Before you get carried away Iddee,................ What am I ? A hobbiest, a sideliner, commercial? I have heard these terms for some time now and am curious as to what they mean to different people. Do the designations somehow relate to numbers of colonies, or is it based on the amount (or lack thereof) of income derived? Or are these designations based on something completely different that I have missed? Even Wiki doesn't seem to have a definitive answer. What are your opinions, and what do you consider yourselves to be? I would venture to say that up to this point I have been a hobbiest, keeping bees for the pure enjoyment of it. The last few years I have tried to make it a hobby that produced enough of an income to sustain itself, and with a bit of good fortune put a few $ away in my sons education fund. I have it in my head to try and turn a bit of a corner this coming year, and will try to derive an actual income from my endeavors. I hope to move into pollination and make a couple + K there. Honey and wax sales will bring in some more. Perhaps a few nuc sales (I really don't like doing this). Removals that I can actually make a dollar at. I also hope to perhaps try custom extracting given that I have acquired enough gear (and hopefully a dedicated honey house soon). Not sure what that might make (if anything), I have read you can charge X dollars per weight or even $1 per frame. I have even thought about producing and selling small amounts of wooden ware (other folks that I have helped, or have stopped in to check out beekeeping as a hobby often try to purchase the stuff I've made). I have no visions of getting rich, and certainly do not want to get to the size where it is no longer fun. I get a bit of a pension when I hit 55 in June and hope to be able to supplement that while doing something I love. My wife has been the primary bread winner in our family pretty much since our son was born and for that I am eternally grateful. Every day when I come home from the bees and find that the door locks haven't been changed I am reminded of just how lucky a guy I am.