Starting a Drone Business? – 5 years advice in 10 minutes

Starting a Drone Business? – 5 years advice in 10 minutes

5 years of drone industry insight in 10 minutes. Insight into what it takes to be a successful drone business. Including your plans, finance advice, and personal success. Not a paid advertisement for any classes or promotions. Honest advice from someone who has seen it all in the drone industry over the years. Please subscribe for more straight forward information on drones.

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50 Comments

  1. CSJ drones on February 23, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Great advice thanks very much. Iโ€™m brand new to this industry so fingers crossed I can build a social media following and things will take off ๐Ÿ˜‰โœŒ๏ธ

  2. Lance Dooley on February 23, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Didn’t know this was so serious. Lol I sign off on Aircrafts. Part 107 can’t be that hard to pass. Try the documentation on CFR 131 part 121 and part 145. Also dealing with repairs.

  3. Edwin Oliveras on February 23, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Thank you Justin, you’ ve made things very clear : one step at a time, very carefully and not get into big debts …just in case. Great presentation ! Your friend from Puerto Rico, Edwin Oliveras

  4. 358studios on February 23, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    I think the 346 dislikes are the people that want a drone and don’t want to hear the reality. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. caro baez on February 23, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    hola realmente buen video espero que sigan haciendo este contenido!!! Voy a seguir mirando sus creaciones. Les envio un abrazo chau ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  6. Forest Weston on February 23, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Great advice for anyone starting their own business, no matter if itโ€™s drones or anything else.

  7. Techguy on February 23, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Seems like you should start with a drone that won’t require you to mortgage your house and start locally with small businesses to prove the concept.

  8. MindRider-FPV on February 23, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    More of this.

  9. Matt C on February 23, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Yep only people making money are businesses selling drones or drone pilot training companies. So many experienced multi year veterans in many countries say that big companies do it in-house and there just isnโ€™t enough work out there to make a solid living. A few succeed but most donโ€™t. Way easier ways to make money.

  10. Arkadi Fomintsev on February 23, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    sso positive… sort of

  11. John Hackney on February 23, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    After doing aerial photography from airplanes for several years, I can attest that aerial photography is the greatest "part time" job in the world., but don’t give up your day job. Have fun and make some cash with this on the side. If you have trouble selling, just take a lot of shots of local interest and set up a booth in a local craft show . In addition to selling some aerial prints, advertise and talk to folks about shooting their property. It works and they come to you. Great fun and good money. You are offering them a unique perspective that they can’t get themselves, and they love it.

  12. Roy Giesbrecht on February 23, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    The drone industry is just Starting, the consumer cinematography business might be done but we just got a dji sprayer drone and holy crop this mad things amazing, its not flawless yet but once u get used to all of em software problems then stuff starts to go fast.
    Were looking forward to a multispectral drone, not a dji this time because it has to fly midday and from my experience a phantom sucks at the heat so a more experienced company like Parrot seems like a better idea.

  13. J. Allen on February 23, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Extremely valuable information and advice. Much appreciated. I am covering those bases. QUESTION:: You mentioned gov’t work. I have 20 years drone experience (the Gov’t intelligence ones.. The Big boys). If I have a current gov’t clearance what advice do you have as far as targeting customers and jobs in the Gov’t sector? Thanks again.

  14. Unboxed on February 23, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I think the advice people are looking for when they read this title is….. how do I know which companies need drone services (how to spot) examples of what you would say. Funny how everyone that makes a living with it doesnโ€™t really share the secret to make it work

  15. Will Berger on February 23, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Great real world advice!

  16. Billy Barton on February 23, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Great advices normally offends someone. Being able to buy gear doesnโ€™t equate success.

  17. Why O Why on February 23, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I am an insurance broker and got my part 107, the insurance to do this is super cheap.. through scottsdale about $750 bucks a years. that’s 2 million in GL and 10k in BP.

  18. campus vibes on February 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for your sincere pieces of advice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

  19. Allinthemind on February 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Well thanks I guess i quit

  20. Banner Drones Media on February 23, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Feels like you just went on the negatives and were very broad about it. But yea truth is its very hard to become a successful pilot for hire, especially when it comes to sports where you have all these drone pilots doing it for free which just makes it harder on the ones doing it for a living. But anyways follow your passion and be smart about it.

  21. JimmyJim Jammer on February 23, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Great advice on complementing your existing business with the drone.

