So you’re an “evolved man” now.  You don’t “mansplain” and you certainly don’t sit with your legs apart on the Tube or the bus, no matter how much your biology says otherwise.


But despite all this evolution, that same biology just won’t let you give up on one thing: Taking care of your family and at no time in history has this been more important than right now.  If it’s one thing we have all had to learn of late, it’s how to be a better guardian of our families' financial security.  This may be the last bastion of positive masculinity we have left, so blokes - we must get it right.  We’ve previously looked at the many Dads Duties that we regularly undertake, so today - we’re taking it to the bank.



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TOP FINANCIAL PLANNING ADVICE FOR DADS, FROM DADS


The first and possibly most important bit of advice that anyone can give you is this:  it is never too early to start your financial planning journey and it doesn’t matter if you have £ 100 a month save or £ 1000 a month, the key to creating a legacy as well as a financial safety net which could ultimately lead to some wealth creation, is not how much you earn, but how much you save.  


If like many British dads you’re in the recovery process Post-Covid and money may be too tight to mention, you could seek to start creating new sources of income.  Dad’s everywhere are looking to online trading, selling goods on platforms like Facebook’s “marketplace”, trying their hand at the CFD game, (that’s foreign exchange trading to you and me) and while some of these options may take some upskilling, they can be a lucrative way out of a current financial bind.


This tip is an “add-on” to the first but it’s well worth it.  Pay yourself first.  Yes, you have to keep track of bills and mounting interest charges, etc. but you have to set aside some money for yourself too - this can be added to a savings regime or savings account and if it’s not spent by the end of the month, roll it over to the next and keep adding to it.  You’ll be surprised how quickly it adds up and before you know it, you’ll be ready too…


Set Up an emergency fund.  Don’t fall into the new age trap of thinking that “planning for an emergency causes the emergency”.  Why not ask any of your friends if they feel that way after this year.  A solid amount of readily available (but not too readily mind you) cash can mean the difference between a few more mortgage payments...or the alternative.  Don’t get caught with your pants down again.


It might seem redundant “after the fact”, but there is no time like the present to start planning your financial future - with the long-term in mind.  Wealth creation doesn’t happen overnight and if you’re not the kind of guy that’s naturally gifted with this sort of skill, then get online and find a financial planner/broker who can guide you through it.  


Make no mistake, we’re not out of the woods yet and who knows what’s happening around the corner, but in a world gone mad, the buck stops with Dad.


How To Ship Your Motorcycle Across the Country

In the UK, motorcycle trips amount to 4,800 miles annually. Riding your motorcycle across long distances can be a thrilling experience, but there are a few things you need to consider, such as fuel costs and unfamiliar terrains. Fortunately, there’s a better option you’ll find more convenient; this takes the hassle of moving your bike from you. Do you own a motorcycle? Here are a few useful tips on moving your bike across the country. 


  1. Rely on the best transport company





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Some companies over the years have been able to carve a niche for themselves in this regard. Indeed, motorcycle transportation is the easiest and most reliable way to move your motorbike across the country. The company you opt for will determine how cheap or expensive it’ll be to convey your bike. For better comparison, however, you’ll find it useful to learn about the rates to ship a motorcycle. For example, while you may pay between £200 and £500 with one company, another may charge more, depending on the following factors:


  • Distance

  • Delivery location

  • Mode of transport (open or enclosed trailer)


Additionally, in your search for a reliable transport company, read more on customer reviews on their social media pages or via paid online search results. Moreover, it’ll be easier to contact former customers who utilised these services directly. Most importantly, check their claim records for detailed information on their credibility and business ethics.


  1. Maintain a record of the bike's condition

Taking records of your motorcycle’s condition before moving it across the country is a necessary thing to do. First of all, it becomes first-hand evidence should anything happen during the moving process. Even with the most trusted motorcycle handlers, the worst could happen, and you need that record to be safe and handy. Record taking should include the following:

  • Ample pictures of the motorcycle from all angles

  • Detection and recording of pre-existing dents and scratches

  • Unique markings on your machine's engine or other critical parts to foil attempts to replace them on your blindside.


With this documented information on your two-wheeled automobile, you’d have safeguarded your property. More so, in the unlikely event of being scammed, these details will come handy in case of a refund brought on by damages.


