9 Ways to Make MONEY with Your DRONE

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Brett Garamella here. In today’s video, I’m going to give you 9 ways to make money with your drone, so let’s get right into it! alright before we get into talking about how to make money with your drone you’re gonna need the right drone so I would recommend the Phantom 4 Pro that would be my go-to drone just the most versatile drone has the best photo or video quality without spending more than two thousand dollars and you’re not gonna want to spend too much money if you want to start a business right if you spend like ten thousand dollars if you have that money great but most people don’t so I would say around two thousand dollars is a good budget to start with so you want to get the Phantom 4 Pro you can also use it for mapping and other things now

If you want to go lighter you could go with the Mavic 2 pro although the image quality I find is a little better right out of the box with a phantom 4 Pro Plus as a mechanical shutter and it shoots 4k up to 60 frames per second which is a Mavic tube Pro doesn’t and if you have a little patience you could also go with the hotel Evo 2 but I would go with the Evo 2 Pro so for right now as of this video I would go with the phantom 4 pro now one thing about the phantom 4 pro I will say I kind of still like my Mavic 2 pro better because it’s easier to fly the phantom 4 pro it still occasionally isn’t as smooth and it’s kind of like it has a little like jerk to it and a little like idiosyncrasies that you have to get used to it I can’t really explain it but basically flying it it’s easier to get that nice cinematic smooth footage with the Mavic 2 pro than the Phantom 4 pro however once you get used to the phantom 4 pro you can still get equally if not better results because the image quality is better in my opinion then the Mavic 2 pro but a lot of people get hung up on the gear there’s so many other things you need to work on to make money with your drone and having the right drone is just one part of that you’re also going to need a commercial license if you’re in the u.s.

So you’re part 107 license and you get this nice little card here you’re going to need that card if you make money with your drone so since we’re in this video we’re talking about making money make sure you take your part 107 test pass it and then you get this little I’ll put a link below and basically you can do a google search for cats and then find a testing area in your location and it’s usually at an airport or like an airport flight school that you take the test I’ll put a link in the description so you can find out more information about that let’s get into ways to make money so now you have your drone you have your part 107 license it’s time to make some money so the first way to make money I’d recommend is doing real estate real estate photos really includes any type of building whether that’s residential or commercial so you might want to take a second to think about your network of friends or people you know if you’re more in the commercial aspect and you have a lot of business small business owners and people you know that you might want to start with them if you have just a ton of friends and people who are looking to sell their house or people would just need pictures of their house you may want to do that however a better way to do it may be just reaching out to real estate agents and other photographers and videographers who already do real estate so you could contact them and say look you’re doing a real estate video and I’m a great videographer with my drone would you like to team up or you could reach out to a photographer and tell them look I can provide you these aerial images and we and I we could work together that way you’re collaborating you’re meeting more people you’re making money and you’re expanding your contacts

So I think that’s a good way to start out and that leads into my second way of making money with your drone which is weddings now when it comes to real estate or weddings people want an entire package they don’t want just aerial images they want an entire package so if you already have photography or video skills you can sell it as an entire package if you don’t then like I said you’re gonna have to reach out to a videographer or photographer and collaborate with them so it all depends on your skill set I say always work on your skill set that way you can sell entire package because while drone photography and videos are nice for weddings in real estate they’re gonna want ground shots they’re going on the video on the ground as well so work on your overall skill and try to sell it as a package if you’re just starting out and you have no contacts a good way to meet people maybe get work is to go to bridal shows or to go to a trade shows for real estate agents and architects okay just hand out your card or open up a booth and then people will come there you can get their contact information their emails or phone numbers and then just follow up that way all right another way to make money with your drone is to reach out to PR houses production houses and the Chamber of Commerce in your local city or area so think about the city where you live go to a Chamber of Commerce meeting and out your business card or get the contacts of people you meet and the same thing with Public Relation places or production houses try to meet with those people in person if you can it’s going to be a lot easier to start making money and getting jobs when you see people face to face

