Hi Christine, Beekeeping is a fun hobby and it can be used for business. You should get a book describing the hobby. These books will usually describe the time, effort, finance and even the equiptment used in the hobby. "BEEKEEPING, A Practical Guide" by Richard E. Bonney is the book I started with. There are many to chose from. You can try the library or get it online. I also joined the local beekeeping association and they hooked me up with a mentor. These are just a few suggestions.