How to Make Money with Beekeeping

As the concern for bee populations rises, so does the popularity of beekeeping. While many beekeepers pick up the hobby out of passion and interest rather than income, it can still offer a lucrative revenue. For anyone wanting to learn how to make money with beekeeping, we provide some ways you can turn your hobby into a profitable business.

Selling Honey

When you think of beekeeping, you probably think of honey. Selling honey is by far the most common way to make money as a beekeeper. Once you have a healthy and thriving beehive, the production cost of packaging and distributing honey is relatively low. With more and more people shopping for natural and local foods, there’s a large demand for locally made honey.

Other Bee Products

When it comes to how to make money with beekeeping, honey isn’t the only product you can sell. Many beekeepers collect the beeswax from their hives and use it to make candles, soap, lip balms, and other goods. You can also collect pollen from your bees. While you won’t get as much pollen as you will honey, you can sell it at a higher price due to its popularity as a dietary supplement. Another option is to gather and sell propolis—the sticky substance bees produce to maintain and disinfect their hive. Propolis is also in high demand because people use it to help treat sores or boost the immune system.

Other Services

Experienced beekeepers might make money through services as well as products. Some farmers pay beekeepers to temporarily relocate their hives near their crops to pollinate them and help them grow. Other beekeepers might offer swarm removal services to capture and relocate bee swarms. You can also make money by raising and selling starter hives or replacement bees for other beekeepers.

Has the buzz gotten to you? If you’re ready to make beekeeping your new side hustle, set yourself up for success with our bee starter kit. With enough effort, patience, and passion, you can make beekeeping into a rewarding business.

13 thoughts on “How to Make Money with Beekeeping

  1. Richard Kituli

    I require all beekeeping lessons/information

  2. Carl Burge

    Thinking of buying a beehive do I need to go on a course

  3. Mila

    More information please.

  4. Lee Scott

    I’m interested in beekeeping and looking for ideas in the hobby paying for its self

  5. Ron Mcconnell

    Planning on owning a few acres in South Mo. Interested in bee hives. But not sure to what degree I want to go with. I have a lot to learn. I am interested in any information I can receive.

    1. Krista

      Hi Ron,

      Glad you’re interested in keeping bees! If you’re just starting out, I would suggest joining a local beekeeping club. They are a treasure trove of information and would be able to provide you with a local perspective of beekeeping. I would also suggest reading up on beekeeping and following our blog. A great starter book is, “The Backyard Beekeeper,” by Kim Flottum. It can be found here:

      Thank you and good luck in all your beekeeping adventures!

  6. Ros Zeuschner

    We have 4 acres & were wondering if there is a market for someone to lease part of our land for their own bees?

  7. Raquel Franklin

    I want to start being a beekeeper. I support all beekeepers with purchase of their product but I love bees so much I think I’m ready to be one myself

    1. Krista

      Hi Raquel,

      Thanks for reading the blog! Taking the leap to beekeeper is a rewarding adventure and totally worth it! My suggestion would be to join a local beekeeping club. They have treasure troves of information in regards to beekeeping in your area. Also, don’t stop learning and continue reading the blog! Thank you and good luck in all your beekeeping adventures!

  8. Ashlyn Dvorak

    More information please!!!

  9. Pindile Monamodi

    I have a tree in my yard that has bees I need to know how to use the bees for honey. Please give me infor6as per how to go about.

  10. Shermon Simpson

    New to this & would like to apply myself to something alive and new

  11. Jonathan Dauda