Tell us a bit about your business.
Infinity RPA is a commercial drone business servicing Australia and based on the New South Wales’ central coast. I have always wanted to own and operate my own business. After some lengthy research, I decided to combine my passion for aviation and the business skills I learned from my corporate career.
After gaining my remote pilot licence and completing my remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operator certificate (ReOC), I founded Infinity RPA—infinity for infinite possibilities and RPA for remotely piloted aircraft. I specialize in various forms of aerial inspection: asset inspections for local government offices and private enterprises, agricultural mapping, solar farm inspections and insurance assessments.
The market perception of drones has changed a lot. Drones are now seen as a tool that can efficiently and safely gather data. Jobs that are dangerous, like inspecting telecommunication towers, can now be inspected by a drone. This makes the process safer and more efficient for the service provider and provides a more targeted approach to maintenance.
I have differentiated my business from others by diversifying. I have the drone aerial inspection business and drone consultancy. I am also the Australian distributor for Drone Scan. Drone Scan is a revolutionary platform incorporating drones, barcodes and RFID scanning to check warehouse inventory.
I also saw a need for a better way to purchase drone technology so operators can stay in the game. Technology is changing rapidly and customers expect the latest and greatest. It was very hard for operators to grow because the cost to purchase the technology was out of reach.
So, I decided to create Infinity Drone Finance. I have joined with a leading finance company and an aviation insurance company to offer short- and long-term leasing options for RPA operators.
We cater to new operators who want an initial setup of hardware, software and training bundled into one monthly payment. And, larger, established businesses looking to manage cash flow better and purchase the equipment required to fulfill a contract or tender.
What are your favorite tools or resources that help you do business smarter, and how have they made a difference?
I utilize LinkedIn to connect with the appropriate people to move my business forward. This has been a valuable tool and saved a lot of leg work. I use Google to research industry trends and new technology offerings.
What advice would you offer to businesses like yours just starting up?
Do your research on the industry and the opportunities. Contact a local operator and see if you can do some work to gain insight into the day-to-day operations and see if it’s for you. You will need some money behind you for remote pilot training, suitable drone software and insurance.
Find your niche, do what you’re passionate about and you will be successful.