No longer are jobs using drones classed as a niche market, and there are increasingly new ways of making money if you’re a competent flyer with a good quality drone. Here are just 5 ways to make money using a drone:
- Real estate and architecture
Indirectly, both industries can help you to make money if you can fly a drone and take good pictures. Real estate agents use photos and videos to help give potential buyers a better view of the property being sold, from different angles. While architects use drones to take pictures of buildings, inspect construction quality and survey sites to name but a few.
- Aerial surveying
Topography, cartography and archaeology are just 3 of the topics that deal with surveying physical spaces, and with geographic information such as aerial thermography no longer being carried out with the use of a hot air balloon or helicopter – instead being gathered by drones – there are many opportunities to make money as a drone operator in this field.
- Special occasion photography
Giving you the ability to take aerial shots and video footage, drones are revolutionising the photography industry, and those wanting shots and videos of special events, are often looking to drone companies to satisfy their needs.
- Delivering goods
While drones being used to deliver packages is not a new idea, it is growing in popularity, and the trend shown by many delivery companies is to use drones due to their low cost and efficiency. If looking to make money as a drone delivery service, you could become a third-party provider for e-commerce sites and even local stores.
- Video surveillance
With crime rates seemingly on the rise, many business owners are looking for new and innovative ways to protect their properties, and drones are proving a popular option. With their ability to move around a property and site with ease and stealth, drones can reach places that may otherwise be inaccessible to make sure the area is free from trespassers. Drones are also hard to spot and detect and can surprise and prevent intruders.
While you will need to invest in a drone with a 4k camera and thermal imaging, it could be a worthwhile investment if you would genuinely like to pursue this potentially lucrative line of business.
Drones can be fun when used for recreational purposes, but provided you’re a responsible drone owner and pilot and observe FDA and local guidelines, they can also make you a lot of money.