Re: I would like to be a Commercial Beekeeper
The heavy equipment side of the business is really down the road for you. If You do have a labor force that you have under your control, then moving, lifting and working the hives will not be an issue at this point. Now you need a business plan! I would first work your cost and monies structure. Like the guys said, this will determine how large and how fast you can afford to go. There are hundreds of Apiary Business Plans online, just google and you will find.
A good easy guesstimate is to structure your immediate needs, then wants. Breakdown your first year goals into real costs and write a short term plan based on your five year goals. A business plan will help keep you focused and on track. It will also help you if you need to borrow monies from a lender (be it a bank, family or friend). A plan will show that you are thinking things out, it will help you think ahead and will help you recognize weak areas.
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
Best Regards to Your Success!
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