But if you can’t here’s my little secret that I have that not a lot of people are doing but I feel like it’s a good way to make some money so on your or some other site like a free version of WordPress or blogger you could create a one page post on that one page post you’re gonna create beautiful images of your city or your location and basically let’s say you have a beautiful bridge or a beautiful building in your area let’s say a beautiful bridge you could write a whole description about this bridge take different photos or make a nice short little video about this bridge promoting it and it in a really professional manner with high production value and you have this whole proposal written out and how you can sell this bridge or make the site a beautiful place to come visit let’s say you’re in a certain town and this bridge is this amazing everyone’s gonna want to come to see this bridge once they see that page they have the proposal all laid out it looks very professional and it says so much more than just sending some random photos okay it tells a story has a lot more thought and effort into it and it shows that you’re a professional

 

So I would try to create a one page post on your or on a free site and send that link in your email to that person now my next way to make money is to license your footage now there are a lot of places out there like pond5 and other places where you can post your footage and people will buy it and then you’ll get a percentage of that however I think a lot of these stock agencies for licensing your footage we’ll make you that much money and for me I don’t really see it as a good business model instead what I’d recommend you do is either create your own and work on your search engine optimization or hire someone to do search engine optimization for you or take places in your talent like we talked about that bridge let’s say it’s a beautiful bridge or a beautiful building or a beautiful mountain or beautiful River whatever is in your town geographically or architectural II that’s really nice take some beautiful photos and video now it doesn’t have to be many fewer is probably better you could post that on Instagram would be a good place or on a YouTube channel that way it gets a lots of views you can say look if you want to use this footage and for personal or commercial use you can contact me put your email or however you want to be contacted and then you could sell it directly to that person now I would look up the prices I would say a good site would be pond5 because they have good pricing you can sell your video both as a 1080 version and as a 4k version that way you have different price categories for how it is same thing with the photos whether they want the raw photo or they want a JPEG you get to have different prices for how you distribute that those images in those videos

But make sure you price it high enough because you want to be on the race to the top not a race to the bottom and when you sell your images for very cheap or let’s say you’re doing a wedding or a real estate video and you price yourself really low you’re gonna devalue the entire industry so not only do you hurt yourself but you hurt the entire industry because then that person is gonna suspect that same rate and you really can’t run a business like that so I would say for wedding and real estate you price your stuff at about $200 of minimum per shoe and for stock footage licensing your images I would look at pond5 they have good pricing right there now another way to make money with your drone is to be either a blogger or youtuber or just make youtube videos or blog videos you don’t have to have that official title but you could just make a really good post it doesn’t have to be a lot but you can focus more on quality than quantity I think that will draw more traffic to you because there’s so many bloggers out there there’s so many youtubers out there it’s hard to get the traffic if your stuff isn’t really good so maybe you could make your video or your blog post in a really good way blog posts tend to do well if they’re really long YouTube videos tend to do better if they’re a little shorter and you’re saying well how do you make money well there’s two ways to make money the first way to make money is to do affiliate that’s what I do so if I teach a or I show you a different product let’s say this drone behind me I have the Mavic 2 Pro and I tell you all about the Mavic 2 Pro then I put a link either to Amazon or let’s say to DGI site and I’m a part of the DJI affiliate program I’m also a part of Amazon’s associate program which is another affiliate program so when you use the link that I put in the description and you buy that Mavic 2 Pro I get a certain percentage of that profit now affiliate programs you’re not going to get rich with just a few buys you have to get a lot to make some money at it so you’re gonna have to generate a lot of traffic and get a lot of people buying that product usually you can expect a commission of anywhere from like 4 to 6% around there and if you’re consistent with it you could make some decent money it all depends on so many other strategies so it probably wouldn’t be my first way to make money with your drone

