Top 6 Drone Business Ideas for 2020 | Mr MPW
Everyone it’s, Matt Williams from mr. mpw calm and welcome to today’s. Drone expert secrets, video in today’s. Video now that the dust hopefully has finally settled – or at least we kind of know where the wood is from the trees.
With regards to the drone registration scheme, let’s, move on and work out how we can build successful businesses within the drone industry. So today we’re gonna look at the six best ways you can get a drone and set up a drone business.
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So today, moving on from all of the stuff that’s gone over the last couple days in the UK in particular about drone registration. We’re gonna look at the six main ways that we have seen over the years.
People starting businesses either starting a business by using their drone or ideally – and this is what we see – people who are the most successful when they incorporate this – is by adding a drone into what you already do using a drone as a tool to help you improve Your processes or help solve a problem for someone help provide a solution for somebody there’s, actually the best way of doing things rather than set it out now and thinking.
You know what I’m gonna get a drone. I’m gonna get a website. I’m gonna get the permissions that I need to go and fly commercially, and I’m gonna make millions of pounds if you’re in that bracket. I’m afraid to say that for 999 out of a thousand people that that applies to it’s, probably bad news that probably isn’t gonna happen.
So let’s. Look at the six ways! You can include a drone into your work or you could build into what you currently do and perhaps use a drone to do things better or add in as another branch to what you do.
For example, are you a surveyor? If so, not only nowadays do we want to go out doing traditional ground surveys, consider adding a drone in and how that could help you deliver better data sets and therefore get more clients and hopefully make more money so that’s.
It I don’t know drone into what you want to do is the best way, particularly if you’re going into an industry that you all already have some kind of grounding in. You already have a network in so whether you can penetrate it into easily an ad.
The drone in is going to work out best. So, first of all let’s. Look at the first thing that people generally tend to go to when they get a drone, which is a media or production company. Really I guess there are three main ways that we can include a drone into this.
Now we back in the day set up a bear: successful media company based purely around aerial work. We had a lot of expertise in the field. We were already aviators. We flew helicopters with cameras on we added drones into our offering and pardon the pun.
It took off, we did lots of business, we had some great commissions, we had some incredible aeroplanes and an aircraft and drones. You know – and I’d like to say we were lucky, but we weren’t. We worked very hard at that, but we definitely added it in to our offering as an aerial media, /, rider and leveraged our network, so that was the best way and that’s, where you could go that’s, where we see A lot of people kind of looking to go at the moment and if you can, if you have contacts in that network, if you are, you know, established in or know people in the film and TV world, then that is definitely a way to go.
But adding in as I’ve said already, is the best way to do this. Other things think about. Could you add a drone into what you do and get aerial shots for the press and for media it’s, a great way of doing things.
It’s, one of the revenue streams within the aerial media business that we see doing quite well. Another one which is now coming to the forefront increasingly in this space is stock. Footage go out, get some stock footage.
Yes, the royalties generally aren’t very good on the stock footage side of things, but they are getting better and it’s. Definitely something that if you are capable of getting good drone footage, if you’re capable of getting good drone photos, and actually you know what I’m gonna throw into this a little one for free for you here.
I wouldn’t just necessarily say that it needs to be things around from the air from your drone. I would get photos of setting your drone up of having your drone in certain situations, so that actually thinking about how I’m gonna go away and do this now, that is what we buy when we have to buy stock footage and stock Photography for websites, for example, and with more and more people needing that kind of data, that kind of photographed that kind of video.
That might be something that you want to consider as well, not just the footage from the drone but footage of your drone and setting it up and doing the planning of things around it. The second way in which you could add a drone into what you do you all start to build a new business around is surveying modeling and 3d mapping.
For me, this is one of the biggest growth areas within the drone industry. Now, what we start to see is that gaming studios are starting to pick up on the amount of 3d data that we can collect in a landscape or an environment in or around a building site.
For example, we went to Chernobyl a number of years ago and captured the 3d data, which is actually used in a film, but now has also been used to create a level within a roleplay game. So this is something that I think is going to be kind of used more and more.
