DAY!
6 and 7 days most weeks during summer and fall.
Full time beekeeping, run lean & mean is very hard physical work.
Someone put it really well:
"When you start you own small business, the first thing you realize is that you now will be working half-days.....
......the trick therein, is deciding WHICH 12 hours of each day you want to work!!!"
I have exactly ONE hive more than you.
That makes my opinion beyond question.