How to Start a Drone Business – Aerial video and photography

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The Drone Industry

Many people around the world are tapping into the Drone industry and making several hundred dollars per week to several thousands per month. Aerial video and photography are sectors within this industry where many entrepreneurs are easily seeing profits. For some people it’s a small weekend operation and some have made this into full time company.

Your Target Clients

Many individuals and businesses require aerial photos and videos for their marketing and sales campaigns. From real estate agents featuring their properties for sale and rental to Organisers of Festivals, Sporting and charity events. Many Drone pilots have also been recruited by Security company for surveillance jobs. The possibilities are endless.

Rates to Charge

Rates are charged between $225USD to $400USD . This is usually per 20 minute flight where you produce the customer with the footage and still photos of their property, event etc. Additional rates can be charged if the customer needs an edited commercial or advertisement. Some businesses charge per edited photo or have package deals.

+ So for a quick example, having a minimum of 4 customers’ flights booked every single weekend could make you between $900 – $1600USD weekly! +

What you will need to get started

First, You will need to Invest in a professional drone with a High Definition Camera to get Started. We reccommended buying your Drone Equipment from a reputable eCommerce site such as Amazon.

Any of the following drones are recommended:

 DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter -Visionary Intelligence Elevated Imagination The DJI Phantom 4 is the smartest flying camera DJI has ever created. Able to fly intelligently with a tap, automatically create seamless tracking shots, fly intelligently over or around obstacles and much more. Flying has never been this easy or as much fun. Auto takeoff and auto return home with GPS technology, makes controlling easy.
Here are some others:



You will also need the following accessories which will make your life a lot easier in the field.

  • Flight time per battery is currently only 20 minutes, You will need additional ones. Find more here:
  • You should also get an Apple Ipad/iPhone or Android Device. Find those here:

Check Local Aviation Laws

Every country has different aviation laws and regulations. Have a quick check in your area to see where you can and cannot fly. Professional Drone companies work with international flight regulators and enter NO FLY zones within their software to reduce risk of flying in these areas.

Learn to FLY

After you have receive your Drone equipment, you need to learn to fly the drone. Drones today are very easy to fly and within the first 5 flights you should have a basic feel for the controls and how to maneuver the aircraft. Be the best you can be at flying and enjoy your new business!