Many people are looking for ways to ditch the commutes, stress, grind, cube farm life and endless meetings of the corporate world. We would rather develop intentional, self-sufficient and sustainable lives. Even though we want to be more self-sufficient, the reality is that we need to have money to pay the bills and squirrel money away for a rainy day. Starting your own small business is one way to escape the corporate world. I recently had Michael Jordan from A Bee Friendly Company on Small Scale Life to discuss the various business opportunities with beekeeping. As I learned in this conversation, beekeeping is a billion dollar business if done right!
Who is Michael Jordan? Michael is a husband, father, teacher, bee whisperer and entrepreneur, and he is a MVP of beekeeping and award-winning mead maker. To find out more about Michael Jordan and how he got into mead and beekeeping, check out the following Small Scale Life episodes:
- Michael Jordan’s Beekeeping Journey – Small Scale Life Season 2, Episode 16
- Michael Jordan: Beekeeping Questions and Answers – Small Scale Life Season 2 Episode 18
Watch the episode here (special thanks to my friend Todd Ehrhardt at Life’s Adventure Film for the cool logo at the start of this video):
Billion Dollar Show Topics
In this episode, Michael Jordan and I discuss the following topics:
- Basic Beekeeping Costs and Revenue
- Getting Started
- Developing Skills
- Selling Packages
- Honey Co-Ops
- Thinking Bigger
- Farmer’s Markets
- Granola Companies
- Other Business Ideas
- Using Resources Wisely
Michael Jordan’s Links
Michael Jordan is a bee whisperer, mead-maker extraordinaire and a great teacher. If you want to learn more about beekeeping and mead-making, check out the following links:
- Permaethos Class on Beekeeping
- A Bee Friendly Company Facebook Page
- The Undergound Meadery Facebook Page – Must be over 21 years old
- Michael Jordan’s YouTube Video
- Small Scale Life Podcast – Michael Jordan’s Beekeeping Journey – S2E16
- Small Scale Life Podcast – Michael Jordan Beekeeping Questions and Answers – S2E18
- The Survival Podcast Expert Panel – Fridays on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko
- The Sample Hour Podcast – A special thank you to my friend Drew Sample for connecting me with Michael Jordan! Check out the Michael Jordan on The Sample Hour:
- Episode 119 – The Bee Whisperer – Michael Jordan
- Episode 125 – Hogtoberfest 2016
- Episode 138 – Getting Started with Beekeeping – Michael Jordan
- Episode 151 – Spring Beekeeping – Michael Jordan
- Episode 152 – Spring Beekeeping Continued – Michael Jordan
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