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Just Starting a Small Drone Business...Have a Lot to Learn

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I've been flying drones for 5 years. Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification 2017. Recertified 2021. I have a Spark, Mini 2, and just purchased a new Phantom Pro 4 V2.0. Will form a LLC and evaluate Insurance packages.

My initial focus will be on Agriculture. Then after cutting my teeth, I will look at other market segments.

I'm hoping the the forum will be able ease my entry in running a small drone business with the countless decisions that have to be made.

I have watched many YouTube videos and read many web articles on how to start a drone business. Rather than making a lot of costly mistakes and trying to reinvent the wheel, I am hoping I will be able benefit from your experience....you've been there and done that.

I have made no software purchases of any kind. Right now, I'm concentrating on just getting to know and mastering the functions & features of my new Phantom Pro 4 V2.0. First things first...baby steps.

Then I will start to evaluate automated flight control and processing packages...DroneDeploy, Dronelink, Pix4DMapper, Precision Mapper, etc. as well post processing editing software...Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, etc. I have already done a cursory look at all these kinds of software packages. But I have no where near the knowledge base to even begin to properly evaluate them.

I worked for Motorola for 30 years in IT Management. I think that's a sufficient introduction. You asked what time it was and instead I told you how to build a watch...gordo
 

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I've been flying drones for 5 years. Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification 2017. Recertified 2021. I have a Spark, Mini 2, and just purchased a new Phantom Pro 4 V2.0. Will form a LLC and evaluate Insurance packages.

My initial focus will be on Agriculture. Then after cutting my teeth, I will look at other market segments.

I'm hoping the the forum will be able ease my entry in running a small drone business with the countless decisions that have to be made.

I have watched many YouTube videos and read many web articles on how to start a drone business. Rather than making a lot of costly mistakes and trying to reinvent the wheel, I am hoping I will be able benefit from your experience....you've been there and done that.

I have made no software purchases of any kind. Right now, I'm concentrating on just getting to know and mastering the functions & features of my new Phantom Pro 4 V2.0. First things first...baby steps.

Then I will start to evaluate automated flight control and processing packages...DroneDeploy, Dronelink, Pix4DMapper, Precision Mapper, etc. as well post processing editing software...Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, etc. I have already done a cursory look at all these kinds of software packages. But I have no where near the knowledge base to even begin to properly evaluate them.

I worked for Motorola for 30 years in IT Management. I think that's a sufficient introduction. You asked what time it was and instead I told you how to build a watch...gordo
Happy to chat with you about our drone services franchise - Blue Nose Aerial Imaging - if you're interested. Much of our focus is to provide solutions/support for many of the concerns you mention. We're always looking for teammates!
 

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I've been flying drones for 5 years. Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification 2017. Recertified 2021. I have a Spark, Mini 2, and just purchased a new Phantom Pro 4 V2.0. Will form a LLC and evaluate Insurance packages.

My initial focus will be on Agriculture. Then after cutting my teeth, I will look at other market segments.

I'm hoping the the forum will be able ease my entry in running a small drone business with the countless decisions that have to be made.

I have watched many YouTube videos and read many web articles on how to start a drone business. Rather than making a lot of costly mistakes and trying to reinvent the wheel, I am hoping I will be able benefit from your experience....you've been there and done that.

I have made no software purchases of any kind. Right now, I'm concentrating on just getting to know and mastering the functions & features of my new Phantom Pro 4 V2.0. First things first...baby steps.

Then I will start to evaluate automated flight control and processing packages...DroneDeploy, Dronelink, Pix4DMapper, Precision Mapper, etc. as well post processing editing software...Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, etc. I have already done a cursory look at all these kinds of software packages. But I have no where near the knowledge base to even begin to properly evaluate them.

I worked for Motorola for 30 years in IT Management. I think that's a sufficient introduction. You asked what time it was and instead I told you how to build a watch...gordo
Welcome to the forum....what is your location if I may ask. I'm in SW Missouri.
 
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Welcome and best of luck to you. If you aren't directly involved with the ag business, you may find it a tough one to break into.
 
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The first thing you have to decide is whether or not you are in a business or a paying hobby.

If you have a business, you need to carefully consider all the costs you have, before you quote a job.
You have predictable costs, like insurance and ones that have to be calculated by job, like mileage.
The cost of Insurance per job, for instance, goes down the more jobs you have. The same thing applies to battery and other equipment replacement (a function of how many jobs you get).
An estimate of your expected workload helps you with your costing, but that will get much more accurate with time.

One of my immediate problems right now, is the increased cost of gas. I've had to reduce my standard range and add an increased inflation factor into my mileage due to the gas prices.
Remember, you also need to pay yourself for driving to and from a job.

I'm seeing jobs online that pay as little as $50. I'm suspecting that the people taking them, aren't even breaking even, but don't realize it.
 

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