Thousands of new commercial drone operators are expected to continue entering the US job market, and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), predict that almost all these will be small businesses. With the industry suddenly being flooded with new operators, it’s going to be hard for these new drone businesses to stand out from the crowd, even if they have extensive flight experience and an FAA certificate. Regardless, if you’re interested in starting a career in the drone industry, what skills will you need?
Listed below are just a few of the most important skills that you’ll be required to possess:
- Being up to date with your business skills
Clients of commercial drone businesses want what any other client does from a business; professionalism, hence they will choose the provider that presents the most professional profile. Ensure that your standard contract included proof of insurance, proof of your certification and any liability waivers that might be necessary. Investing in a lawyer who specialises in the drone industry might be wise, since they will have a better understanding of such issues as copyright laws and credit card transactions, to name but a few.
- Getting to grips with the regulations:
You must continually keep yourself up to date with any changes to the FAA regulations by checking their website, and your clients will want to feel confident that you know how to fly legally. Familiarize yourself with any specific local regulations, and you’ll find help with this available from many different online resources.
- Being able to communicate well with your client base:
It isn’t enough to simply post footage of drones being flown, you’ll need to show potential customers that your company can meet their needs. Clearly display your FAA certification and the fact that you are licensed and insured, and even offer references. Pay attention to any questions your customers may have, and respond efficiently to all inquiries.
- Specialising in photography or videography:
It’s a known fact that many of the best drone operators began their careers as photographers or videographers, and went on to learn how to operate drones. If you want to be successful as a drone operator who also shoots photographs and videos, then you must be creative and skilled at it. It cannot be learnt along the way, and your customers will quickly pick up on the fact that you’re a novice and take their business elsewhere.
- Knowing how to present your final package:
Be clear to your customer about exactly what it is that they will get from your service, and leave no questions unanswered. Ask them what their minimum requirement is, and then offer to go a little above and beyond, wherever possible. Offer clients a flat price if you can, since that avoids their concerns of having to pay more than an estimated price if you charge them by the hour.
The popularity of drones seems to know no bounds, and many more industries are realizing the benefits of them with respect to saving time and money, and offering perspectives that are otherwise not available.
Clients want professional drone operators who can offer them exactly what they want, while remaining within the confines of the law, and if you’re looking for a career in this exciting new industry, then you’d better get smart, and fast!