How To Make Money With A Drone

How To Make Money With A Drone

Drones are a lot of fun when you use them recreationally. If you’re passionate about UAVs and everything drone, you may want to consider turning your hobby into a money-making venture. That way you get to do what you love – all day, every day.  Naturally, you do need to obtain your drone license first before you can start making any money from it. But once you have it, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. If that’s not enough incentive, consider this – the global market for Aerial Imaging is expected to reach US$4.6 Billion by 2026.

Read on to learn about some of the ways you can make money with a drone.

1. Real Estate Videos and Photos

Still, on-ground photography is so passé when it comes to selling high-end properties. And it’s no wonder, properties with aerial footage are likely to sell much faster than those without. Drone videos allow for sweeping views of a property’s exterior and landscaping. 

Network enough with real estate agents and you’ll find yourself becoming their “go-to” guy or gal for all their new listings.

Real Estate Drone Videos and Drone Photos<br />
Drone Wedding photography

2. Weddings

Get a piece of the huge wedding industry pie by becoming a wedding photographer who specializes in aerial photos and footage. As drones can really show off the beauty of an area, you’ll find yourself working in stunning locations more often than not.

Wondering where to start? Ask a wedding photographer friend to recommend you to couples or start advertising your services on freelance platforms.

3. Aerial Inspections

Helicopters have been used in the past to inspect electrical lines, pumping stations or remote facilities. However, the use of helicopters can be extremely expensive. Depending on weather conditions, the use of helicopters can also be dangerous. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka drones) are fast becoming a popular choice when it comes to inspection jobs. Another advantage they have over helicopters is that their small size means they can also inspect the inside of a structure like a chimney. 

Be aware though, that this line of work requires initial investments in advanced drones and training in RC flying and aerial recording.

4. Search and Rescue

If you want to be involved in some extremely rewarding work, you may want to consider getting involved in drone surveillance during search and rescue operations or disaster relief. Drones have the capabilities to cover larger areas much faster than traditional rescue teams and dogs. You may consider offering your services to an NGO as well. Freelance drone pilots can be very well paid depending on who they work for while volunteering your services during a disaster can be really rewarding.

5. Precision Agriculture

Do you live in an agricultural community? You may be surprised to know that the use of drones is growing in demand there too. Farmers use drones to survey their lands and make decisions on planting, pruning, fertilizing, and a whole lot more. Drones can also be used to deliver spot treatments to infected areas of fields.

You need drones equipped with specialized equipment like infrared cameras but the demand can more than makeup for your initial investment.

Drone Precision Agriculture

We’ve tried to suggest options in the different fields above. Apart from these, you may be able to get into the advertising and filmmaking industry, make a business selling new and used drones, make drone deliveries or train drone pilots. 

With drones still a bit of a novelty, you may be able to establish a successful drone business over time. However, you do need to make sure your flying skills are up to par or better than industry standards. Sharpen your flying skills with Coastal Drone’s Drone Pilot Courses and learn to develop your drone business with our essential guide for starting a drone-based business.

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