But it could be a side way or another way that you do part-time starting out now another way to make money with your drone if you end up getting a huge following and a lot of people subscribe to your channel or to your website and to your blog post and then they want to get all that new information because you’re really good at that either you’re educating them or you’re giving them the latest news and so forth or you just have a great personality and you’re entertaining then you could also make money with Adsense so you could run ads on your website or on YouTube something called Adsense you could use that basically the commercial that came on before this video I get a couple cents every time someone clicks on it and stuff like that so it’s very small in Adsense really like I said is only a part-time thing especially when starting out you really have to get millions of views to make it substantial but it’s a good way to make a little side income while you grow your drone business now another way to make money with your drone is do inspections so you’re gonna need a good thermal camera I would recommend a FLIR camera and then you’re gonna need a drone like a mitrice 200 or you could also use the Maverick to enterprise or even the inspire one you can use a thermal camera on that

So all those drones will basically allow you to inspect things like roofs like pipelines things like that that people normally had to do by hand but now you can do it quicker and it’s much safer with a drone and that’s a huge growing industry although getting the jobs might be difficult I don’t have too much expertise in that but I know it’s a way that some people make really good money and I like to explore that myself but I haven’t done so but that’s a way you can make money with your drones so if you’re interested in that you want more information about that you want me to make another video I will do my research reach out to some people I know and I could make that just leave a comment below and I can do that for you alright next way to make money with your drone I would say is doing working with contractors or construction sites there’s so many ways that you can make money and just like you license your money like on pond5 or any of these stock websites or your YouTube channel or Instagram where you’re selling the footage to people who want to use it you can do the same thing with construction sites or basically real estate too for that matter because there’s so many people involved all right you have the contractor you have the architect the electrical persons the carpenter this person that person and so many more people so you can reach out and sell your videos whether that be a time lapse video an aerial video and Weiss a time lapse what I mean is you could take a picture overhead of the roof being built the entire building being built over the course of six months you just would have to go there maybe once a week and get that same picture ok so it could take time

 

But you have those photos and like I said you’re not just selling it to one person but you can sell those to a bunch of people now all depends on the quality and what you have you can make that look good it helps with everything I’ve talked about so quality over quantity and my opinion always is more important alright guys so I’m gonna give you one bonus way to make money with your drone and that’s mapping now the best mapping drone right now as of this you know that everyone is kind of like the go to mapping drone is a phantom for pro DJI phantom4 Pro and I recommend you get the RTK now if you have a big budget you could also go with a mitrice 200 series the RTK with that because it’s even more accurate and you can do so much more with that because it has like the base station and everything so does the Phantom 4 but the mitrice is a more sophisticated unit that you can use with software like drawn deploy picks 4d so the mapping industry is growing and basically you can take pictures of a construction site that’s going to be built agriculture there’s so many things you can do with mapping so personally I would like to get involved in mapping I haven’t done it yet but something I’d like to get involved with in the future if you’d like to see more videos about that leaving in the comments below I know it’s outside the realm of normal photography and videography that’s why I kind of left it down there till the end and I’m not sure if you guys want me to make videos like that that are more like enterprise solutions types of videos are you guys more interested in just your traditional photography and videography let me know in the comments below alright guys so there’s

So many options to make money with your drone and you may be a little bit overwhelmed by the end of this video so I would say concentrate on one thing at a time think about both what you’re interested in and what’s relevant where where you live for example if you live in Charleston South Carolina then weddings would be huge or that you live in New York City yeah there are tons of weddings there’s tons of wedding photographers videographers that you could collaborate with same thing with Charleston South Carolina if you live there weddings would be great if you live in South Florida or you live in Miami it could be real estate because real estate is growing so do some research in your town or maybe you already know your town really well and find out what the demand is and then figure out what you need now if you’re in a totally remote location then you’re gonna have to do other things like work online and educate people start a YouTube channel start a blog and find ways to make money licensing your footage online that sort of thing alright guys I hope you enjoyed this video and found it helpful if it was share it with a friend and give it a thumbs up also before I go if you haven’t done so download my free drone gear guide which shows you all my favorite gear software applications accessories etc you can download that free guide by clicking right over there.

