I am a Beekeeper , poultryman and Pigfarmer! I am a sideliner beekeeper in Virginia and our teach our club's beginner beekeeping classes. I have been keeping bees for 10 years. I would suggest you join a local group so you have some mentors to help you through those anxious moments. We are using two text books this year for teaching: The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum and Beekeeping Basics from Penn State. I have really enjoyed bees and learned much about not fighting nature! I wish you the best! I have 10 hives and proceeds of my honey sales offset the price of supplies, but not the labor!