Drones are one of the hottest gadgets on the planet right now. The drone industry is growing at a rapid pace and is estimated to be worth $92 billion by 2030. Even though drones have been around for decades, they’re only recently starting to make their way into commercial use cases.
If you’re looking for an easy way to make money, then investing in a drone could be your answer!
In this blog post, we will discuss 10 unique ways that you can start making money with drones today.
Unboxing drones is a popular hobby that can easily turn into an income. Collecting and reviewing high-end drones plus accessories are great ways to make money on YouTube or other video hosting sites.
Your first drones would be purchased, but after you build up followers and a community, you should start getting ‘freebies’ to unbox.
There are many people who live outside the United States that want to purchase drones and accessories, but cannot due to customs restrictions.
This is an opportunity for you because it’s not available in their country!
You can get commissioned by drone manufacturers or resellers to unbox products as they arrive at your doorstep.
It’s a great way to make money with drones as long as you have high-speed internet access and ample storage space on your computer.
The Majority of popular YouTubers will buy external hard drives so this isn’t a problem for them (although they’re expensive).
If you’re looking to make money with drones, then reselling is a great option.
You can find reputable drone retailers online that require no minimum purchase amounts or credit card information.
Some popular examples include DJI and Yuneec (which are primarily used for aerial photography). Since there are so many different models available on the market today, it’s important to do your research beforehand in order to be knowledgeable about which model will best suit your needs.
When buying new drones from these sites, they often offer discounted prices as well as cashback incentives if you plan on taking advantage of their online customer reviews system before purchasing anything. This makes them an excellent source for beginners who may not have much experience navigating the complicated world of learning to master the professional flying route.
But don’t assume all drones will sell well; it really depends on what niche market you want to target. For example: if you have a passion for drone fishing, then this will be the niche you want to target.
You will need a drone that can withstand salt water and is waterproof, so it’s worth checking out all of your options before jumping in feet first into an industry you may not even have any interest in whatsoever.
The process for buying drones online starts with knowing what type of model would suit your target clients’ needs best. It’s important to do research beforehand about which models are available and good for beginners who might not know much about drone flying at first glance through many different categories such as industrial or photography purposes just to name a few.
Become a Commercial Drone Pilot
Learn advanced flying skills so you can become a drone pilot for hire. You’ll need to have a drone license (such as Part 107) and insurance, but this will allow you to charge for your services.
Best Drone For Making Money: DJI Mavic Pro
One of the most popular drones on the market is also one of the best for making money – it has been shown that DJI Mavic Pros can generate up to $350 per hour when hired out! This time-tested model provides excellent value, with many features usually only found in more expensive models such as obstacle avoidance sensors, ultra-compact size, and foldable arms. It even comes with an onboard digital video camera enabling high-quality photography work too.
The potential earnings from just hiring out these drones could become quite lucrative over time which if they don’t want you as a pilot, becomes its own revenue stream.
It is also worth noting that certain industries could generate higher returns by using drones instead of humans. For instance, construction site mapping – this type of work usually demands expensive equipment and backup accessories. The hotel chains and Real Estate agencies are also very popular for drone pilots with constant worldwide demand.
Sell your Drone Imagery and Videos
Now not only can you be hired as a drone pilot, but you can also sell aerial photos and videos of real estate, weddings, schools, construction sites, or any other place that a traditional photographer might find work.
The drone industry is growing at an exponential rate and this type of footage is highly sought after. There are many places you can sell it too, many platforms that specialize in high-quality drone shots.
Right now, drones are used in all sorts of industries, and they have proven to be very lucrative for those who invested the time early on.
Create Your Own Drone Accessories
Sell your own custom drone parts online! You’ll need decent technical skills, but there’s no better way to start making money. Start by finding a drone-related industry niche and create your own accessories, such as drones for pets.
Another option is to start with your favorite hobbies, like RC cars or quadcopters to get some experience. If you’re looking for an easier option, try finding drone industry niches that are still in demand (such as the drones for pets idea) and make the products yourself!