I’m Brett Garamella, the drone pilot pro, and remember, Siempre Pa’lante, Nunca Pa’tra! Bricker mela here in today’s video I’m gonna give you nine ways to make money with your drone so let’s get right into it [Music] alright before we get into talking about how to make money with your drone you’re gonna need the right drone so I would recommend the Phantom 4 Pro that would be my go-to drone just the most versatile drone has the best photo or video quality without spending more than two thousand dollars and you’re not gonna want to spend too much money if you want to start a business right if you spend like ten thousand dollars if you have that money great.

 

Most people don’t so I would say around two thousand dollars is a good budget to start with so you want to get the Phantom 4 Pro you can also use it for mapping and other things now if you want to go lighter you could go with the Mavic 2 pro although the image quality I find is a little better right out of the box with a phantom 4 Pro Plus as a mechanical shutter and it shoots 4k up to 60 frames per second which is a Mavic tube Pro doesn’t and if you have a little patience you could also go with the hotel Evo 2 but I would go with the Evo 2 Pro so for right now as of this video I would go with the phantom 4 pro now one thing about the phantom 4 pro I will say I kind of still like my Mavic 2 pro better because it’s easier to fly the phantom 4 pro it still occasionally isn’t as smooth and it’s kind of like it has a little like jerk to it and a little like idiosyncrasies that you have to get used to it I can’t really explain it but basically flying it it’s easier to get that nice cinematic smooth footage with the Mavic 2 pro than the Phantom 4 pro however once you get used to the phantom 4 pro you can still get equally if not better results because the image quality is better in my opinion then the Mavic 2 pro but a lot of people get hung up on the gear there’s so many other things you need to work on to make money with your drone and having the right drone is just one part of that you’re also going to need a commercial license if you’re in the u.s.

So you’re part 107 license and you get this nice little card here you’re going to need that card if you make money with your drone so since we’re in this video we’re talking about making money make sure you take your part 107 test pass it and then you get this little I’ll put a link below and basically you can do a google search for cats and then find a testing area in your location and it’s usually at an airport or like an airport flight school that you take the test I’ll put a link in the description so you can find out more information about that let’s get into ways to make money so now you have your drone you have your part 107 license it’s time to make some money so the first way to make money I’d recommend is doing real estate real estate photos really includes any type of building whether that’s residential or commercial so you might want to take a second to think about your network of friends or people you know if you’re more in the commercial aspect and you have a lot of business small business owners and people you know that you might want to start with them if you have just a ton of friends and people who are looking to sell their house or people would just need pictures of their house you may want to do that however a better way to do it may be just reaching out to real estate agents and other photographers and videographers who already do real estate

So you could contact them and say look you’re doing a real estate video and I’m a great videographer with my drone would you like to team up or you could reach out to a photographer and tell them look I can provide you these aerial images and we and I we could work together that way you’re collaborating you’re meeting more people you’re making money and you’re expanding your contacts so I think that’s a good way to start out and that leads into my second way of making money with your drone which is weddings now when it comes to real estate or weddings people want an entire package they don’t want just aerial images they want an entire package so if you already have photography or video skills you can sell it as an entire package if you don’t then like I said you’re gonna have to reach out to a videographer or photographer and collaborate with them so it all depends on your skill set I say always work on your skill set that way you can sell entire package because while drone photography and videos are nice for weddings in real estate they’re gonna want ground shots they’re going on the video on the ground as well so work on your overall skill and try to sell it as a package if you’re just starting out and you have no contacts a good way to meet people maybe get work is to go to bridal shows or to go to a trade shows for real estate agents and architects okay just hand out your card or open up a booth and then people will come there you can get their contact information their emails or phone numbers and then just follow up that way all right another way to make money with your drone is to reach out to PR houses production houses and the Chamber of Commerce in your local city or area so think about the city where you live go to a Chamber of Commerce meeting and out your business card or get the contacts of people you meet and the same thing with Public Relation places or production houses try to meet with those people in person if you can it’s going to be a lot easier to start making money and getting jobs when you see people face to face but if you can’t here’s my little secret that I have that not a lot of people are doing

