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How do I start a business using my drone?

by AllenStone / February 14, 2017 11:34 AM PST

I know there are rules for using drones for business what is the best way to get started without a lot of extra expense?

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by AaronBert / February 16, 2017 11:19 PM PST

Hello
I'm New member in forum and help how to start new business any one

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Welcome in the forums.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 17, 2017 12:07 AM PST
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It's a great idea to help other people.

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Help starting a drone business
by BertSparks / February 14, 2017 11:39 AM PST

Starting your drone business is not free but that does not mean you have to take out a 2nd mortgage on your home to start one. Here are some basic costs to expect to get going.

1. Develop a drone business plan, it does not have to be formal but it’s a
good process to make you think it through before spending any money. Who are
your drone services customers, what is the competition like, how are you going to
market to those customers, etc.

2. Get FAA certified and work those rules into your business plan. Costs
$170 ​(knowledge test $150, FAA Certificate $5, Study Guide $15)

3. Purchase your equipment (drone, sensors, carrying bags, etc). What you
need depends on the services you are providing, if you filming a 4000 acre ranch
extra batteries and extra memory cards are a must. Your drone is your primary
business tool and cheap drones can be difficult to fly and less reliable, make sure
you get a higher quality unit. C​ ost $1,400​ (DJI Mavic Pro Bundle)

4. Buy insurance, to be considered a reliable business you need liability
insurance to protect yourself and those you are working for. You may also want to
insure your drone, its a valuable asset. It’s not as bad its it might sound, add it to
your business plan and build the cost into your pricing. Cost $66 month

5. Build a portfolio and practice. Master your drone skills and create
samples that you can present to your clients. Don’t charge your first customers, it’s
a good thank you for taking a chance with you. Ask instead if they can be a
reference for you and they share your work with others. This is also the best way to
build a portfolio and get more business.

6. Marketing your drone service with a website and social media. Start a
website, we recommend building it yourself, is not as difficult as you think. You
don’t need to know how to program or be a graphic designer and that can be a big
savings when your first starting out. Cost $50 year

7. Set goals, it sounds basic but so many people don’t have a plan and don’t
set and monitor their goals. It should be part of your business plan and it will help
you succeed.

Although I’m not a fan of credit cards or being in debit, Amazon offers promotions at times
allowing store card financing up to 12 months on large purchases with no interest.

Total Start up Costs ($1570)
Total On going Expense ($70 per month)

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Post was last edited on February 15, 2017 5:35 AM PST

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