Hire Drone Operators, is now becoming my primary drive to get work coming in, I work endlessly on creating more and more content about the services we can offer to our clients. Finding the right contractors with the right tools to take on small to large projects.
Most operators don’t know or want to fork out a marketing budget, and this model will assist them in getting new leads and work in their direction. We take a cut in the margin and then it is put back into generating more leads. I do not keep anything in the pocket, and it is invested back into the business for brand awareness and as an authority in this industry. Think of Hire Drone Operators as an agent who works with both parties to get the results.
Why I think most pilots fail to get off the ground
During my five day course to obtain my remote pilot license, my tutor said to me “most people are looking for a job as a drone pilot in a company, and no one is confident enough to get out and earn using a commercial license”. Well, you see, I know deep down you are competing against other pilots, and most companies already have existing and experienced pilots. Plus, I am getting leads from my website so I can attempt to take on jobs to build up my portfolio.
Being a new pilot on the market is tough especially if you don’t know how to market yourself and get leads in, finding a job in the field is again going to be tough. Everybody dreams about getting into the drone industry, so they fork out lots of money purchasing premium drones such as the Inspire 1 but are not getting any returns. It’s not that simple, just because you have the nice gear you will have clients coming in.
What about buying a drone franchise?
The same goes for people who buy a franchise from National Drones. I have been following a few pilots who started in 2016 to only see them die within two years. I know a lot of reselling of regions happening at the moment.
Here’s why you should choose other drone franchise if you are thinking about purchasing one
Drone services are somewhat new, and the demand can be low, if you only concentrate just on flying drones, you will eventually die as a franchisee. Working to get big and commercial jobs is time consuming and how many of that job will you be doing in Melbourne regularly?
You are better off joining other franchise like Jim’s Photography and Drones or Real Drone Photography. Why? You have to remember that their bread and butter is in photography and video services. There is a lot more work in these areas than comparing with a drone. You have more skills that will support you and continue to earn your weekly income.
If you look closely at the number of search queries on Google for people looking for drone services to ground photography and video is a huge gap.
From my experience and opinion
As I mentioned above why you need to join other franchise like Jim’s Photography and Drones and Real Drone Photography/Real Estate, instead of a drone focus franchise like National Drones.
To survive as the new guy or a little guy in the drone photography business if you are not buying a franchise at $80k. You need to find other work to generate income, like Jim’s or Real Drone franchise their bread and butter is in photography. If you are starting as an independent drone business, you need to get work to support your new business whether you work part-time as an Uber Driver or as a waiter.
For me, that’s why I started my winery tour business in 2019, and I have my digital marketing business to generate my income while I focus on building my brand for Hire Drone Operators. To learn more about my Hire Drone Operators business visit https://www.hiredroneoperators.com.au
How to start drone photography and video business on a budget
I would suggest getting a Phantom 4 Pro ($2,400) but they are currently out of stock, and it is unsure if they are planning on producing more. My next step for you is to get the Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom with Smart Controller for an ultra-bright screen for outdoor flying. Also add the Fly More Kit that comes with extra batteries, propellers and a shoulder bag. They both have the features to take on drone photography and video in 4K resolution.
The overall cost for this equipment is $3,348. If you market yourself well, you can pay this off pretty quickly. As more and more people getting into the industry, you are competing on price, you are now getting pilots charging around $100 – $150 per hour. If you have to spend money to get work, you are taking away from your hourly rate. It is good to start but you need to increase your prices to make it a profitable business, your work needs to be spot on and better than new pilots stepping.