 

But I feel like it’s a good way to make some money so on your website or some other site like a free version of WordPress or blogger you could create a one page post on that one page post you’re gonna create beautiful images of your city or your location and basically let’s say you have a beautiful bridge or a beautiful building in your area let’s say a beautiful bridge you could write a whole description about this bridge take different photos or make a nice short little video about this bridge promoting it and it in a really professional manner with high production value and you have this whole proposal written out and how you can sell this bridge or make the site a beautiful place to come visit let’s say you’re in a certain town and this bridge is this amazing everyone’s gonna want to come to see this bridge once they see that page they have the proposal all laid out it looks very professional and it says so much more than just sending some random photos okay it tells a story has a lot more thought and effort into it and it shows that you’re a professional so I would try to create a one page post on your website or on a free site and send that link in your email to that person now my next way to make money is to license your footage now there are a lot of places out there like pond5 and other places where you can post your footage and people will buy it and then you’ll get a percentage of that however I think a lot of these stock agencies for licensing your footage we’ll make you that much money and for me I don’t really see it as a good business model instead what I’d recommend you do is either create your own website and work on your search engine optimization or hire someone to do search engine optimization for you or take places in your talent like we talked about that bridge let’s say it’s a beautiful bridge or a beautiful building or a beautiful mountain or beautiful River whatever is in your town geographically or architectural II that’s really nice take some beautiful photos and video now it doesn’t have to be many fewer is probably better you could post that on Instagram would be a good place or on a YouTube channel that way it gets a lots of views you can say look if you want to use this footage and for personal or commercial use you can contact me put your email or however you want to be contacted and then you could sell it directly to that person now I would look up the prices I would say a good site would be pond5 because they have good pricing you can sell your video both as a 1080 version and as a 4k version that way you have different price categories for how it is same thing with the photos whether they want the raw photo or they want a JPEG you get to have different prices for how you distribute that those images in those videos

But make sure you price it high enough because you want to be on the race to the top not a race to the bottom and when you sell your images for very cheap or let’s say you’re doing a wedding or a real estate video and you price yourself really low you’re gonna devalue the entire industry so not only do you hurt yourself but you hurt the entire industry because then that person is gonna suspect that same rate and you really can’t run a business like that so I would say for wedding and real estate you price your stuff at about $200 of minimum per shoe and for stock footage licensing your images I would look at pond5 they have good pricing right there now another way to make money with your drone is to be either a blogger or youtuber or just make youtube videos or blog videos you don’t have to have that official title but you could just make a really good post it doesn’t have to be a lot but you can focus more on quality than quantity I think that will draw more traffic to you because there’s so many bloggers out there there’s so many youtubers out there it’s hard to get the traffic if your stuff isn’t really good so maybe you could make your video or your blog post in a really good way blog posts tend to do well if they’re really long YouTube videos tend to do better if they’re a little shorter and you’re saying well how do you make money well there’s two ways to make money the first way to make money is to do affiliate marketing that’s what I do so if I teach a or I show you a different product let’s say this drone behind me I have the Mavic 2 Pro and I tell you all about the Mavic 2 Pro then I put a link either to Amazon or let’s say to DGI site and I’m a part of the DJI affiliate program I’m also a part of Amazon’s associate program which is another affiliate program so when you use the link that I put in the description and you buy that Mavic 2 Pro I get a certain percentage of that profit now affiliate programs you’re not going to get rich with just a few buys you have to get a lot to make some money at it so you’re gonna have to generate a lot of traffic and get a lot of people buying that product usually you can expect a commission of anywhere from like 4 to 6% around there and if you’re consistent with it you could make some decent money it all depends on so many other strategies so it probably wouldn’t be my first way to make money with your drone

 

