I'm in the USA, and I was considering getting a pilots license with the idea that I could have like a small charter plane and make some money.
However, I learned that after getting the 'initial' license, it's prohibited to charge anyone for a flight. I've heard that pilots can sometimes do contract work teaching others to fly, but I'm not sure even that can be done with the first license people can obtain.
I'm not sure of the license expense that is required to be able to charter a small plane for someone, but maybe that's the only way to see any ROI on a pilot's license?
Is there any way to make any money without becoming a W2 pilot for some airline, or is being a pilot mostly just an expensive hobby unless you have fulltime pilot career aspirations?