Another episode of the Federal Aviation Administration’s podcast named “The Air Up There” is live, and it’s another installment dedicated to drones. This latest episode of the FAA Air Up There podcast is all about drone entrepreneurship.
In this latest episode launched in June 2021, drone entrepreneur Eno Umoh shares the possibilities for careers in drones, while explaining why it’s important to teach future generations of drone pilots how to fly safely. Umoh is the co-founder of the Global Air Drone Academy, an organization intended to help young people realize the entrepreneurial benefits of drone piloting.
What else you need to know about drone entrepreneurship
And there’s no shortage of careers in drones. Beyond just flying or building drones as a drone pilot or drone engineer, the drone industry lends itself to unique career paths including even bizarre job titles like bee keeper, drone costume designer, and even beer maker. Even as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the world economy, the drone industry continued hiring.
But of course, you don’t need to work for someone else. The drone industry lends itself well to entrepreneurs. That includes freelance drone photographers, consultants who use drones to help industries like agriculture or construction, or even yours truly (me!) as a writer. Look to people like jill-of-all-trades Kara Murphy who seemingly does it all — writing, photography, consulting, public speaking and more.
“Diversify your income stream. Don’t rely solely on one or two clients and/or sources for your livelihood,” Murphy said in a 2020 interview with The Drone Girl. “Having several streams means that if one goes away, you can still remain afloat. It also gives you the flexibility to turn down projects that aren’t an ideal fit or don’t make sense for your brand.”
The FAA’s Air Up There podcast
This is the second episode in a less-than-a-month period where the topic is drone-focused. In an episode released in mid-May 2021, the host, Dominique Gebru (who admittedly doesn’t know much about drones), learns everything she needs to become a certified drone pilot, as well as the dos and don’ts of drone flying from FAA drone expert, Danielle Corbett.
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