Drone franchises are becoming available as the business uses for commercial drone pilots and drones continue to expand. Drones are used to carry out tasks such as surveying of vast farm lands, delivery of parcels, monitor and count wildlife and livestock, geographical mapping, search and rescue operations, monitoring pipelines, road patrol, general commercial photography and motion picture filmmaking. Our previous article lists more drone business ideas.
As a franchisee, you will be the one that makes the business work, not the franchisor.
The bottom line is that franchising gives you the best of both worlds: the freedom to be your own boss, with the back-end systems and support of a trusted brand to set you up for success. So, if you are looking towards starting a drone related business, here are some of the drone franchises available in the United States of America.
1. Drone Nerds
Drone Nerds is franchising in the United States of America. Franchisees offer drone sales, repairs, and flying lessons. The company was founded in 2014 and they have been franchising since 2016. Drone Nerds has her corporate head office at 320 N.E. 1st. Ave. Hallandale, FL 33009 and the current CEO of the company is Jeremy Schniederman. The company has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, and payroll. Franchise fee is $24,900 and 4% of sales. Drone Nerds has a couple of company stores and one franchisee from what information can be found on their franchise activity.
As a Franchise Owner of Hommati, you’ll offer a wide range of innovative and much needed services to real estate professionals. 3D interactive tours of homes, aerial drone video and still photos, sign placement and removal services, door hangers, Hommati website and app are some of the products included in packaged marketing services to realtors. The days of Real Estate Agents just putting a sign in the yard, holding an open house and advertising in the classifieds are gone. Agents need to provide their clients with innovative technology to stay competitive in todays real estate market. That’s where Hommati franchisees offer exceptional service. Franchise fee is $18,900 and 7% of sales. Hommati started in 2017 and had 26 franchises in 2018 and continues to grow fast in 2019. Greg Waters is a franchisee in Lakeland Florida and provided his comments for this article. “Owning a Hommati Franchise has been a wonderful and fullfilling experience. As a Commercial Helicopter pilot, entering the world of Drone flying has been exciting. Aviation has been in my blood since I was a kid. I have truely been amazed at the quality of video and stills that the drones produce. Each job has it's own unique challenges in order to get the best shots possible. It's rewarding to finish each job and watch the final product. I also find myself improving on the quality of each job and planning out new and unique shots. It's almost like not working!”
BirdsiVideo is a commercial drone service company in the United States of America who offer franchising. As a BirdsiVideo franchise owner, you will receive focused start-up support and ongoing support as well. Comprehensive training includes UAS (“drone”) systems, flight training, marketing and business development, FAA federal regulations, FAA Part 107 exam training, and application of new research and development techniques. The company will also help you locate and hire drone pilots/operators as well. BirdsiVideo was founded in 2014 and they have been franchising since 2016 with 16 franchises as of 2018. BirdsiVideo has her corporate head office at 420 W. Main St Carmel, IN 46032 and the current CEO of the company is Mr. Josh Kneifel. The company has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover franchise fee, startup costs, and equipment. The Parent Company of BirdsiVideo is Birdseye Video Franchising LLC. The initial franchise fee is $45,000 and 10% of ongoing sales.
4. Expert Drones
Expert Drones has a proven business model that can help you get involved in the drone industry by selling the hottest drones on the consumer market. Their design team and world renowned group of drone sales and unmanned aerial vehicle experts provide you with the necessary materials and personnel to start your very own drone business. Expert Drones coordinate with mall or retail leasing representatives for design approvals, and provide necessary marketing materials during initial set-up phase. This includes being added on their website to their retail locations, and a Google Ad Words package that their team setup to direct local/regional consumer traffic to your location.If you are interested in buying this franchise, please visit their website and make use of their contact form to request for additional information. 6 difference locations are currently listed on Expert Drones website.
