Just heard that Gerry Harvey is going to create and online Harvey Norman.. wow imagine the impact of that on the stores, jobs and sales! Isnt it funny that were your focus is, is what seems to be thrown in your face all the time.   You know, if you are going to buy a car and your looking at Saabs, thinking there’s not many of them around – all of a sudden that’s all you start to see on the road. Well, it doesn’t just happen with cars.   My focus is totally on personal development and alternate income streams.  Ive been dabbling online in internet marketing and network marketing for a couple of years now – and finally I get it. Anyway in my dabbles – I have come across some interesting information which I want to share with you. Last weekend I attended a conference of a company called Send Out Cards.. a greeting card business.. create a card online.. then get it professionally printed and POSTED in an envelope.  A real greeting card is sent to the recipient addressed to them personally – from you.   Totally awesome, I say. Anyway, I diverse.. here is what I have learned. You probably have all heard or read about the kuffufel around online businesses killing “real” businesses. Amazon for instance – practically closing down Barnes an Nobel in America.. not to mention Angus and Roberts and Borders closer to home. Then there is a company called Netflix – in America (again!) that is creating havoc with Blockbuster and other video stores and causing some closures there by taking renting a video to the next level.     Bigpond is kind of doing that here I guess So the other day, I was reading Robert Kiyosaki’s book – The business of the 21st Century – you can get it on CD – Im happy to send it to you if your interested – a truly eye opening read. Anyways.. he mentioned how the world is changing.. jobs are changing… traditional methods are becoming outdated.  Network Marketing is the new trend. For instance.. did you know you could probably get your tax done overseas – correctly and for half, a third even of the local costs.      I was speaking to an Accountant friend of mine about this and she said that her boss was looking at outsourcing some of their work..  so why should we pay an Accounting company when they are sending the work overseas also..  Go direct, I say. So if Books, Videos, Accounting and can be done online.. what else.   Greeting cards – they are the next biggest thing.   Why?   People don’t send enough photo cards or printable cards .. but want to.. and online the cost is inexpensive.   We opt for e-cards, emails or sms – which are not the same as a genuine printable greeting card. Now your probably thinking sending cards is a dying art.. and it is for two reasons – 1) – because we have forgotten the art of being thankful and caring   and 2) its time consuming and costly.    Not online… watch this space.. watch the greeting card industry change.. just like the book industry, the video industry, accounting and other professions –  web design, resume writing, life coaching. Oopss got sidetracked yet again.   Anyway the point is all these things can be outsourced or done elsewhere and the finished product posted back to you – for half the cost of getting in done locally. Years ago my dad took me to a seminar for online web pages.  He wanted me to go because he didn’t understand the internet and computers  (he was 68 at the time).  I went to stop him from being ripped off.   Guess who brought the product.  Dad wanted to leave half way through the presentation – it was all over his head. I on the other hand, even after all these years – still didn’t listen to my dad.   It was fascinating.. they said.. get a company to “drop ship” a product direct to your purchaser.  You run the “shop” online.   My cousin lives in California – she said hardly anyone actually goes to a store to buy anything.   Even if you do buy something in store – they arrange to have it sent to you – not just big items – but sheets and pillow cases is what she went to get. So off I went to try to find an Australian drop shippers. Sheeze what a nightmare 4 years ago.  So behind the times here. Well now Gerry Harvey has gotten up with the times.  If he takes his store online.. why would he need traditional stores.  The product can be manufactured and shipped out direct. I just find this fascinating… and wanted to share. We have books, videos and greeting cards online.  You can order your pizza on line and get it delivered. OH  and recently I discovered “cloud” computing.  You don’t even have to carry around a USB any more – you can access everything on your home computer literally from the clouds. Outsourced  – web design, accounting, – you name it, and look for it – its probably there. Now – drop shipped – electrical appliances… Next time you are on a lunch break – take a look around the coffee shop and see how many people are there with laptops. Now Im a bit slow.. until one day someone pointed out to me – how could all these people who don’t appear to be working afford laptops and to be drinking latte’s and having lunch out Derrr  –   internet marketers.. work from anywhere in the world – selling their product… What a world we live in. LIVE MORE Merna