soloex: Think of such cases where a consumer may need a mechanic, a lawn man, or even a tutor. Think of ANY service or need! Would more people become entrepreneurs in order to bid for these jobs?
I don`t think this idea makes sense for one simple and obvious reason... Standardization. How exactly is a mechanic going to quote work, or except a bid, if he hasn`t seen the vehicle to diagnosis the problem? Furthermore, if he has seen the vehicle, why on earth would he turn around and post a quote on your website when he could just give the quote straight to the person?
The same goes for lawn-care. How could a lawn care person except a bid without seeing the job that needs to be done? Furthermore, no two lawns are the same, so how could people competitively bid on the work without Standardization.
This goes for all services. Very few services, especially for residential consumers, can be quoted without seeing and evaluating the desired work to be done. Consumers can bid on services on your website all they want, but no service provider (unless their completely insane) would except that bid without seeing the work. And once again, why would people use this site if they ultimately have to meet in person anyways for quoting purposes?
The reason that ebay, priceline, and other free-market sites work is because of Standardization. A hotel room is a hotel room. A flight is a flight. There’s no variance on one Nintendo Wii from the next on ebay. That’s why consumers and businesses exchange bids and offers on these sites…because of Standardization.
And I hate to burst your bubble, but if you think your site is going to turn around this economy or create jobs in anyway, you clearly need to spend some of that R&D money on some economics text books.