But it could be a side way or another way that you do part-time starting out now another way to make money with your drone if you end up getting a huge following and a lot of people subscribe to your channel or to your website and to your blog post and then they want to get all that new information because you’re really good at that either you’re educating them or you’re giving them the latest news and so forth or you just have a great personality and you’re entertaining then you could also make money with Adsense so you could run ads on your website or on YouTube something called Adsense you could use that basically the commercial that came on before this video I get a couple cents every time someone clicks on it and stuff like that so it’s very small in Adsense really like I said is only a part-time thing especially when starting out you really have to get millions of views to make it substantial but it’s a good way to make a little side income while you grow your drone business now another way to make money with your drone is do inspections so you’re gonna need a good thermal camera I would recommend a FLIR camera and then you’re gonna need a drone like a mitrice 200 or you could also use the Maverick to enterprise or even the inspire one you can use a thermal camera on that so all those drones will basically allow you to inspect things like roofs like pipelines things like that that people normally had to do by hand but now you can do it quicker and it’s much safer with a drone and that’s a huge growing industry although getting the jobs might be difficult I don’t have too much expertise in that but I know it’s a way that some people make really good money and I like to explore that myself but I haven’t done so

 

But that’s a way you can make money with your drones so if you’re interested in that you want more information about that you want me to make another video I will do my research reach out to some people I know and I could make that just leave a comment below and I can do that for you alright next way to make money with your drone I would say is doing working with contractors or construction sites there’s so many ways that you can make money and just like you license your money like on pond5 or any of these stock websites or your YouTube channel or Instagram where you’re selling the footage to people who want to use it you can do the same thing with construction sites or basically real estate too for that matter because there’s so many people involved all right you have the contractor you have the architect the electrical persons the carpenter this person that person and so many more people so you can reach out and sell your videos whether that be a time lapse video an aerial video and Weiss a time lapse what I mean is you could take a picture overhead of the roof being built the entire building being built over the course of six months you just would have to go there maybe once a week and get that same picture ok so it could take time but you have those photos and like I said you’re not just selling it to one person but you can sell those to a bunch of people now all depends on the quality and what you have you can make that look good it helps with everything I’ve talked about so quality over quantity and my opinion always is more important alright guys so I’m gonna give you one bonus way to make money with your drone and that’s mapping now the best mapping drone right now as of this you know that everyone is kind of like the go to mapping drone is a phantom for pro DJI phantom4 Pro and I recommend you get the RTK now if you have a big budget you could also go with a mitrice 200 series the RTK with that because it’s even more accurate and you can do so much more with that because it has like the base station and everything so does the Phantom 4 but the mitrice is a more sophisticated unit that you can use with software like drawn deploy picks 4d so the mapping industry is growing and basically you can take pictures of a construction site that’s going to be built agriculture there’s so many things you can do with mapping so personally I would like to get involved in mapping I haven’t done it yet

But something I’d like to get involved with in the future if you’d like to see more videos about that leaving in the comments below I know it’s outside the realm of normal photography and videography that’s why I kind of left it down there till the end and I’m not sure if you guys want me to make videos like that that are more like enterprise solutions types of videos are you guys more interested in just your traditional photography and videography let me know in the comments below alright guys so there’s so many options to make money with your drone and you may be a little bit overwhelmed by the end of this video so I would say concentrate on one thing at a time think about both what you’re interested in and what’s relevant where where you live for example if you live in Charleston South Carolina then weddings would be huge or that you live in New York City yeah there are tons of weddings there’s tons of wedding photographers videographers that you could collaborate with same thing with Charleston South Carolina if you live there weddings would be great if you live in South Florida or you live in Miami it could be real estate because real estate is growing so do some research in your town or maybe you already know your town really well and find out what the demand is and then figure out what you need now if you’re in a totally remote location then you’re gonna have to do other things like work online and educate people start a YouTube channel start a blog and find ways to make money licensing your footage online that sort of thing alright guys I hope you enjoyed this video and found it helpful if it was share it with a friend and give it a thumbs up also before I go if you haven’t done so download my free drone gear guide which shows you all my favorite gear software applications accessories etc you can download that free guide by clicking right over there I’ll break your arm Ella the drone pilot pro and remember siempre Avante no cup a try

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