Frequently Asked Questions
Is Drones Unlimited® a surveying company?
NO. We are not licensed surveyors nor claim to be. However, we may work side by side with surveyors.
Is this a franchise?
It is very similar. We are licensing Drones Unlimited® to qualified drone pilots to use as leverage for their business. Qualified pilots will do business as Drones Unlimited and receive mentorship and support.
How is this different from a franchise?
A franchise is considerably more expensive and more restrictive to the franchisee. For example, some franchises require you to operate only within one industry. Drones Unlimited licensing is a more flexible solution. Drone pilots now have the opportunity to perform in multiple industries under the powerful Drones Unlimited name.
Is there a buy-in to become a D|U Pilot?
Yes. Buy-in price varies on location.
How much is the buy-in for the license opportunity?
You can expect our one time licensing fee in the range of $8,000 to $25,000. In comparison, a franchise fee can be expected to be $35,000+. This price varies per location and your experience.
What do I get for the buy-in?
The one time buy-in includes branded Drones Unlimited® material and embroidered apparel in a custom supply crate. This also includes a custom web page and business cards. Here's an example of a D|U pilot web page,
Is there a monthly fee, how much?
Licensees will contribute a FLAT nominal monthly royalty fee. Franchises typically require a royalty fee and percentage from each of your jobs. With us, you keep what you earn but only contribute the flat royalty. Our royalty fee is $300/ month.
Why the royalty fee?
The royalty fees will contribute to the on going support and updates needed for pilots. We are mentors and a team for you. When we receive calls or inquiries through our website, we send the customer directly to you. Our mentors are experienced drone pilots and photographers who make a living doing just this.
As a D|U Pilot, will each job have a royalty due?
The monthly royalty fee is flat. You can make an "Unlimited" amount of money from your jobs for a flat monthly royalty. You do not owe us anything for the jobs you perform.
Can a D|U Pilot back out and revert to their old business name?
Yes. You may back out with notice. Any fees paid are non refundable and you may not use the Drones Unlimited® name for business after cancellation. You can still perform drone services but not utilizing anything confusingly similar to the Drones Unlimited trademarks.
Can anyone buy-in and become a Drones Unlimited® pilot?
We have minimum requirements which include an active 107 Remote Pilot certification and proven flight experience. A background check may be performed.
Do I have to make a new LLC or business organization?
We can walk you through these steps.
Can I accept payments as "Drones Unlimited"?
Yes! As a licensee, we will walk you through how your current bank can accept payments as "Drones Unlimited".
Can I sell Drones Unlimited® merchandise as a licensee?
No. Licensees will receive a generous discount towards any Drones Unlimited® merchandise and branded material for personal use. This opportunity is not for pilots to be in the retail space.
Who pays for my marketing?
As a Drones Unlimited® pilot, you will be representing this brand in your location as your own boss. We have an in house Online Marketing Specialist that is here to guide you in the right direction whenever you need it. (marketing restrictions apply)
Will other Drones Unlimited® Pilots compete with me in my area?
No. There will be a gap between pilots. That means if your location is taken, we can not offer that location to anyone else. If a licensee backs out, another person can purchase your location.
If I am a Drones Unlimited® pilot, may I contract other pilots to perform my jobs?
No. Only the licensee can use the Drones Unlimited® name in commercial services. You may collaborate to get the job done. Drones Unlimited is not to be represented by anyone other than to licensees.
Do we have unlimited drones?
Drones Unlimited branding policies.
Our trademarks and other brand features are protected by law. You’ll need our permission in order to use them. For permission requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Drones Unlimited generally does not permit its members, third party developers, partners and the media (“you”) to use its name, trademarks, logos, web pages, screenshots and other brand features. Narrow and specific exceptions are detailed below. Any other uses must obtain prior approval from Drones Unlimited.
We never approve the following types of requests because they violate our Terms of Service. So please don’t ask permission to:
• Use our trademarks such as Drones Unlimited in the name of your business, group, event, product, service, app, domain name, social media account, or other offering,
• Use our trademarks more prominently than your product or service name,
• Use our trademarks on promotional materials that you are distributing or selling,
• Modify our trademarks or combine them with any other symbols, words, images, designs, or incorporate them into a slogan, or
• Use our trademarks in a way that implies affiliation with or endorsement by Drones Unlimited of your products or services.
If you have a partner agreement with Drones Unlimited, the agreement requires you to seek permission in order to use our trademarks or brand features.
Note that even after you have received specific permission to use our trademarks or brand features, you agree to adhere to these Policies and specifically to the Use Requirements and Terms.