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Looking to start a UAV business

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Ermes Natale Tucson, AZ

I'm a licensed sUAV pilot (part 107) looking to start my own business. I have no idea where to start, who to talk to, or what to offer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

25 March 2019 3 replies Small Business

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Advisor

Patrick E Alcorn Arlington, TX

Contact your local SBA resource partners at the VBOC, SBDC, SCORE or WBC for assistance: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/?address=85701&pageNumber=1

They offer free assistance and have the tools you need to get started.

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Advisor

Nicholas Fazio New York, NY

Ermes,

While this particular industry is not one that I have any experience in, the previous advisor's response applies to a variety of service businesses. Before going any further, you also should ask yourself these questions:
1. Who will be my customers?
2. What services will I provide for them?
3. Why will they be willing to pay for it?
4. What will they be willing to pay?
5. Who is my competition and how can I distinguish my business from theirs?
6. What capital do I need to enter the market?
Once you have thought about these generalities, you can then strategize your targeted marketing, client cultivation, tactical specifics of operation, and the like. Service businesses are very difficult in the beginning. Developing a track record and a client base takes time and effort. Be willing to play the long game.

Feel free to contact me off-line if you would like to discuss further.

Advisor

Phillip Nelson Tyrone, GA

Hi Ermes,

Thank you for your service. This is a space that is very segmented today with individuals like yourself looking to provide this type of service. There are some emerging franchise brands that are also getting into this space as a result.

For someone looking to start their own business, you have the basics down (107 license). The next factors you should look into are:
- insurance.
- marketing.
- developing a referral network of potential customers.

Like I say, there are some franchise concepts that are emerging into this space. They have that type of infrastructure in place which can help expedite getting into business. The focus then turns into more of a sales and marketing role.

Regardless of which way you elect to go, you cannot avoid sales so that is something you can start tackling now.

At any rate, there are a few different directions you can venture into. If it makes sense, let's set up some time to chat and I can share some more details with you on what is happening in the industry from a franchise perspective.

Thanks!

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