  22. Gerrod Clarke on February 23, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Very informative! Thank you!!

  23. NicW on February 23, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    I like the no holds bared expose of the harsh reality of this but, now four years later.. how is the conditions/ opportunity and general nature of the whole quad copter Industrey laying out there now.. I know things must of Changed by now.. Elon Musk is serious about putting a colony on Mars, for instance(!)

  24. Bob Bullard on February 23, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    2 top check off points
    before starting a drone
    business:

    ( ) Have I made a true
    dollar and sense
    reality check?

    ( ) Am I willing to
    learn the craft of
    sales and truly
    apply myself to
    it?

    Beware the thrill of
    gear.

  25. Warren Kawamoto on February 23, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    FYI 2020 there are more than 150K people with Part 107 in the US, and growing.

  26. Robert Mayfair on February 23, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    There are exceptions, but drones are mostly a solution looking for a problem.

  27. damonK on February 23, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Can you write off drones as a business expense on your taxes?

  28. Navdeet Lal on February 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    RESPECT!!!…. FOR EVERY WORD AND THOUGHT OF YOURS. GOD BLESS KEEP GROWING.

  29. MetroEast on February 23, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Great advice!! It is important to have realistic expectations. Talk to any videographer/photographer, 70% of the business is making the connections and promoting yourself. I am not quoting the day job but I will see what I can make and at least make enough to pay for the drone.

    Thanks for posting.

  30. PJ on February 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Great advise for anyone going into business.

  31. MABdrone FPV on February 24, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Nice tips!

  32. Terr Ivan on February 24, 2021 at 12:03 am

    New mortgage? Lol I’m starting with a mavic mini 400 usd.

  33. Bradford Oakmont on February 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Can’t say this video was worth watching.

  34. Travin on February 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I’m looking to get into drones for a hobby, but might do photography, Standard DSLR and Drone, for a couple Realtor friends. It’s something that I can do on weekends for a few hours for a few extra bucks. Not really a business model, but a good little side hustle after I get my 107 done.

  35. Bobby on February 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    You can make a little bit of money but you are going to be working a lot, I made lots of money doing government contracts flying drones with Insitu(a Boeing company) and Tesxtron(Aerosonde) we provided overhead watch for the military….other than that good luck but I really dont see it unless you have gigantic money backing such as companies like Matternet…..odds are you will not be successful unless you are selling products to consumers…….pipe dreams

  36. Brandon Percell on February 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for some great feedback

  37. Thorkild Zinck on February 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for the honest presentation. It makes one think it over and sleep on the idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Bobi A380 on February 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Drone business should be easier to get than a real commercial airline pilot lets go make some money guys

  39. dbarker79 on February 24, 2021 at 12:07 am

    This video made me a subscriber. Thanks for an awesome honest take on the business. It’s actually just what I planned; start off slow on the side. Thanks for the advise and video.

  40. Justin Davis on February 24, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Haha holy shit. We have the same name. I can’t believe it

  41. David Christie on February 24, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Smart advice that can be generalized to just about any business.

  42. Eric Campbell on February 24, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I doubt I could find 100 jobs in a 200 mile radius over 5 years. Appreciate the honesty over the schmucks profiting off of selling unobtainable dreams to the wide-eyed.

  43. Elmar on February 24, 2021 at 12:10 am

    mortgage on the house to start a drone business spells d.i.v.o.r.c.e.

  44. Robbie JK on February 24, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Take the FAA 107 test and it’s a joke. Has nothing to do with Drones. Alot of bullshit.

  45. Jim Anders on February 24, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Brilliant and honest video, thanks much!

  46. mypostedvideos on February 24, 2021 at 12:12 am

    Thank you for changing my mind. This is a Great! Video, for people like us who gets excited to get into Drone business. Now that Iโ€™m educated from you, instead of making it myself I rather invest in successful running Drone companies. Thank you again, for saving my money.

  47. jve89 on February 24, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Why are all these people in your examples go all in without any experience? Why not starting small with a cheap second hand drone?

  48. Icen roz on February 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Hey, Needed sincere advice. I have taken some basic training on the drone flying, but i am more inclined toward the processing part of the business. I feel my i can build more strength on the analysis of the data and the presentation part of it. Pl advice whats the best way to start. Have watching some webinars on drone deploy, but wanted to know if i can learn on the go or need to take a full time course from drone deploy or any one else. Pl suggest!!!. Many thanks

  49. WhatAnActress on February 24, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Would you only recommend an expensive drone?

  50. Brian Harris on February 24, 2021 at 12:17 am

    The advice is decent but what else? Clearly you’re still in the game…so instead of all negative considerations why not some strong pointers on how to make it work. What about 10 mins of that?

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