If gaming Studios aren’t already jumping on this, I don’t know why they aren ‘ T make sure that if you can offer this go away and learn how to do it, we ‘ Ve got a course coming in the next couple of weeks, which will show you how to do this kind of thing.
This wasn’t intended as a blog, but we ‘ Ve got a course coming. It will show you how to do this, learn how to do it get good at doing it. Add it into what you can offer and contact a load of gaming machines to see if they want your 3d point cloud data, another one from that post-production houses.
We actually had a company when we first started teaching the permission for aerial work, as it was back kind of five years ago. Now one of the first clients that we ever had come through was a post-production company who specialized in going out with a lidar system a laser detector and Raijin system, and they would go out.
They would capture a point code of a set for a a film and they could then deconstruct the set they could blow it up and all that sort of stuff within a computer against a green screen. That was what they did now, that’s.
Moving into the drone space so think about how you could go out and capture 3d data, a 3d point cloud and deliver that to a post-production house, moving on then into surveying and commercial data and inspections.
Now this is a massive growth space. You know getting that data capturing it delivering it up to a developer, delivering it up as part of a Commission in terms of going forwards and doing a costing analysis.
We’ve, seen lots of survey companies now starting to capture this data. It isn’t too late, though, if you want to be able to add that in go away, learn how to do it. But the most important thing is that don’t forget the data that you’re.
Capturing isn’t actually worth that much unless it’s qualified and it needs to be qualified by it. An approach really qualified persons so go out partner team up with collaborate with a survey company who doesn’t have the drone kind of experience that you might have that you might be able to bring to the table partner up with them and offer To go and collect some point clouds, some data clouds for them deliver them the data.
They can send a surveyor out to do the ground control points that they can qualify the data and that then becomes a really really valuable data set. You can make a lot of money next, one roofing or structural surveys and inspections of assets where the traditional method would have been to work at height.
This is one of those places where drones can definitely help to solve a problem. They’re, a solution to a problem that exists and that kind of problem really is risk. So if we’ve got people working at height.
Invariably, there’s, a lot of insurance cost involved with that there are lots of personal risk involved with that, potentially we’ve got to put things up like scaffolding, we’ve got to have people who are qualified to Work at height, whereas bang we could potentially throw a drone up capture that data and again, potentially, I would suggest partner up with someone who already does this offer them the opportunity to see how you can collect the data that they would generally have.
To I mean we’ve done dams in the center of Wales, which we managed to do a dam in half a day. We’ve collected the data in half a day. No-One’s been at risk. We’ve had a drone capture that picked the data set.
We’ve, then annelotte. Well, we’ve learned processed that data into a 3d model. The 3d point cloud, a huge author mosaic handed that over to the relevant people, so that they could then do their analysis of that data, which makes the data worth a lot of money.
Pass. That data on to the appropriate people who needed the data in the first place and we saved on those dams it used to take six weeks for people to do these dams of working at height, pen and paper abseiling down.
We could do those in half a day. It’s, an absolutely massive, not just cost reduction, but also risk reduction, and this is where really the OSC the operating safety case we’ve got another video about that.
I won’t labour it now we’ll drop that down in the description below that’s, where the operating safety case comes to its own, because the CA actually will look at the risk credits. So how are you taking something that is risk and explode, exposes people to risk and reducing that risk by using a drone risk credits are a big thing in the aviation industry at the moment, the other one in this is wind turbine inspection.
So, looking at wind turbine inspections, you know we’ve done thousands of wind turbines. Across the UK we had one of the biggest wind turbine inspection contracts in Europe. Over the last few years we’ve.
Now handed that on and passed that baton over to other people, because we don’t work in that space anymore, we concentrate on the training, but once you know what you’re doing, it actually can be done really simply really efficiently.
Really quickly and again, the cost savings and the efficiency savings that that passes on to the people who own and operate those wind turbines is massive and shouldn’t, be underestimated. The fourth one off thermal inspections.
Now the cost of equipment to conduct thermal inspections is coming down and it’s going down quickly. It’s worth bearing in mind there. If you do want to do thermal inspections, it’s likely. That will be some form of qualification required or again collaborate with somebody else who is qualified and get them to qualify.
