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How to make money with a drone?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by dadecotti, Jan 2, 2017.

  1. dadecotti

    dadecotti Senior Member

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    Anyone tried?
    Any real chance?
     
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    datsunguy Supreme Member

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    1. make a spooky ghost and hang it from your drone
    2. fly around neighbourhoods at night
    3. dress up as a ghostbuster
    4. go door to door and tell people you can capture that spooky ghost for just 12 easy payments of $39.99 a month
    5. stage dramatic scene in whereby you capture the spooky ghost
    6. PROFIT!
    7. repeat steps 1-6 for more monies

    but seriously what kind of drone is it? is it made for filming or a more generic version?
    drones are getting more and more common so doubt you can make any real cash with it.
     
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    Go to restaurants, parks, hotels, schools, gas stations, shopping malls... and ask if they can need some pictures of their property from a birds eye view.
     
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    filming stuff is a good idea.
    contact estate agents and ask if they want to aerials shots of houses they are selling.
     
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    1. Walk into the hood
    2. Befriend the ganbangers
    3. Fly drugs into prison
    4. Profit
     
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    Set up a website, instagram & facebook profile where you upload the taken pictures with the adresses they were taken.
    Use massplanner to build up a community around the place youre active in.
    You have to build up a professional website. Maybe in future you can style and design flyers for restaurants with photos of their buildings.

    Start will be hard because they got no reveiws. But after a few months / done jobs it will be more and more easy.
    Then start to set up the possibilty to book your services, so that you dont have to walk around and ask for a job.

    For this answer please pay 500 euro.:p
     
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    Contact real estate agents. They buy quadcopter services to get aerial video of the properties they're marketing. A lot is written online about the niche.
     
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    Filming weddings and other events. Good money but I don't know how many competitors are in your area. You will need portfolio so maybe you will make few free of charges wedding films for your family or friends etc. It will be perfect if you ask them to leave very good reviews on some weeding websites like Weeding Wire. Next you will need profesional website and good SEO for your local market.
     
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    I know someone who has a professional drone filming company.

    They hire him for a bunch of jobs like mapping, real estate agents publicity for homes and so on, wildfires mapping and other stuff.

    His drone is professional, he has like 8 hours of backup batteries and has some license to fly into certain areas where amateur drones aren't allowed. He put in a rather fat initial investment, many doubted he'd make money, but he's having more fun than me at this time ;)
     
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    Do a lot of roof inspections. When you see some troubles, make a deal with a repair agency that fixes roofs.
     
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    I actually read about a guy who made 50k in 5 days on quora a few days ago. I can't link it because I don't have enough posts but I'll copy paste it.

    Step 1 - Buy a drone. A Drone with a 4k camera preferably.

    Step 2 - Buy an IPAD. You’ll need one to use with the drone controller.

    Step 3 - File for FAA 333 exemption. There are laws in place. To be clear, the distinction comes down to this: (1) you don't need to have an government exemption if you're simply flying for a hobby, (2) if you're flying to make money, then you need the exemption.

    Part 107 will be in effect soon. As of right now you can still request the 333 exemption.

    Step 4 - You have a choice here - create a company or not. On one hand you can simply form a DBA under your own name, name it whatever you want, and then head off to the races. However, these drones can cut a person's head off. If you form a DBA under your name and your drone hurts somebody, your house and all your assets are fair game in court. Preferably, form an LLC. This will protect all your personal assets. In the event someone gets hurt, they can only sue for what your company owns.

    Step 5 - Create a website or not. It doesn't really matter. What you really need is footage of you flying the drone, showing what you can do. In other words, don't spend any time trying to make a pretty website.

    Step 6 - Logo + Biz cards. Obviously, if you're serious about making big money, you need to be professional. Get a nice logo made and get some business cards made. You'll need these for your sales calls.

    Step 7 - Practice flying. Buy a nano-drone or something similar. What you’re looking for is a drone that fits in the palm of your hand. Fly it inside your house/apartment everyday until you’re comfortable flying it every which direction. Once you can do that you’re ready for the bigger drones.

    Step 8 - Scout out the territory. You're making lists of energy company, power plants, oilfield operations, and windfarm facilities. These are the places that can pay huge money for a quick days work.

    Step 9 - Visit all of these facilities. You're not going to get a bite on all of them, and you won't know which places are interested until you go talk to them. When you approach these people, you want to get to a decision maker. You're wasting your time if your giving a 10 minute sales pitch to a secretary or entry level nerd.

    (a) Energy companies. I worked for a Fortune 500 energy company. These companies use boilers to produce electricity. Very frequently these boilers go offline and are unable to produce electricity due to malfunctions in the tubes inside the boiler. The “OLD SCHOOL” solution has up until recently (and really still is) to build scaffolding inside these boilers and then have human workers crawl around inside there to look for leaks/issues/what have you. Thus, there are some problems presented (1) insurance issues (obviously), (2) high danger element, considering it’s pitch black inside, (3) as well as the potential risk in case someone were to fall and get hurt. These you can easily charge $15,000 per day. All you do is fly the drone inside of the boiler, take pics, make vids, and that’s it.

    (b) Oilfield companies. You can do inspections. The government recently passed a mandate that requires all oil companies to test the air for emissions. Note - if you end up landing a contract with an oil company for this, you're going to need to buy the DJI Matrice and fit it with a flir camera. Email me if you want to know more details. Onward. The best option is flying & inspecting short pipe sections (think 10 miles or less) where you can compete with airplanes.Your pitch here is easy. Charge them half of what they're paying to the airplane guys. Simply say "I'll only charge you guys half of what you're paying the airplane folks". That's it. There's big money here. Think year long contracts, valuing over $100,000.

    (c) Windfarms. This is another area where I’ve done inspections. There is some competing technology emerging in the form of high powered, ground-based cameras. If the windfarm is using this technology, you wont’ have any luck. If they aren’t then you can expect a cool $10,000 or more from inspecting the boxes up top as well as the blades.

    (d) New Construction projects. This is an alternative to doing inspections. One which can make a serious amount of money just on its own. Look for new construction projects around your city. When you find these places you’ll notice some trailer houses at the project site. This is where the project manager (decision maker) will be. Remember to bring your Ipad so you can show him some pics and videos you’ve made flying your drone. Anyways, these project managers absolutely love to see time lapse photos and videos of their various projects. Traditionally, the project managers have to negotiate with adjacent buildings, in hopes that the adjacent buildings will allow the project manager to rent out space on top of the adjacent building to put a camera (that will take time lapse photos of the construction site). These adjacent buildings charge upwards of $1,000 per month for this.

    Your angle is this: you will provide twice a month or once per month service, taking pics for all four corners of the project and will also take an orbiting 360 degree videos twice per month or once per month. Whatever the project manager wants. You can charge $500 or so for this. To be clear, this will be recurring work for however long the project lasts. So if it lasts two years and your doing just one job once per month you’ll easily make ($500 x 24 = $12,000). It will only take you 30 minutes to perform this job. YOUR GOAL IS TO STACK MULTIPLE PROJECTS LIKE THIS TOGETHER. 30 MINUTES = $500.
     
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    Film video and sell it on stock footage sites.