welcome to the site.
of all the hobbies you could pick, this one is probably the least labor intensive. now, if you get more than a few hives, that could change :evil:
after the initial investment, which doesn't have to be huge, your costs are usually pretty low. you can spend as much or as little time messing with them and only need to stay on top of a few critical things.
i find them relaxing. sort of like an outdoor aquarium...with bees...instead of fish...and wax...instead of...oh well......... :-D