Drones are becoming more and more popular with each passing day, and it’s not difficult to see why.
These fantastic pieces of technology afford pilots the opportunity to explore the skies, capture HD footage, and facilitate high-speed aerial travel.
Hobbyists enjoy operating cutting-edge devices that can literally travel miles in the air, and commercial drone pilots—those who are benefiting from today’s many drone business opportunities—are raking in the big bucks by providing outstanding services to clients.
Moreover, many hobbyists are making part-time moves to the drone business world by providing occasional services to customers.
To be sure, whether you’re a drone diehard or a new fan, all that you’ll need to create a highly lucrative drone business is a drone license (which is easy and affordable to obtain), a stellar drone or fleet of drones, and capable piloting abilities; the latter does come with practice and experience, so don’t worry!
Let’s take a look at five ways you can make money with your drone!
1. Deliver Goods
Drone delivery services are all the rage. While drone deliveries between commercial companies and customers are more or less “maxed-out”—meaning that there isn’t much room for other businesspersons to carve out a niche, and the required permits and applications are rather expensive and involved—party-to-party delivery services are quickly becoming the norm.
All you have to do to make money delivering goods with your drone is to market your services to local clients, explain what you bring to the table, and provide the corresponding work. These services are particularly valuable to senior citizens and those who conduct business during the winter months; during a frigid winter day, few individuals want to warm the car and drive for 10 or 20 minutes to deliver or pick-up a product they sold or purchased.
Even so, business on websites like Craigslist and LetGo doesn’t halt when temperatures fall below freezing.
And that is where your opportunity lies.
2. Capture Footage
This is a broad suggestion, but your imagination and business instincts can guide you to success in the local market. An ever-increasing number of companies and organizations are paying to have aerial pictures and/or footage of their workplace captured. Travel videos and local tours can prove useful to both residents and visitors, and beautiful landscapes and adorable animals often rack-up views on YouTube, and can eventually provide substantial ad revenue.
3. Teach Other Pilots
Top-notch drones are serious investments that can end up costing pilots thousands of dollars. This point alone dissuades many would-be fliers from buying a device, but you can take advantage of this baseline interest by teaching others how to fly drones. Once they learn the ropes, they’ll either find that the hobby isn’t for them or will gain the confidence they need to purchase a drone of their own; either way, you’ll turn a profit and help others to better understand the wonderful world of drones.
4. Form A Racing League
Drone racing leagues are picking up steam all around the country and the world, and you can make some serious cash—and have a lot of fun—by forming a league of your own.
Use your drone to capture some promotional footage, specify which drones and participants (age, experience, etc.) should enter, and market the league to as many individuals as possible. By charging a small fee to compete in league races, you can make money from other pilots and offer prizes to those who finish in first, second, or third place.
Just make sure to establish the parameters of each race beforehand; you don’t want to deal with angry racers!
5. Fly Banners
Drones can display high-quality banners to thousands and thousands of potential clients in a matter of minutes, and you can use your drone to help companies that would have otherwise paid to put airplanes in the air.
Banners themselves won’t cost you much to have printed, and you can turn a steady profit by marketing your services to big and small customers alike.
Even individuals can purchase your banner flying services; weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and more can be made exponentially more memorable and special by drone flight.
These drone business opportunities are all but sure to have you collecting payments in no time. Thanks for reading, and here’s to the numerous perks and possibilities of piloting drones!