Can you make money with a drone

Drones in today’s world

Drone technology has improved quite a lot over the years and today drones are being used so much in all sorts of areas and applications.  From military applications where they are mostly known as UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems) to personal drones used by drone enthusiasts worldwide for purposes like racing, aerial photography and general entertainment.

With drone use increasing exponentially worldwide year on year and being a person who is always looking for new ways to make money online and offline as well my attention was drawn to the question “can you make money with a drone in Jamaica, the Caribbean or anywhere over the rest of the world?”

I did a bit of research into this and came to the conclusion that yes.  There are real ways to make money with a drone.  As a matter of fact, some of the ways that drones are used to make money came as a shock to me and i’m sure you will find them surprising too when i share them with you below.

So how can you make money with a drone?

Now there are drones, and there are drones 🙂   What i mean by that is that there are some drones that are very cheap for instance the Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 WiFi FPV Drone which sells on Amazon for $39.99.  Although equipped with a camera this drone is best for use as a toy or for pure entertainment and is not suitable to be used to make money.

Drones that are suitable for use to make money include the DJI Inspire 2 and the DJI Mavic 2 Pro on the high end, and on the lower end the Parrot Bebop 2 and the DJI Spark,  There was also another one that i saw on a beach the other day and was really impressed with.

That one was the ZLRC SG906 Beast Quadcopter drone.  it’s a cheaper alternative to the more expensive DJI and Parrot offerings and it flies great.  The picture and video quality is ok too.

Now that we’ve mentioned some drones that are equal to the task let’s move on to how we make money.

Best drones for making money

Taking Real Estate Photos & Videos

Drones are capable of taking very high-quality, captivating photos and video footage of real estate properties for sale.  Using a drone equipped with a high quality camera can provide a realtor with stunning photos and videos of both the interior and exterior of properties that are up for sale.

The elevated vantage point that a drone can achieve allows realtors to show off all exterior angles and views of the property for sale and as such provides a great tool for online real estate listings.

 Taking Aerial Photos & Videos

This idea involves taking photos and videos at unique places and attractions in your area.  If you live in a beautiful country like Jamaica which is a veritable tourist mecca with lots of beautiful beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and other scenic places.

This sort of place gives you the opportunity to take selfie shots and videos for the tourists who visit as well as local visitors.  Naturally, you are going to charge a price for this service.

You could also sell your work to the operators of the facilities at the beach or scenic spot.  They can then use that footage and still photography as a promotional aid to show the attraction to prospective visitors.  This can also be done for hotel properties, golf courses, gyms, spas, etc.

The idea of taking aerial photos and videos and monetizing them in this way provides a great answer to the question of how to make money with a drone in Jamaica.

Start a Youtube Channel

This is another great idea to use to monetize a drone.  With this one, you create your Youtube channel and upload your drone footage and images to it for people to see and subscribe to your channel.

After you’ve gotten to a specified number of subscribers as set by Youtube you can apply to be a part of their advertising partnership program.  Please visit this page to see the required number of subscribers and other requirements for Youtube partnerships.

As an advertising partner with Youtube, you will earn a share of the revenue from the ads shown to Youtube viewers when they watch your video content.  This revenue share has the potential to put a lot of money in your pockets.  Right now there are a lot of Youtubers worldwide who earn a substantial income from Youtube ads in this way.

If you build a large following of subscribers on Youtube  you can also approach local businesses with a proposal to create  aerial video footage of their businesses and post it to Youtube for your viewers as a method of advertising for which you would be paid by the business owner.

Here is an example of video footage taken of Jamaica by one of Jamaica’s Olympic champions, Warren Weir.  If you like the following work you can view more from Mr. Weir on his Youtube channel WeirzWorld Vlog.

Roof Inspections

It can be quite dangerous for a homeowner or insurance company to send somebody to climb onto a roof for an inspection.  These days there is another alternative available.  That’s using drones for roof inspections.

For a small fee drone operators can send a drone up and surveil the entire roof, making a video record of the condition of the roof for the homeowner or insurance company.

Wedding Videos & Photographs

This is another area where one can earn money with a drone.  Wedding footage and photos taken by a drone in the air circling the couple at shoulder level or circling above them to capture that aerial, bird’s eye view can add so much more perspective to a wedding picture set than can be achieved by traditional photography alone

Such drone photography at a wedding can become a very lucrative business for you if you can capture breathtaking shots and aerial footage of the ceremonies you film using your drone.  Pretty soon you could make a name for yourself and you could register with one or more wedding planning agencies like this one called Tropical Weddings where you can get called in to do the wedding videography for them whenever they have a wedding to plan.

Aerial Surveying

Now this one isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a qualified surveyor or GIS specialist then you could start your own part-time gig doing aerial surveying work with your drone.  You could even start a company and make this your full-time occupation.

Government agencies and some private companies would appreciate the service that you would then be able to offer and this could lead to some lucrative aerial surveying contracts for you.

Aerial Advertising

Companies are always looking for innovative new ways to advertise their products and services.  Advertising with drones is another new method that could become huge in the near future, but you can get into this now as a pioneer in this area.  Drones have slowly begun to emerge as a viable advertising method over the past few years.

Imagine having the drone flying a banner advertising an upcoming event as drivers sit in a never-ending line of traffic during a traffic jam.  Or flying a banner advertising the next happening party to a horde of spring breakers on the beach in one of those resorts.

Advertising presented like that would definitely be a novelty.  I mean who wouldn’t want to look when a drone flies by towing a banner.  Then there’s the case of this restaurant selling rice noodles in Russia who used drone-vertising to remind workers in high rise office buildings to come on down and get lunch.

Drone-vertising + Wokker from PM on Vimeo.

Conclusion

As you see the answer to the question “Can you make money with a drone?” is a definite yes.  Some of the possible methods to do this are quite innovative too and i know i wouldn’t have come up with some of them myself.

Can you think of any other possible ways to make money with a drone that has not been mentioned here?  If you can i invite you to please share it with us in the comments section at the end of this post.  I would be happy to hear about it.

I do hope that if you like a particular method that has been mentioned here and you can acquire a drone, you go for it.  All i ask of you is that you come back here and let me know in the comments how it is working out for you.

If, on the other hand, you would prefer to try your hand at a business opportunity that is entirely internet-based or you would like to learn how to do business on the internet.  Then i would suggest you read my post on My #1 Recommended Internet Business

Also, if you decide to use the Youtube Channel method of making money with your drone, you should read this post on Uploading Videos To Youtube.

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