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Are you considering purchasing a drone? Drones have, for a while now, been considered among the top inventions of the past few decades. Of course, they have been around for quite a while, but not for personal or commercial use. Drones have various applications, most of these are beneficial, but have you ever asked yourself how they can benefit your business?
Commercial drones can take your business to the next level. They are a great addition to all in one technology solutions. They can boost your work efficiency, increase the services you offer, make you more money, create new brand opportunities for your business, and the list goes on.
I understand that you may have concerns about drones, many people do. In the wrong hands, they can be intrusive or even dangerous, but that is why there are rules, regulations, and restrictions placed on them. When these are followed, drones can be a fantastic tool!
Drones and business
In the United States alone, there are more than 1.5 million registered drones and drone operators. Roughly 400,000 of those are commercial drones.
These numbers represent a significant amount of business opportunity. It is estimated that in 2020, drones used for business purposes will see spending upwards of $20 billion.
Drones can give your business a strong competitive advantage
For simplicity, let’s say that you own a photography company specializing in real estate. Imagine being able to offer the ability to photograph homes from the air.
You can give the homeowner or potential buyer a completely different view than they would be able to get elsewhere. They could check out the roof themselves, and they can get a clear picture of the property lines from the air and more.
Drones give you the ability to make emergency assessments
Sometimes life happens in not so pleasant ways. Drones can help you see what you are dealing with in a hurry so that you know where to focus your time, effort, and resources.
Drones can benefit your business by promoting community engagement
Aerial photos of the area that a person lives in are always interesting. Let’s say you take an aerial photo of the location of your business, and you then have this image enlarged, printed, and hung in your office. People who walk past or through your office will take the time and stop and see it.
Alternatively, you can take these enlarged prints and offer them to other businesses in your community as a generous gift that just happens to have your company information located on it. It’s a neat advertising tool that people will love because it is unique and exciting and makes people stop and look.
Drones can benefit your business by easily allowing job site monitoring
If you own a construction company or other business that focuses on outdoor work, drones can help your business by easily allowing Jobsite monitoring.
It’s hard for a security guard to catch everything on a job site walkthrough. While security and law enforcement supply stores can get them fitted with the correct gear, they can’t get them a bird’s eye view like a drone can.
Drones can create more jobs for you
As we have previously mentioned, having a drone can give you an advantage over others in your field. That means more customers and more contracts to come your way potentially. What we didn’t mention is that this can mean more money and the possibility of more employees for your business.
Some things to remember about flying drones
As we mentioned earlier, there are some rules and restrictions to drone flying. Of course, you should check out the FAA website for all of the specifics from here are a couple of things to think about before you fly:
- You need to register your drone and get licensed.
- There are no-fly zones in effect. There are no-fly zones in many places (within 5 miles of an airport, for example), so you need to be aware of the location of these no-fly zones to prevent yourself from breaking the law.
- You must stay low. Flying above 400 feet is a no-go for the FAA, this is where emergency aircrafts fly as well as commercial aviation, and you do not want to interfere with any of those.
- Keep your drone in good working order by having any repairs done by someone who knows drones inside and out. This is not a tinkering project you should take on. Maintenance specialists should be DJI Certified Technicians.
Do you use drone technology in your business? What tips would you offer to others who are thinking of doing the same?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.