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5 min 44 sec

Show Me the Honey: Houston Beekeeper Buzzes to $4,000/Month

In this buzzworthy episode, a Texas woman creates a $4,000/month side hustle as an advocate for sustainable honeybee habitats.
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What It's About

A woman in Houston educates the community about beekeeping and brings in an extra $4,000/month.

Business Model
Service
Skills Required
Beekeeping & Communication
Complexity
Medium
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

Through her job as a cheesemonger, Nicole had seen customers turn up their nose at honey varietals that just weren’t local enough. She also knew local beekeepers that were giving their honey away because they didn’t know how to market it, so she started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign called Bee2Bee Honey Collective.

Her mission: to provide a healthy, sustainable habitat for honeybees and promote urban beekeeping and education.

Fun Fact

Nicole is quick to point out that it’s not all eating cheese and honey—though that would be awesome—as she also has to do accounting, scheduling, and then there’s always the real risk of being stung by the very population she’s trying to serve.

Still, she loves being able to go outside each day to do something for the environment while creating opportunities for new beekeepers and raising interest in protecting the local honeybee population.

Notes from Chris

Episode 104

The city of Houston, Texas, America’s fourth largest city, is known for Beyoncé, NASA's Johnson Space Center, and a lot of large trucks and automobiles... but until recently it was not known as a thriving hub bees. In fact, there was no beekeeping service anywhere in the city, and this was a real crisis.

Nicole, our featured story hero of the day, discovered beekeeping through her job as a cheesemonger and had seen customers turn up their nose at honey varietals simply because they weren’t local enough. She also knew local beekeepers that were practically giving their honey away because they didn’t know how to market it, so she started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign called Bee2Bee Honey Collective.

Her mission: to provide a healthy, sustainable habitat for honeybees and promote urban beekeeping and education by launching beekeeping services in Houston.

In addition to being a much-needed resource for the bee population in Houston, Nicole has also been able to bring in an additional $4,000/month which has allowed her an opportunity to pursue other projects because one side hustle is not enough for multipotentialites like Nicole.

Are you still searching for your side hustle hive? Don't spend your days bumbling about... get to work!

MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Bee2Bee Honey Collective: See what all the buzz is about by visiting Nicole's website to see how you can become a beekeeper yourself!
  • Indiegogo: The crowdfunding website Nicole used to help launch Bee2Bee Honey Collective
SEE ALSO:

  • Puttylike: A website for fellow multipotentialites run by Emelie Wapnick
  • GloyBee: Looking to start your own apiary? Here's a resource to help get you started no matter your location
  • The Live Cricket Drop-Shipping Hustle: Yep, it’s true: a Pennsylvania man makes $700+ a month drop-shipping live crickets to reptile owners across the country.
  • Worm Composting Empire Brings in $400/Month: Texas man stumbles upon a worm composting method that turns into an interesting hobby and a fun side hustle. Don’t let your hustle idea wiggle away!
Inspiration is good; inspiration combined with action is better. Now get back to work!

Yours in the revolution,

Chris Guillebeau

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Quote of the Day
"I love being able to go outside each day and do something for the environment while raising interest in protecting our local honeybee population. It’s all part of being a beekeeper!"
—Nicole Buergers #SideHustleSchool

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