Create a children's book website. Anyone can author a book. Also, the books would be free to read online. The site would need to be colorful and fun. It may need big arrows to signify turning a page. If a person wanted, a hard copy of any book could be created, ordered, and shipped. Profits from the hard copy books would be split between the site and the book author. A rating/review system for the books could also be added.
Create a company that provides benefits packages for startups. The company would enroll startups and pool the resources together to get better rates. This is not possible in all states. Some possibilities for benefits would be: insurance(health, dental, vision, life), 401k plans, Aflac, and discounts on products.
The United States Government is working on legislation to allow anyone, not just certified investors, the ability to invest in early stage companies (startups). This is called crowdfunding. Create a website/mobile app that would facilitate the process. It would need to maintain individual shares. It would need some mechanism for setting a stock price. Think something kind of like etrade but for crowdfunding.
Kitchen Guerrillas. Recruit food and beverage professionals to put their services up for hire on their days/nights off and come to your house for your party/gathering/family meal. Have different levels of service for the amount of money you wish to invest. For example: New Years eve party with kitchen staff preparing apps, appropriately dressed servers, bartender could go $350.00 plus food and beverage costs.
Fully seated 5 course meal with professional chefs, servers and a mixologist would go for $750.00 plus cost of food and beverages.
Prices are just ideas. It all comes down to how much is your time worth and how much are you willing to spend to have that time free. Professionally prepared food done to your specifications with a professional waitstaff and bartender? That's money kids.
HTML5 Arcade App - users buy tokens via IAP on mobile devices which then then use to play arcade style games in a virtual arcade. Persistant high-scores and achievements a must. Individual games can be played for 10c and bought permanently for $1.99. This app monetizes the rising crop of amazing indie HTML5 game creators.
My buddy and I play ping pong a lot and we like to track our stats against each other to see who wins/loses more often. What we want to do is create a mobile and web application that will allow you to send challenges to your friends for any game that is played offline (anything from Beer Pong to Scrabble to Basketball) and track your stats against your friends in all the games you play so you can see how you stack up against others.
Create a website where schools could easily create a school website. The school should be able to point a URL to that site. The site should allow schools to easily create pages for teachers and classes. It should also have sections for extracurricular activities and a calendar. A school should be able to use as many or as little features as possible.
The problem is many schools do not spend the time and money to create a nice-looking, usable website. Then charge schools an annual fee to host the school website.
Create a site to allow people to donate money to a cause for the completion of a service. For example: I will donate $40 to Compassion International if someone rakes my lawn. It would combine volunteering and donating. The site could track the amount users donated and the amount raised by volunteers.
Create a device for tracking distance traveled in small places. For example, the Children's Museum in Minnesota has tons of blocks and a few conveyor belts. Children put the blocks on conveyor belts and move them around. It would be fun to know how far each block travels per day. GPS would not really work because the blocks stay in the same room.
For computer geeks, go sit by and watch non-technical people work. After a while, offer suggestions of how the person could save 1 hour per day. Charge a fee for this service. Also, make sure the non-technical person has asked for this service first.
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Online Account Billing For Utility Companies
I would like to be able to check all of my utility bills in one place. For example, I can go to my cable company's website to check that bill. I would then have to go to my electric company's website to check that bill. Make one site that could hold all that information. It could have a standard template for billing information, and it could track the cost of utilities over time.
Create a website that certifies other websites as suitable for children. You could charge sites to be certified and give them a badge to display on the bottom of the site. Also, a directory of children's certified sites could be created. This idea could be expanded to create a general rating system for websites.
My wife and daughter frequently leave me hand-written notes. It would be nice to have a way to snap a photo of the note and save it on the internet. The photos of the notes would have to remain private. There are photo sites on the internet, but I do not know one that specializes in this type of photos.
Create a new way to take photos for children's sports. Here is an idea. Take action photos of the players during a game. Then post those photos on the internet and have parents order the photos they want. Then parents will get to see the photos before they buy, and the photos will be much more fun and memorable.