With these two options combined, you will be able to find success in both short-term projects and long-term endeavors.
Start a Drone Delivery BusinessIf you’re looking for a long-term way to make money with drones, start your own drone delivery business and provide last-mile service.
The use of delivery drones for medical facilities, national institutions, and charity organizations worldwide will increase due to its convenient access to deliveries. The trips could be expensive sometimes or difficult due to the logistics in some areas. This is covered by your client, while you enjoy the trip. Once in the area, the drone takes over since the ground vehicles delivery can’t reach certain locations.
Take note though that these drones will have to be the stronger ones, supporting heavier payloads.
Drones are also used for speeding up the delivery of food and drinks to people. They can carry a lot more weight these days compared to the initial models, making them an excellent choice if you’re just starting out in this business. That’s because it makes your job easier when there is not as much money involved in operations yet.
The only major obstacle with drone deliveries is that they need to be equipped with GPS tracking so that customers know where their packages are at all times. This negates some privacy concerns but ensures that nobody steals anything from your company before it even gets delivered to them.
Future Fact: Drone delivery services will become increasingly popular around the world.
Buy Drones and Rent
This is a really good idea if you’re just starting out. The market for drones is still new and there’s plenty of room to cut into the competition, especially with all the people who are switching careers or getting started in this industry as their first job.
You will have to invest up front, but you’ll be able to recoup your initial investment quickly. Plus, you can rent out drones for relatively cheap to get your business moving.
Having repeat customers will be the ‘make or break’ to your business.
Become a Content Creator or Drone Influencer
You may not realize it, but there’s a huge demand for drone content online. YouTube channels have popped up all over the internet and people are hungry for new videos from interesting perspectives.
If you’re feeling confident in your skills as a videographer or photographer, this is an excellent way to capitalize on that market while also providing valuable footage. Once you’ve established your YouTube channel and are getting some traction, it may be time to start charging brands for exposure.
There is also ad revenue once you can grow your subscriptions. How can you go wrong with the 2nd largest search engine on the internet?
Air Surveillance, Private Investigation, and Video Monitoring
It may not seem like an obvious option, but drones are amazing for air surveillance. There is a lot of demand out there for aircraft inspections and drone video monitoring has been used to capture footage in dangerous or hard-to-reach areas that would be impossible otherwise.
Private Investigation firms have also taken note–drone aerial photography can provide less dangerous situations, making the job easier.
Video Monitoring is another field that can take advantage of drone technology. When drones are used for video monitoring, they use techniques like motion detection to capture footage when it happens – all without the need to manually monitor hours and hours of recorded footage in search of something suspicious or unusual.
Search and Rescue in Disaster Areas
Search and Rescue is another sector that can take advantage of drone technology. When it comes to finding people lost in disaster areas, drones make a perfect match for the job as they can be used without risk of injury or harm–a search and rescue team on foot would have to put themselves at great risk if entering unstable areas.
Normally, helicopters and dogs are used for this, but they can be really costly and dangerous. The drone technology is much safer as there’s no risk of injury for the rescuers or people on the ground.
The drones are also great at finding survivors in disaster areas because some have thermal imaging cameras which allows them to see heat signatures from humans that would otherwise not be visible.
Bonus: Drones in Agriculture
The farming industry is booming with drone usage and its become the perfect marriage of agriculture and technology.
The drones have been used to scare away birds at a time when the fields are becoming more of an attraction for them, they can be used to monitor crops with infrared cameras that other agricultural equipment would not normally be able to do, they’ve even been known too find areas where pests may reside which allows farmers to take control over their livelihood.
Drones help predict field yields which is a huge help to farmers who can plan for the future.
The future with drones is very bright. If you can pilot a drone then add this skill to your resume because it’s one that will stay in demand for years to come!
Drones are not just toys – they’re becoming one of the most powerful tools humans have ever created! Take advantage now while you still can… before it’s too late! And as always, fly safe!