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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Keeping track of your Bee activities.

Whatever hobby, business or activity you pursue, you will probably have to keep track of various things. In today's life of living with computers, many people use spreadsheets and databases to keep organized. Even so, sometimes print and paper is nice to have at your finger tips.

What you may track -
ö - expenses for supplies and travel
ö - number of bees/nucs at beginning of year and their survival rate
ö - number of swarms, when, why they swarmed
ö - quantity of honey gathered per hive
ö - income from selling honey, pollination services, removing swarms, etc.

How you may organize -
ö - as mentioned earlier - using software on your computer - this could be commercial programs geared to the beekeeper, or spreadsheets/databases that you develop yourself
ö - anyone remember index cards? Usually 3x5 inch cards that you organize by topic and file in a shoebox
ö - Bound ledgers or notebooks with lined and columned pages.
ö - Loose leaf binders/notebooks that will accept any page that you hole punch. Hand written logs or journal entries of day to day events. You could even insert printouts of reports from your computer programs.

You might want to make your filing system stand out. Use different colored file folders, boxes, or binders for different activities, months, years, etc. Whatever method you choose to record your information, be consistent. Log your details the same day you observe the event, or receive the shipment, or pay for the item.

Binder - Bee Keeping Records binder
Binder - Bee Keeping Records by bkmuir

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Confused nature.

We had fall/winter weather a week or so ago. Lately it has been warmer than it was all summer.

I spoke with a beekeeper at the local farmer's market on Saturday and he stated that he had a call about a swarming hive. "It is not the time of year to swarm." he replied to the caller. However, when he arrived, the bees were very active.

The flowers that should bloom in the spring are bursting out all over. It makes for a beautiful landscape, but what will the future bring?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Who would want bee promotional items?

If you raise bees as a hobby
ö - give gifts that relate to your beekeeping.
ö - wear a t-shirt, or hat to indicate your interest in bees
ö - have a favorite mug at work that exhibits your hobby
ö - display a button, or bumper sticker to tell the world you like bees

If you sell bee products
ö - design labels for your honey jars
ö - have your store/booth employees wear a "company" logo on shirt, hat, apron, or ...
ö - have related items to bring in more income (keychains, hats, bumper stickers, note cards ...)
ö - promote your business by selling items that have your contact information on them - address, website, e-mail, etc.
ö - business cards and other hand out materials

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Selected searches for bee merchandise on Zazzle.

Sometimes it may be difficult to locate the item that you are searching for, or, perhaps you don't know that some types of items exist.
Here are some pinpointed searches just for readers of this blog.
See the changes in results by using different search terms (numbers as of 10/24/10 - may be more by now) Click on the number to see the products.

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