Be very, very careful Jason. Bee keeping is very addictive.
tips 1. I advise a minimum of two hives so that if you loose the queen one way or another you can transfer a frame of eggs to the queen-less hive if they fail to produce one themselves. As you already have your smoker going and suited up the extra time to inspect a second hive is no big deal.
2. Always have some spare gear on hand for ‘emergencies’.
3. Join your local bee group and buddy-up with someone there, even if they are a beginner two minds and four eyes are a benefit.
4. Don’t be shy about asking for advice and help, no question is a silly question when you don’t know the answer already.
5. If the bees are really noticeably angrier then close up and call it a day. It could be the weather and nothing to do with the hive, but on the other hand if they have run out of room for storing the honey, for example, that can upset them. Bees don’t know how to stop foraging so can get a bit hot when the hive is honey bound.
6. Register your hive with the DPI, it is required by law.
7. Be considerate of your neighbors but also accept some may object to you having bees, I have one like that next door, you just have to live with ignorant people sometimes. My hives are 4k’s away from home but she complained that I had new bee gear at home that I was painting.