Where to start? Feedback needed!
I would like to create an online store. This business would sell honey and items made from bee's wax such as candles, bees wax wraps, and soaps. Products would be made from wax and honey that have been extracted from hives owned by us. It would also be a place for other beekeepers to purchase bee keeping supplies such as protective suits and gloves, hive tools, hives, and bee packages. There will also be a physical store front that will provide the same products plus a “rent a hive” service where the customer can rent a beehive that an employee will set up on the customers property and do regular maintenance. The target market for this specific service would be farmers who would like to have more pollinators for their crops but do not have the time to provide the maintenance a beehive needs. Customers will be able to register for classes in person or online to learn the benefits of keeping bees on their property and bee keeping skills such as how to set up a hive, how to extract honey, and beehive maintenance.
What should my first steps be?
Any and all advice is welcomed!
A good place to start would be to look at your local regulations for been keeping. Not all towns/cities allow bees to be kept in their limits!