Drone rental is becoming very popular. This is due to the ever-increasing cost of commercial and especially professional drones. Also, some locations prohibit flying of drones unless you have special permits and licenses. Add to that the escalating demand for high-quality video content, drone rental may soon become a need for content creators.
Due to this trend, we’d like to go over some things that would make renters and rentees enjoy the process of drone rental.
As someone renting out their drone, it is imperative to go over some things to ensure that your investment is safe, your business stays profitable, and your customers keep coming back.
Know Your “Why”
First, you need to know why you’re renting out your drone. Your “why” is the most important aspect of your business. If your drone rental business was put up to help content creators achieve high-production-value content, then you’re on the right track. On the other hand, if your drone rental venture’s only goal is to make money, then you’ll eventually lose steam and eventually fail. Business is not just about money, it’s about your relationships with your customers as well.
Next, you’ll need to determine how to keep your investment safe. This means that in order for you to maintain your drone rental business, you need to ensure that your drones won’t break due to misuse. Now, how do you go about in doing this? There are a few ways to ensure that your drones are always in good hands, even when you’re renting them out.
- You can include an attendant or pilot with your drone for every rental. This way, no one but you or a licensed/certified staff of yours will handle your precious drone.
- Avail of drone insurance. Marketplaces like iRentMo offers insurance to items such as drones and photography/videography equipment. This gives everyone peace of mind.
- You can be picky with your drone rental clientele. You can require CAAP issued RPA Controller Certificate for those who will be flying for commercial purposes. Or they can just avail of your attendant/pilot.
Rules are Rules
Aside from those policies above, you also need to make sure that when you rent out your drone – you still need to ensure that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)’s rules of UAV/drone flying are always followed. Be very strict about this, because flying drones can be dangerous especially if you use bigger, professional equipment like the DJI Inspire.
Professionalism is Key
There are a lot more ways to ensure that your drone rental goes smooth, easy, yet profitable. It’s just a matter of being careful about how you go about in securing clients. Remember, it’s not just about the money; it’s also about relationships. If your clients are also serious about their business, they will surely understand your approach in maintaining your own business.