Re: Nuc/Bee business plan?
Actually I would have to agree with post #4, heeding it can avoid a lot of pain later. But also agree with post #6, a business plan is another issue, both have to be in tune.
I say this because over the years I've seen a lot of people start bees because they think it will be an easier option than their current business, they have the business skills down pat but never quite get in tune with the bees & it becomes a disaster, I have seen (and am still seeing in progress) some heart rending situations where people have their lives torn apart.
However if CWoods has already spent a year working for a commercial beekeeper he must surely have a reasonable understanding of bees.
Just how to go about it will depend on the climate & environment where it is done. My own little retirement bee business is based mainly on selling single deckers to the burgeoning Manuka honey industry, basically it's simple I just raise cells and split hard into 3 frame nucs that after the queen has mated get put in a single & have some package bees added. I just keep doing this all season & am able to sell hive numbers several multiples of the hive numbers I actually own.
However I'm in a perfect climate for this, warm, so weak splits can survive, no SHB, and long flows.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).