The idea of Mercenaries in WoW has intrigued me for a long time. You really dont see a lot of Mercenary activity in WoW. The closest thing I have seen is Hijacking a Raid I.D. when the original group did not feel like going on that night. This is not about Ninja looting etc. This is about getting paid gold to use your skills.
I have had this idea to start a Mercenary guild for several years. It would basically be a group of skilled players who would hire out their services to PuGs. Obviously, you could not have a bunch of scrubs because you would quickly get a bad reputation, and who would pay for crap. You could charge X amount per instance plus repair bills. The players would be contracted out and give a small percentage back to the guild bank. You could charge different amounts for different things. For a run thru of a low level Dungeon, you could charge X amount plus all of the cloth drops or the non-useable green drops. For higher level instances, a flat fee plus a number of blue or green drops.
With content the way it is, it would be fairly difficult to get something like this running. I would imagine that much of the usiness would come from running lower level people through old istances. A small guild may need a little help with Naxx. Charge them a flat rate, or a BoE epic drop.
In this guild, there would be no guild runs. There would only be free-lancing. You could do whatever instance you wanted, assuming you got a share of the loot.
Like I have already said, I am not sure how this would work. The idea just intrigued me. Would people be willing to pay for these kinds of services? In the real world, there are places that will pay for heavily aremed mercenaries to get what they want. We could probably have something like that in WoW as well.
The second idea I had for a Mercenary Guild would mostly have to do with a PvP server. It would be sort of a Bounty Hunter type thing. Someone from your faction puts a bounty on someone and pays you the appropriate amount. You then go kill that person and screenshot it as truth. Extra money involved for multiple gankings. Say you are leveling out in STV and some player several levels higher keeps on ganking you. Call in the A-Team. You get in touch with one of the mercenaries, set up a price and conditions, and enjoy the carnage as several people come to your aid and smash the ganker to bits over and over again.
Again, this is just an idea I had. There may already be something out there like this in WoW. Let me know what you think. Would this be a feasible business or would it be a complete failiure. Would you pay for low level boosting or high level help in places you may be stuck?