You sell a jar of honey and you are a commercial beekeeper. Question is: Are you looking to do it part time or full time?
See how things go? Make a plan, have someone review it and stick to it.... and then revise as needed. Best advice I can give is to do what fits with your location and not with what works in Michigan or California. Find that answer and you will be on the road to success.well if i was to get started it would be part time to see how things go.
In my first season working for a commercial in CFL. Ummm yeah...No sane person would do this by choice.
If you are willing to invest 30 or 40 years of your life on this plus a half a million or more on wood that rots and forklifts that break down then a year's stint at 3 or 4 different outfits would be a wise move. Remember that a hive tool has two sides. Make sure at least 50% of the time is spent on the business side of one.... Kissing up to the landlords, Deciding how to delve out the last penny you have to your name, dealing with help that doesn't realize that if the semi doesn't get loaded then the check still gets written to the driver for standby time and that that means the bonus money for the year is about to evaporate if they go home "early."IWorking for a commercial Beekeeper for a season will give you all the experience you need to know if it's something that you want or not.
If you are simply curious and don't really have any intention of doing so yourself there are Threads you could search and books you could read about what it's like being a Commercial Beekeeper, such as The Beekeepers Lament. That book is an eye opener for anyone giving commercial beekeeping serious thought.