For some people beekeeping is just a hobby that they enjoy. For others, it is more of a business. An investment is required for the hives, the bees and the honey extractor among other things. You can simply hang a shingle in your yard and offer honey for sale. Or, you can be more proactive in getting business to make more money.
Sell the honey. Go beyond just selling the regular honey that you remove from the hive. Make whipped honey, honey butter and flavoured honeys as well.
Sell special honey containers along with your honey. Sell most of your honey in the traditional honey bear, but you can also make available ceramic honey keepers that people can leave sitting on their counters at home.
Use the honey comb as a selling point. Cut pieces of the comb before extracting the honey and place these in clear, glass jars. Many people like the look of the honey comb.
Make up gift baskets. Combine some of the items and honey you have for sale and place them in a cellophane wrapped gift basket. (Honey, tea bags and a tea cup is just one idea for a gift basket.)
Use the beeswax to make candles. Roll up the wax cells or melt the wax and dip the wicks. Use the wax to make speciality lip balms and hand lotions.
Advertise online by setting up your own website where people can order your honey. Make your honey special by telling what kind it is, such as clover, and by offering speciality flavours. Keep your prices competitive, but offer repeat customers a deal once in a while.
Set up at local arts and crafts type fairs, especially around the holidays. Make up several gift baskets to encourage people to buy more than just the honey. Try making some honey-flavoured candy, which is a good impulse item for the kids to buy.
Rent out your hives during the spring as many farmers look for ways to help pollinate their crops. Take one or more of your hives to their farm land and place them in different locations for best results in pollination. Expect repeat business if all goes well from one year to the next.
Check with your local government about whether it is necessary for you to get a business license. This may depend on how you sell your honey and how much money you make from it.
Tips and warnings
- Check with your local government about whether it is necessary for you to get a business license. This may depend on how you sell your honey and how much money you make from it.