Turning a hobby or interest into a business is the dream of thousands of people every year. When it comes to drone flying, it really is possible and doesn’t have to just be a dream. As with starting any business, determination, a desire to learn new skills and persistence are required. But thousands of people across the UK are now making money from drones, either as a full-time business or to supplement other income.

What do you need to make money with drones?

You’ll need some working capital to get started in a drone business of course. Fortunately, the technology has improved so rapidly in recent years that for many types of work you don’t need to invest in high-end aircraft. New models like the Mini Pro 3 can capture incredible quality images and video footage. As well as the drone itself, you may also need accessories such as spare batteries, propeller guards and a carry case. Drone Safe Store can help with all of these and give you advice about the equipment you’ll need for different types of work.

If you are operating drones above 250g you’ll need an A2CofC and a GVC to lessen restrictions. Again, Drone Safe can advise you on the qualifications and permissions you’ll need to operate legally as a commercial drone operator. You’ll also need appropriate insurance - both to cover your equipment and Liabilities such as damage to third-party property.

How can you make money with drones?

There are many different sources of potential income for drone operators. Some do require more specialist knowledge and equipment, so if you’re starting out it’s best to keep things simple with things like aerial photography for property marketing. If you have experience or connections in other industry sectors you may have a natural route in. For example, if you’ve worked in construction you should consider drone property inspection work.

Other ways to make money with drones include -

Can you make money with Drones in 2022?

How much can you earn from drones?

It’s important to be realistic when you’re starting out, but not to undercharge for the work you do. Some jobs may be good for experience, but you also need to cover your costs. Working in partnership with other drone operators - as a ‘spotter’ or second pilot - is a great way to learn the ropes. 

Typical rates are around £250 for a roof inspection. Most drone operators charge per full or half-day depending on the type of work. You can also charge travel rates on top. Remember that most jobs will need some post-production works such as collating images and editing footage, so make sure you allow for this when pricing an enquiry.

How do you get clients?

In the digital age, any business needs a website and presence on social media. Most clients will either search online for a drone operator or at least want to look your business up to find out about you and see examples of your work. Networking with other local businesses where your services may be required is a great way to build regular work.

By joining Drone Safe Register you can get access to local enquiries and network with hundreds of other members to learn more about making money with drones. For details of membership packages click here


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