Easy way is to buy a business, tho there is a good reason there is so many up for sale at the moment.How easy is it to get started in the industry?
I have my level 3 certificate in apiculture.
I am starting on level 4 apiculture, and level 4 queen raising in September.
Thanks for any advice.
The answer is not NOOO to an offer of a business, the answer is seek advice to see if it is a value proposition for you.Only safe way to enter the industry at this time is to get a job with a beekeeper. Starting your own business at this time is extremely high risk and I mean extremely. There are guys who have been successful beekeepers for many years going broke right now. If you get a job with someone you learn a lot, and the most you can lose if they fold is a few weeks pay.
If someone offers you a partnership or some other form of financial investment, answer NOOOO
yeah i've heard that one a few times and seen it not work.The answer is not NOOO to an offer of a business, the answer is seek advice to see if it is a value proposition for you.
There is opportunity if you know how to put it together.
I can buy hives cheaper than brokering them in for pollination at the moment so an opportunity if I were wanting to take it.
But every decision comes with its own curses and rewards and you got to be prepared for it.
The answer is not NOOO to an offer of a business, the answer is seek advice to see if it is a value proposition for you.
as above.What is the reason for the decline in the beekeeping industry?
+1@Anaru the advice to seek employment in the industry before starting your own business is good advice. if you can get someone who is a fair and honest employer who will teach you the stuff you don’t learn from books, you’ll find out if it’s really your passion. Ask around don’t just take the job, find out about their operation. There’s not too many beekeepers in it for the money at the moment! That’s if you get any.
Do your apprenticeship first and then build up without borrowing a little at a time. A word of advice is to buy new gear. If it looks like a bargain, it probably isn’t.
The bees will thank you later on, learn and make mistake so you’re ready when things are more stable. Right now it’s not the time.
We run a lean operation with no staff, just family and a couple of reliable old 4x4s. No shiny stuff, just graft and long hours, and we’re hanging in there for the passion & the bees.
Very true. While I also would recommend to work for a beekeeper first and find out if one can do it. That's the safer option. But it depends on the person, if you like risk, do the math and the work and sweat for it, the time to buy in is when the price is down.Rules of engagement for business has always been…’Buy low…. Work hard…. ‘And prepare to be surprised.
The first reason was this govt meddling, putting in a Manuka definition that would take a ~$300m industry to $1bn, instead it's gone backwards.What is the reason for the decline in the beekeeping industry?
manuka simply has not been selling. probably compounded by beeks who sat on it rather than sell for lower dollars and now can't get rid of it at all.From what I hear , hive prices in NZ are at rock bottom.
When I read an email from Airborne talking oversupply and a price drop of 12% …. Some one is pulling someone’s chain.
no point if your just going to go broke straight away. you might as well just be a hobbyist and do some other job.My advice to young fellah is that if yer heart is set and you are keen … give her a go.
interesting way to look at it.The first reason was this govt meddling, putting in a Manuka definition that would take a ~$300m industry to $1bn, instead it's gone backwards.
Nothing wrong with the the advuce Ali…Why?
Is there some problem with the advice that has been offered thus far? Seems very good advice to me, and with a number of solutions offered. (scratches head).