Droners.io is a service much like other neoliberal capitalist ventures like Uber, thumbtack, Bark and care.com. They set up a website and bring freelancers and individual business owners together with clients (the consumer, you or a business who needs services).
The business model is that they set up a website and it brings people together with others who provide those needs. Then they take a cut from both parties.
This review is about my experience as a business owner on droners, we provide drone photography and videography services.
Droners is for drone pilots who own drones and need freelance independent contractor work doing photography videography thermal imaging or survey work.
It's good in that they ONLY take a cut from you if you get paid or if you get hired. (not so with bark and thumbtack where you pay just to be contacted even if they never hire you!)
It is also good because they VET the pilots so they do check the license. But anyone can do that by just asking for it;)
Here is what is bothersome - this is for the photographers out there. The pay is WAY and I mean under 50% of industry standard. The real estate pay offering is something like $80 for what they call 'ground stills, interior exterior". Many drone jobs require one drone flight with stills or video (same pay) AND ground stills, interior exterior, sometimes just exterior and for that most only pay $100.
For ex one job for aerial stills and ground stills will only pay $100. A job with 5 buildings, interior exterior ground still and drone flight with stills pays $180. This would normally be about $350. Granted these rates are set by those hiring, for which droners is just a facilitator, but just know, there is not much listed on here and what is, is paid VERY low compared to industry standards in any area. This undercuts other photographers. The pay also doe snot vary by region.
On top of this droners takes a 10% pay cut - so if you do a $100 job for someone you only get paid $90. It is basically for college kids starting out. This review is only about the low end of the the drone business, so if you own a high end drone this may differ. But for photography and video - the pay is measerly - I only take jobs when I have absolutely nothing else going on and even then I feel ripped off. ONe can tell that it is for beginners because the client instructions even remind you to charge your batteries! How hilarious is that.