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  1. Hey guys! I'm finally part 107 certified and looking for my first drone. (NOTE: i'AM NOT NEW TO FLYING DRONES, just being officially certified) So a quick FYI. I live in Idaho drone industry here sucks not a lot to do...yet. My wife and I are moving to Colorado next yearish, her father has talked with a company about integrating drones into their platforms for inspections. They are wanting thermal images as well. So her father has the mavic pro 2 already, I'm also short on cash at hand. Here's where you come in... Should I Find a drone with only thermal specs? or both a dual camera, like the mavic 2 enterprise. I have found a cheapish drone on amazon called the parrot which I liked, has 4k and thermal. Price was 1,700 used or 4,300 new. The thermal isn't the greatest quality but I cant afford the zenmuse xt2 for $12,300 and then either 3,500 -6,500 drone to mount it on either lol. However that is the end goal and will get there eventually...fingers crossed. so If any of you guys have any road maps to help me get started in the right direction I would appreciate it. I am wanting to go the thermal route though. I was also curious about if you can switch out the camera on the mavics? If that is the case it will to my head ache of which direction I will want to take, but give me hope.
  2. I would love to know where you have found these said dones and how you found them for so cheap.
  3. Hey @Steveb I'am glad to see you over here! Maybe some day I'll be able to be a guest at your weekend get away once you get it up and running. Your reply is most helpful and I will definitely give that a try. I'am struggling to nail down a business name that will catch peoples attention or that is abstract. As to your question Mr. @Alan Perlman has generously put together an online course for individuals who are seeking their part 107 FAA drone pilots license to fly commercially. website is https://www.dronepilotgroundschool.com/ I have recently completed this course and took my first practice quiz 2 days ago! I'll be attempting 1 more before scheduling my actual exam just to make sure.
  4. Hi @Alan Perlman and @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach Thank you guys. I'll be revisiting this page quite frequently. You have given me a lot to go off of and a great nudge in the right direction. Again Thank you and honestly none of this wouldn't be possible with out you guys.
  5. Hi @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach Thank you for your response, I am excited to tell you that as a newbie and starting from scratch that at least I do know that I'am interested in the photography/cinematography as well. What I enjoy is being able to catch these moments of beauty and whether its over time or a short period be able to tell a story with it or share it with others. So it sounds like what you are doing is what I want to be doing. I do have a military background so I wouldn't mind doing aerial mapping or inspection services contracted out with them either. However one of the main purposes of this venture is that I want to get away from working for someone else and start working for myself, while providing an invaluable service to the community. So as a Brand name and slogan... huh yeah I have been putting some thought into that for a while now, at first I was thinking /Threshers aerial photography/ or Eagle eye droneography. I have a unique last name so that helps but I feel like its too original so I'm stuck there. For now at least I still have time and who knows maybe something will come to me. As for the slogan I like "seeing the world from above" or "small wings seeing the bigger picture" I don't know got any ideas? I agree about the online presence, I was curious to know if there're any specific websites that would best suit a portfolio. I will check WIX out on the website building. I am currently looking into Envira Gallery, I don't have anything posted yet. As for the foundation of operating systems I did plan on setting up a business email, also wanted to have social media pages as well. In my business class a lot of individuals are using social media to find adds or services. I did not put a lot of thought into the phone so thank you for recommending the app. Also the online payment option, and as an invoice system there's quickbooks. I'm not entirely sure if it works as an invoice system though, does Square? Legal contracts, I know there are plenty of websites to build your own I was wondering what you had on yours and if there was anything specific I should have it? And last but not least what editing software do you use? I've looked into adobe premier pro, Photoshop and lightroom. Also I do plan on taking some classes to learn this software and become familiar with it but they don't offer these classes where i'am at until January. Unless I want to get my degree and go back to school, which isn't a bad idea and a degree would be nice to have I just don't have that time anymore. thank you again -Justin
  6. Hi @Alan Perlman Thank you for your response. Don't worry about the delay I have been helping bounce ideas off of @Steveb on a weekend get away in Spain, under the business forum. I will check out the drone jobs guide and see if there's anything in my area that i can find at least to start off with. Both @Chase Flynn | UAV Coach and you talk about setting up a portfolio based website, are there any websites in particular that you would recommend? As of right now one of the few gallery websites I've looked into is Envira Gallery. This site caught my attention because they also have forums that visitors or clients can read for tips. I have subscribed to the magazine "Entrepreneur" To help keep me motivated and I like hearing or talking with others who have been successful. I will look into the suggested reading material as well. Again Thanks @Alan Perlman for time and input.
