Re: Where's the $ in beekeeping?
I quit my day job in 1999. I provide niche services, better than most in my field. There are projects I won't tackle, that take too much heavy eqpt, that I think in the end will not be profitable, etc. And my present niche services (aquatics) are seasonal.
I have always gardened. I didn't get into bees to make money, which is good, because my first jar of honey will probably cost me more than $2000, thanks in part to fencing investments, and in part to my ignorance. But I can see where beekeeping, as another niche field, might fit very well into my life. And since I don't have a complaining spouse, it is all "my call". I take the long view. I am having so much fun learning, that by the time the honey shows up, it will be a pleasant surprise.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.