  1. Use a tow trailer





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Trailers are the most common way of transporting most types of automobiles. They can be open or enclosed; the choice really depends on you and how you wish to transport it. However, most transport companies recommend going in for the enclosed types as those ensure privacy and enhanced security. This is especially ideal if the motorcycle being moved is a pricey model or a limited edition. An enclosed option protects your machine from the elements.

 

Lastly, don’t forget to empty your motorcycle's trunk (that's if the model is designed with one) before transportation. Again, any other part that can be unscrewed and kept away from the entire haulage should be detached to enhance security and safety from damage.





Many people who are road enthusiasts will embrace the freedom that riding a bike can give you. This isn’t a bicycle, this is the motorbike. The chance to really feel the freedom of the road. The air in your hair, the adrenalin rush as you take that bend on a country road. But while it can be a great experience, there are also some dangers involved with being on the road with a motorcycle. With that in mind, here are some of these dangers so that you can be more aware of them when out on the open road. 




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The speed on the road 

   

Speed is one thing that you just can’t really control when you are on a bike. Sure you have your speedometer and you should be keeping an eye on your speed, but in terms of feeling sometimes it can be difficult to realise when you are over the speed limit or perhaps you might be riding the motorbike a little too fast. It is so important to be aware of your speed on a motorbike. You can end up causing real concern if you lose control of the vehicle, or speed causes you to be less alert of potential dangers ahead. 


Being involved in an accident 


Being involved in an accident is never nice. It can be a real case of the wrong place at the wrong time or it may even be caused by yourself. This is why it is so important to prepare yourself as much as possible. This might be with the helmet you have through to the jacket and boots you wear. There are some options on websites like https://bmw.europe-moto.com/gb/21-boots-shoes-bmw-motorrad. You can find some options to consider. However, an accident occurs, being on a motorcycle makes you more susceptible to injury, even if you are wearing all of the safety gear. 


Not being seen by other motorists 


It is so important to be wary and on your guard at all times when out on the road on your motorcycle. What you can't do is predict other people’s driving behavior or their current concentration levels. This means things like not being seen in time by them can lead to accidents being caused. Being aware of yourself might mean that you can take action to avoid things like this. A common situation is when cars pull out of junctions and a motorcyclist, you seem to appear out of nowhere. 


The weather 


Finally, the weather can play a big role in terms of the safety of the road for any vehicle, especially a motorcycle. Wet weather can cause road surfaces to be more of a slip risk, while colder temperatures can cause wet road surfaces to ice over. These sorts of weather conditions can make riding a bike tricky, and it is best to avoid dangerous weather like this and being out on the road if possible.


Let’s hope that highlighting some of these risks and dangers will help you to be warier when out on the road on your motorbike. 


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2021 is already starting to present challenges for every business owner, limiting many to
working from home whilst others have to implement a lot of measures within their workplace
to make it safe.

Whilst some business owners are left with nothing but time on their hands until their
premises reopen in February or March, others are preparing to provide their business with a
new look. Among the chief areas are replacing older worn-out carpet laid floors with
something that is easier to maintain and gives a positive vibe throughout the office.
Wood Effect in the Office


Hardwood floors throughout the office is not a new thing, in fact, they have offered up a
calming sensibility for decades throughout an office.
However, they do tend to suffer over the years with every spilled drink or scratch from a chair
movement which is expensive to replace, which is why they tend to get left in that state for
long periods. With luxury wood effect vinyl flooring you have a perfectly replicated flooring
solution that has technologies at play to prevent scratches and stains, as well as moisture
resistant properties to protect the underfloor.
Stone Effect


Real stone in an office environment is a powerful look but it does fall to problems of chipping
and scratches over time.

This is an area that can be fully replicated with the lowest price Amtico flooring also, and
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By choosing from multiple collections, you can even mix and match between stone, slate
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Quick Installation Before Reopening

Even the cheapest Amtico Spacia flooring in the UK does not require weeks to fit an office
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If you feel the need you can have it installed by yourself if up to the task as each section can
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exercise either way.

By dedicating a bit of time to making your office an easily maintained and stylish place to
return to, the best investment moving your company forward is in vinyl flooring.


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