  7. Hi Steve Sounds like you have a great start already, Also this would be a perfect time to get an aerial photo of your property with the tents setup. I believe that would be a great photo for your business and customers. What type of transportation do you have in mind/ or set up for your guests? I would look into a shuttle van that can support 5 to 15 passengers and luggage. I would also look into a smaller vehicle for quick trips (more cost effective). How far outside of town are you? Maybe bicycles can be an option as well. or scooters/mopeds. Another expense but maybe in the future. Beverages are pretty cheap depending on the type you are serving so that could be as little as 5 Euros per person. Now food is an expensive cost especially having some one prepare and serve it to your guests. Now keep in mind there's 2 options you can take buy in bulk and make your food from scratch, (this route is cheaper food cost but more in labor) or you can buy prepared food and its effects are reversed(cost higher for food lower for labor.) Also what type of breakfast are you serving? A traditional dish from Spain or a broad dish everyone can relate too? I was a chef for a couple of years so I definitely have some experience there for you. Answer how are you going to cook it, who is going to cook the food, and how will it be served? Hmm... The rest I feel you have more expertise than I but I am enjoying bouncing these ideas off of you and are grateful to be helping you with what I can. looking forward to your reply
  8. Hi Steve I almost forgot to include that accidents do occur so I would also look into bundles that come with or for the drones you buy. Examples would be carrying cases, remotes spare batteries/charging ports, new wing blades for the drones ect... example this would be a bundle buy to get started, i.e. website below. There are also maintenance bundles that only include spare parts. Also where you buy does matter. Amazon doesn't offer warranty but i'm sure you could buy one for extra cost vs manufacture will offer replacement policy options and or warranties. This route does tend to be more expensive though. Like I said just do your research and find what best fits you. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=dji+mavic+mini+bundle&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiYW44fKX5gIVjyCtBh2X7gXuEAAYASAAEgJruPD_BwE&hvadid=397158919403&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1016216&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=14630576284991362931&hvtargid=kwd-839485424068&hydadcr=2140_9908310&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_8dtbvyklub_e
  9. hi Steve As a drone operator If my wife and I traveled to Spain I would definitely consider your place as a stop. How ever I would bring my own drone and of course research the laws where ever I went before operating. Also here in the U.S. we have AirB&B I'm not sure if those are else where around the world but it would be a good starting model for you. I would look into how their model is built. However I would not business with them! Also with that being said I would look into cheaper options to those who have their own. (reduced price). ect. Another thing to look into is the Possibility of building small 2 person huts/cabins on your property in a secluded area as to not take away from the beauty of your property either. Of course that would require plumbing and power but just the bare necessities to keep the experience as a vacation. Also include converting power strips some tourist don't know that different countries have different power plug ins. hahaha. I would look into offering photography lessons to guest who stay with you, so that would require a licensed photographer. Along with the tour ideas you already have this would be a great combo to offer. As for for your drones/rentals you will need protection/insurance to cover any damages to property or persons so look into that aspect. https://www.skywatch.ai/blog/drone-insurance-for-businesses?utm_source=uavcoach.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Blog_CaseStudy_dec1 As for your drone question my personal favorite are from a company called DJI You can look at their website at https://www.dji.com/. Right now they have a Mavic mini for $399 plus tax and many bundle options. This drone is the size of your hand so very small and fragile, yet easy to transport and a good start for beginners and your business venture. However there are plenty of other good drone companies to choose from, your going to have to do your research and find what best fits you. Um also with this type of business and offering drones to people your going to have to implement a security policy to insure somebody doesn't walk of with your property. Example mark drones with a number #1 #2 #3 #4 ect. and their serial number according to said number along with the name and contact info of whoever is currently handling that drone, I would use a computer for this because paper is expensive and bulky. well Steve I hope this gets your gears rolling a bit further and everything works out for you! Best of luck and looking forward to seeing you on here again. Justin
  10. Hi everyone I asked mike about this form to see if there were any tips or advice I could get about starting a business using drone aerial footage (photos/video). However I'm not really sure where the market is for for this type of work yet. So I guess my questions are: 1) where should I be looking? 2) Who should I contact? 3) and whats one of the best ways to start? 4) what will I need? I am currently taking your course, I'am on lecture 7.5. I've also already looked up the closest testing center. So the first initial steps have been taken. Some of the ideas I have bouncing around are Military contracts, real-estate, and business ventures. Which none of this I know any about really. Then on the side for fun/hobby I have shot some nature photos with my father in laws drone for practice until I get my own. Any advice would be greatly appreciated and thank you for taking time out of your busy life to share your passion with the rest of us.
  11. Honestly I would try going into the local businesses and offering services in person. It helps build rapport with the business/people and the community and through networking and word of mouth can land you quite a few jobs. other than that there's always military contracts you can bid on. (quite the hassle to get set up though). I know this isn't much help but its a good start.