5 Recon Aerial Media
Recon Aerial Media believes that drone services can benefit and even thrive within a highly regulated environment. Drone franchise services is suited to this environment and can provide a structured approach to safety, flight operations, regulatory compliance, training, client services and marketing. Your drone franchise will broadly serve companies and clients who need aerial inspections, assessments and multimedia imaging. Recon Aerial Media franchise model will provide you with the tools, support, backbone and partners network to give you a significant head start. You choose your “specialization” like photography, mapping, precision agriculture, etc and together they will turn your drone business dream into reality. They can work together to target your niche market while maintaining the flexibility to respond to new market opportunities as they present themselves. Recon Aerial Media’s goal is to create drone franchise opportunities that offer a practical solution, and offer the franchisee choices and that will simplify business startups. Your focus will be on marketing and creating opportunity rather than toiling in administration, research and the drudgery of setting up a business. Recon Aerial is based in Canada but offers a streamlined licensing and services package to US “franchisees”. Initial license appears to cost up to $15,000 with 5% royalty on ongoing sales.
6 Measure, the Drone as a Service® Company
Measure, the Drone as a Service® company cofounded by well-known Wall Street investor Robert Wolf, has announced a nationwide drone franchise operation, Measure Nationwide™. The franchise hopes to bring qualified drone operators – all holding pilot’s licenses per FAA regulations- into the Measure family, providing commercial customers with insured flights, as well as with standardized data products for different industries. In return, the company promises protected territories and a full range of support services through Measure’s powerful lobby in Washington, training, software, and account leads. If you are interested in buying this franchise, please visit their website and make use their contact form to request for additional information. The Measure website reflects two franchises in Colorado and Ohio.
Dronebase is similar to an UBER platform for commercial drone pilots. Dan Burton is the company founder and headquarters are in Santa Monica California. The Dronebase app allocates drone flying DJI drone jobs to commercial drone pilots and pays them upon completion. DJI is a Chinese technology company, located in Shenzhen, Guangdong. They are recognized for manufacturing sophisticated equipment known as UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone. Dronebase is funded from venture capital investments including and investment by DJI. Dronebase is more of an industry aggregator than franchise but it’s large independent pilot network using its app is similar to a franchise model or UBER network.
FlyGuys enterprise sales division brings great benefits to clients across industries, which generates missions for pilots. As FlyGuys grows, your drone pilot business can grow too. There is no cost to join FlyGuys pilot network. Once a member, you’ll be eligible for drone missions matching your qualifications, and will have the opportunity to expand skills into new areas to grow your eligibility. You’ll have access to the upcoming FlyGuys Pilot Marketplace with a growing list of free and paid services at great discounts to help build and manage your drone business. Don’t need business services? No problem, you can become a member of the FlyGuys Pilot Marketplace to simply log your availability for mission referrals. There are several other UBER network commercial drone pilot aggression services.
9. Drone Pilot Ground School
Before you can start a drone business a drone pilot must pass an FAA test to fly commercial drone missions. Headquartered in Nashville, TN, Drone Pilot Ground School is the leading online drone training course and test prep program for the FAA Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Test. Since launching in 2016 when the FAA first opened up the Part 107 commercial drone regulations, Drone Pilot Ground School has had over 20,000 people enroll in their training course. Over 99% of students who report back pass the FAA test on their first attempt.
10. UAV Coach
During a typical one hour in person drone flying session you will meet with an expert and friendly instructor in a convenient outdoor location, like a park or athletic field. Learn on a popular DJI drone model provided by the instructor. Have 45-60 minutes of hands-on flying time to master orientation, basic flight maneuvers and more advanced flight skills. Get an explanation and walk through of the DJI Go 4 app.
Learn how to handle obstacles such as lost GPS, low battery charge or emergencies.
Practice flying under various intelligent flight modes. Capture photo and video at your flight location. Understand best practices of being a safe drone pilot. Ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, and more.
Drone franchises are new in a growing industry that is transitioning as drones become a useful commercial necessity for various activities. Hommati is the most active franchiser listed here as its focus is primarily real estate advertising related. Drone pilot networks like Dronebase and FlyGuys help customers access a national network of drone pilots easily to find an on demand solution locally.