Yes ! Beekeeping has really changed. I'm returning to beekeeping after being away from this hobby for over 55 years now. Last winter I prepared n assembled several hive setups. I also took several beekeeping classes n have studied n read a lot about the problems n risks. That aside .. I started with 3 five frame Nuc's the 15th of April. All are doing well n are growing n doing nicely. Did loss a swarm but that is life in beekeeping. But I also did capture a healthy Swarm too .. So I'm even thus far n relearning n moving ahead.
Yes again.. There will be many challenges n risky hurdles n days your wondering "WHY" even at near 71 years here but I love beekeeping ! Good luck n GO for it with a positive attitude.
Blessings n take care from Washington state,