Hi Rick, you had very good in ideas....
I wanna be honest, some months ago, i though about a game to get a real job, in a RPG world.
Is the same idea you wrote, but with the possibility to convert COINS in real money by PayPal.
i do an example:
You accept a job from the list, we imagine you subscribe for a "Language Translator" job.
So when other users need a translation, they keep their 2.5D character (avatar), and come to your shop market (you bought using some coins you bought in the beginning).
Now i give you the file to be translated, and i see the price.
Imagine is 10 GG, so i accept, and the work go in your queue.
When you complete the job you submit it and get the coins.
You can convert 10GG in 10$ via PayPal.
Now the problem is to think all the work can be done on a PC, so coding, graphic design, 3D, translations, etc....
The ambient is in 2.5D so ISO, and every user that bought the starting package for the job, get a desktop, based on the job.
Another example... you can be Math professor, so a kid can come to your shop to get help in Math School problems for 2/4 GG...
Can you imagine how many jobs can be done???
Can you imagine how many peoples can find a job from home?
No costs to go to job office with car, no costs to pay offices rent, and millions users that can be your clients.
This idea of mine, need to be performed, the beginning cost of 5$ to open a shop, is really low. And we not pay directly the users, but the client pay the job directly to the worker.
I hope i explained well (sorry my bad english) what i mean.
What do you think?
What are your competence in coding/graphic design?
Maybe we can do something together.