The data on your behalf. We’re, seen now, people using or doing huge inspections on massive scales for things like PV cells for the solar farms, the solar cells that you see out there. You know to work out which cells are going bad, which cells are dirty and need cleaning, and this is only going to grow as we invest more into renewable energy.
So a definite growth market well worth looking at getting into. Although elements within this thermal and kind of, I guess outside of the red-green-blue imagery and data collection – is agriculture, agriculture now are embracing.
The agronomists are starting to embrace data. They’ve used satellite data for a long time, but satellite data is very expensive. You can’t, always get bang up-to-date satellite data. So why not use a drone capture that data from the air team-up collaborate within an agronomist so that they can have those datasets on hand able to use and react to them appropriately to increase the yield and kind of efficiency of farming? And that comes into the NDVI and near-infrared spectrum.
You will need specialist aircraft, specialist data capture sensors for that, but definitely something to look at the final part within the thermal element is search and rescue search and rescue is a growing market.
I would say, within the drone space we’ve, seen over the last couple of weeks. Just before doing this, video people are starting to use drones now to look for people and animals that have gone missing and some have been found, which is an absolutely incredible application of the technology, and I think, as more of this happens, there will be more requirement For agencies to bring in people who have that capability who have the equipment and you will be able to make money from that, get some contracts, collaborate with your local police force, your local fire and your local search and rescue.
You know mansion rescue. If you’re up in the mountains and the Highlands collaborate with those people get known by them, find them on LinkedIn wherever they hang out and offer your services and see if you can build a relationship and then build a business from it.
The fifth thing is wedding: photography now wedding photography. We see this coming at us all the time we get wedding photographers on courses because they know that they need to be able to deliver the drone shots that wedding couples want.
I wouldn’t say you can build a business on its own within the wedding photography business just by having a drone, but it’s. Gon na be an add-on, and I think it’s becoming one of those things from what we’ve, seen within the industry, where people want it more and more and if you don’t have that capability.
You won’t, potentially be chosen to get the wedding photos or that couple, the final one – and it would be remiss of me not to point this out – is training. That is what we’ve double down on. If you’ve not been staying up-to-date with the kind of channel so far we’ve exited the data collection data delivery space in the UK, so that we’re, not in competition with the people that we’re training we don’t think that’s fair, but training is definitely an incredible way to make money from drones.
We’ve built an entire business around it and we’re growing now, because we’ve doubled down and we’ve gone for training just to put a bit of meat on the bones of that. Within that training things to think about practical training, if you’ve mastered your craft.
If you’ve mastered the art of flying a drone. You know you know how to kind of get someone to use the camera on their drone. In a better way than they would do if it was just in Auto, we charge a hundred and forty nine pounds an hour for people to spend time with our instructors because they’ve spent years learning.
We know hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of practice, and now we try 149 pounds now or it’s, not a bad way to make a living. We also now have master classes and go out and make your own. If you have a specialist subject, you know there are people out there who are begging within the drone industry to know how to and be taught how to edit films how to grade footage.
How to put a show reel together, create a master class around this show people to get best shots from their drone, how to collect data in the best way how to present that data, and you will do very well.
The final part of the training piece is continuous professional development and consulting it’s. One of the things I do again, if you’ve, been following the channel for any length of time. If you’ve been following us over on Instagram, if you’re not go over to Instagram.
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A I was gonna say brief, rundown, but a fairly, I suppose, in-depth overview of the six main ways. We see people making money in the drone industry today really interested in space to be in definitely growing at the moment and growing quite quickly, despite the CIA, trying to put the brakes on despite the Department for Transport trying to put the brakes on, you know really Interested in space to be in lots of money to be made, if you can master your craft, and I would say that the key takeaways from it are – you need to be adding a drone into a business.
You need to be delivering a solution. Solving a problem with the use of a drone and – and I can’t stress this enough collaborate and partner with other people who might be able to use your services rather than going out and trying to get 50 customers go to the one person Who & # 39? S got 50 customers where they could use you as a solution to a problem, and you ‘
Ll have immediate access to those 50 people. Yes, you might not make the full amount that you would normally charge, but 50 lots of 100 pounds is much better than one lot of 50 pounds. Okay, I hope you found that useful.
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