Need Help Starting a Drone Business

Hi there,

I am a 17-year-old FAA-certified drone pilot with a Part 107 license, and I have been flying drones for several years now. I have a good grasp of piloting skills and experience in editing videos and photos using Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and Lightroom. Alongside this, I own a DJI Air 3, manage multiple social media accounts with content, maintain a website with my own domain, and I have recently acquired business cards for networking purposes.

Now, I am at a crossroads and looking for guidance on the next steps. Some suggest I should start networking face-to-face, but I’m uncertain if that is the most effective approach. The business side of things feels daunting—should I consider forming an LLC? What do I need to know about managing taxes at this stage?

Any advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.

It sounds like you’re all set to kickstart your drone business. Online and local networking can both pay off. You can check out drone groups too. Consider setting up an LLC for legal stuff and get a handle on basic taxes. Show off your skills online and think about getting insurance for your drone. Clear contracts with clients will also keep things smooth. Keep pushing ahead with your skills and connections buddy.

I would suggest that maybe you try content creation. It pays well, plus it is a good way to market yourself. If you are thinking of forming an LLC at this point then you need to consult a business attorney to give you guidance.

Also, since you are 17 years old, you do not have the legal capacity to form contracts. Once you open a company you will need to get into contracts with your clients and since you are 17 years old, you will be incapacitated

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This is the main issue that I perceive with this topic. A “drone business” is a nonentity. You must focus on just one purpose for the drone. marriages? Property? Prints for sale? Charting?