Make Money From Beekeeping: There are several ways to earn money from beekeeping, Such as: selling local honey, bee wax, Lip balm, Candles, Soap, Tooth paste, Pollen, Pollination service, Swarm catching, beehive removal service and so on. All of these may or may not possible for you, but it is worth to know about. Learn in details about benefits and challenges of beekeeping, and how much money can a beekeeper make each year.
How To Make Money From Beekeeping?
01. Sale of honey
The main product of honey bee project is honey. So, the main revenue comes from local sale of honey and others as by-product. You can make lip balm, candles, tooth paste, soap etc. to use or sale. You have to learn how to make these products. Its price is usually more than the price of super market. It’s more reliable due to locally produce.
02. Rent to farmers or gardeners
If you have extra beehive you can rent to farmers or gardeners. You can get from $30 to $100 per beehive for few weeks of services. This service stars prior to pollination and continue to the end of pollination. This service is hired by farmers of blueberry, Apple, and Almond growers etc.
03. Make wax sheet
You can melt beeswax to make wax sheet to use as the base of frame. This helps the bees to make their hive easily and within a short time.
Also you can make candles, soap bar, leap balm, etc. for own use or for selling. Even some people are making tooth paste also. You can make some dolls, animals etc. from melted wax.
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04. Collect pollen and sell
If you have pollen collector then you can collect pollen from the bees and sell in jars as a health food.
05. Sell excess bees
You can sell excess bees as package @ US$ 60 to 70 for each 3 pound packet. Some beginners may want to buy complete box with bees @ $350 per box. Search them who need it. But for selling extra bees with box you need to buy extra beehive (box) which you can buy here: 10-Frame Traditional Complete Hive Kit, Painted Wood-Frames, 9-5/8-Inch by Mann Lake, Model HK170.
06. Catch swarm of bees
If you are able to catch swarm of bees then you can provide this service to others with some fees or collect them to build a new hive. Let the local people know your telephone number and call you while they need.
07. Beehive removing service
Beehive removing service is another great way to make money from beekeeping. You should be able to remove bees from walls, ceilings, trees, garage or any other places where the customers needed.
08. Raising, packaging and selling queen bee
You can make money with raising, packaging and selling queen bee. Make money with raising, packaging and selling queen bee. Sometimes beekeepers lost their queens for many reasons and want to buy them. For starting a new hive they also need queen bee.
09. Make Equipment to sell
If you have some good carpentry skills you can make beehive, brood chamber, super box, separator etc. and sell to other beekeepers.
10. Process raw honey from other beekeepers
Small beekeepers can’t buy processing machine due to its high price. But they can evaporate honey at home without any cost. If you feel hassle to do it yourself you can buy a power blanket which can cost $100. You can buy it from Mann Lake, Thorne, or Brushy Mountain Bee Farm or online from amazon: Powerblanket Lite, Model PBL05, 5-Gallon Insulated Pail Heater – Bucket Heater – capacity 5 Gallon = 19 Liter.
But if you already have a large scale processing machine, you can process raw honey from other beekeepers and charge a fee per Kg. Don’t charge more than your nearest Beekeepers. Check with them, or beekeeping association how much they are charging for each Kg of raw honey. You can earn a handsome amount in extra time after processing your own honey.
Remember, publicity can make your business well recognized and bring reputation for your business. Publicity is the words of mouth among friends and relatives that does not cost anything, but open a new door to earn money and expand your business.
Finally, always be truth and respect your commitment. Keep in mind that Goodwill is an intangible asset that can be sold at high price. That’s also valuable and help you to survive your business long time.
How Much Money Can A Beekeeper Make Each Year?
Here we assess the average value of each item. Typically a beehive of 8/10 frames can produce 50 Kg honey per year. So, if you have 100 boxes then you’ll get 5000 Kg or 5 Ton honey per year. Now raw honey can be sold $5 per Kg. So, you can get $25,000 as revenue if sold as raw honey.
If you process it and sale after packaging, you’ll get $10 or more per Kg. Production cost including other expenditure will not be more than 60%. Also you’ll get some revenue from other by-product and services as stated above. Now you can calculate roughly how much money can be earned from a farm of 100 beehives.
Remember, this above calculation is for 100 boxes. For fewer boxes profitability will tend to be downward and for more boxes upward.
If you are a hobbyist, you can enjoy it very well and spend your time with fun.
Beside the picture of yearly revenue, you must know the challenges; so that, you can try to overcome before this happening.
- Varroa mites, honeybee diseases, and Colony collapse disorder are big threats for beekeepers. You should know how to tackle these situations. Learn about Honey bee diseases and treatment including varroa mite.
- You must have a well organized business model and effective marketing plan to be succeed in this field. Try to be professional and prepared to face any challenges.
Resources of information
- National Honey Board
- American Honey Producers Association
- American Bee Journal
- Experience of my own beekeeping project