Re: Where's the $ in beekeeping?
Starting and operating any small business is never as easy as working a straight job. Doesn't matter if it is electronics repair (I know of 2 shops, known these people 20 years), I run an aquatics business, I have set up websites for many small businesses in DFW before I went off into aquatics because I didn't want to "invest the time" to learn java. I hate programming languages...
If you start a small business and expect it to be viable, you'd best be doing work you love and are emotionally committed to, because it is going to eat the rest of your life for lunch for at least the first 5 years. And seasonally, my poor little grandson with the fall birthday came to see me the week before, because in spring and fall, my business owns me. That's how I get those lovely vacation periods in the deep summer and deep winter. I've been in business 12 years. Scheduled dinner times don't fly, I work til the job is done, or dark, and often the job is done after dark.
Beekeeping is perhaps more vulnerable to the weather and environmental factors than fishkeeping, but not by much. So I am used to the ups and downs. But I can promise, I'm spoiled. I will never spend all day sitting at the farmer's market to sell 2 jars of honey. No matter how many hives I end up with. In my field, I average about 25 an hour if I include drive time in hours. And that is my line, if I'm not doing it for fun, that's what I expect to earn. Right now I'm beekeeping for fun.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.