Babysitter Agency: This idea isn't anything new but there are some questions (which I have searched high and low on the internet for with no luck). There are always people looking for babysitters in my area. So I was thinking about starting a agency for babysitters. I was thinking about hiring qualified babysitters. I would do background checks, check driving records, fingerprint, reference check and more. I would also have them CPR and first aid certified. I would charge them(the parent or caregiver) a fee such as $11-$12 an hour and take a portion and give them other portion to the sitter. Possible Issue: Getting the sitter to stay with the company; they might decide to take the middleman out and just deal with the parents directly. I was thinking about something like earning hours for sick pay or something to entice them to stay. I have been searching for information regarding this kind of business but not much luck. ___________ Niche Retail Store I was thinking about a niche retail store in my area. I was thinking about electronics but that can get pricey and with a local Wal-Mart it might be difficult to compete in this area. I was thinking about a gift card store. I was thinking about buying bulks of gift cards for a discount; enough of a discount to pass this along to the customer. I would think that with high gas prices selling gas gift cards at a discount would look pretty good to the customer. _____________ Create a Coupon Book I was thinking about contacting manufacturers to get permission to place their coupon in the book. Eventually when I get enough manufacturers for the coupon book, I would have the books printed and work out a deal with the newspapers distributor to place book in Sunday newspaper. ____________ Feedback and advice is very much appreciated, thank you in advance.