Right now, drones are the coolest thing since sliced bread and just about everyone would LOVE to own one. While improvements in drone technology have made them more affordable for the average person, they’re still relatively expensive.
This could be in your favor. With a small initial investment (and the right insurance), you could rent out drones to certified operators.
3. An Advertising Business
“Dronevertising” is the next big thing in marketing. So equip a drone with a small video screen or lightweight banner, find a location where there are dozens, hundreds or even thousands of eyes to see whatever advertising material your drone happens to be carrying, and voila!
4. Special Events Photography and Videography
With high quality camera drones, you could cover every second of any event at a fraction of the cost, even if it stretched over hundreds of miles. The awesome thing is that a drone-mounted camera allows for a whole range of unique angles that wouldn’t be possible any other way.
That makes them a hot commodity, especially for weddings, lavish celebrations and other events (including sporting ones) that typically rely on a smaller budget.
5. Aerial Inspection Drones
One thing that all drones have in common is that they can get to places that would be difficult, dangerous or even impossible for a human. So offering inspection services is another viable drone business idea. The types of inspections that drones are capable of are wide ranging but include:
Oil, gas, and power line safety and integrity;
Solar arrays (both private and commercial);
Large forests, nature reserves, and other natural conservation areas;
Infrastructure at construction or building sites (this includes buildings that may be structurally unsound due to age, fire or natural disasters);
And pretty much anything else that needs to be physically checked for whatever reason.
6. Drones as Delivery Vehicles
While FAA laws governing the use of drones make it difficult to use them for deliveries at the moment, a Nevada-based company completed a number of store-to-door deliveries in November 2016.
Based on this, drone entrepreneurs are hoping that drone deliveries will soon be as much of a reality in the US as they are in other countries including China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, Ireland, Canada, and Rwanda.
7. Drones for News Footage
With a decent drone, it is possible to capture footage of absolutely anything that might be considered newsworthy – whether that is a sporting event, a live concert, a crime in progress, a major accident, a natural disaster, a major conflict, or any other event that qualifies as news.
And even if there are no media outlets interested in your footage, with the right marketing you could build and monetize a popular website or YouTube channel for your drone business.
8. Drones for Humanitarian Purposes
When you consider how much more cost effective a drone is versus the traditional methods of doing things; as well as just how much they are actually capable of – using UAV’s for non-profit or humanitarian efforts seems obvious.
See also this video about ambulance drone
So far, there are drone businesses aiding with the following humanitarian efforts:
Surveying critical infrastructure after natural disasters
Delivering medical and other supplies to otherwise inaccessible areas
Constantly monitoring endangered wildlife
Aiding in search & rescue missions
Aiding the study of areas with serious health threats
9. Security Drones
UAV’s can move very slowly but they can also fly through the air at up to 100 mph. This means they’re one of the best tools available when it comes to surveillance and security.
One certified operator with a night vision camera-equipped drone could easily cover the same area as 4-6 guards.
Drones can be used both indoors and outdoors, making their uses for security purposes truly diverse. There are autonomous security drones as well!
Although it is only since 2014 that using drones to film movies has been legal in the US, there are already a number of films that feature amazing high-quality drone footage; including Skyfall, The Expendables 3 and Chappie.
Another area where they’re extremely popular is with filming documentaries. To see just how endless the possibilities of drone-mounted cameras are, check out some of the videos featured at the New York City Drone Film Festival.
12. Underwater Drones
Unfortunately, there are a lot more environmental hazards for underwater drones (such as curious sea life, strong currents, water pressure, etc.), but there are underwater drones that allow you to enjoy, explore and inspect the watery depths – without getting wet!
They can be used for various activities including:
Evaluating underwater pilings of offshore drilling rigs
Checking fishing nets
Inspecting ships hulls
Filming or photographing underwater environments such as reefs and sea caves
Selecting Your Drone
Assuming you’ve already done some research on the drones available today you will already know that there are dozens, if not hundreds of drones to choose from. Some have better battery lives, some are more rugged and endurable, and others have better onboard cameras.
This doesn’t even take into consideration the effectiveness of the onboard GPS, how easy it is to use the navigation system, the UAV’s weight, and the weight that it can carry.
At the end of the day, your choice of drone will depend entirely on your own preferences and what type of drone business opportunity you plan to focus on. We’re happy to help you find the perfect drone so keep exploring the site!
Note: The one thing that every drone entrepreneur should do before launching their drone business is to visit KnowBeforeYouFly.org. Here you will find everything you need to know about using UAV’s in the US – whether it’s for recreational or commercial purposes!
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