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A Car: Lifeline Or Dent In Your Lifestyle?

A Car: Lifeline Or Dent In Your Lifestyle?

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If you’re looking for a way to be more independent and to get additional freedom, a car appears to be the lifeline most of us crave. But is buying a car really the thing that we need so we can get more independence? Not only this but what about the additional costs there’s a car throws up? While a car proves to be a lifeline for getting to work and seeing far-flung friends on the weekend, is it actually financially viable, or are we just better off getting public transport?

The Upfront Expenses

It’s all dependent on the car you want; if you want a car that’s brand new, fresh off the factory line, you’re going to have to pay more for it. But most of us aren’t in a position to buy anything brand new. After all, after we’ve passed our test and we’re just looking for a little runaround, this seems to be enough. But for those people that have never had it before, how much work has to go into a clapped out old banger. Not just in relation to the MOT and servicing, but if there are problems that we come up all the time, we could be putting money into something that will end up as scrap soon anyway. From this perspective, it is better to buy a newer car, but this comes with larger upfront costs. And when you tack on insurance, as well as the minimum liability insurance available so you can emerge financially unscathed from an accident, this can result in a lot of outgoings.

Is Driving Just Too “Stressful” These Days?

For those people new to driving, they wouldn’t have the frame of reference, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that there is so much traffic and congestion on the road, meaning the potential for accidents is always there. If you’re using a car purely as a little runaround, and you don’t even bother taking it to work, you might not see much of a difference in your finances. But if money is tight, and driving every day seems to be a shortcut to making your blood boil, is it actually worth it in the long run? Driving used to be a very enjoyable experience, but now, you’ve got to prepare for the fact that a weekend getaway can result in problems on the motorways, traffic congestion, and the fact that you may be in queues forever. But on the other hand, if it’s this lifeline that you need, especially if you head away for weekends, it’s something that you need. But on the other hand, is a car actually necessary for us to enjoy yourselves and to go wherever we want, whenever we want?

What About Those People Who Never Passed Their Test?

Or those who didn’t even bother learning? Driving is incredibly expensive if you want to learn, and not every family is in a position to pay for their children to have lessons. In fact, a lot of people are only learning to drive now because they’ve had to, like those having children. But for those people who never learn to drive, they had to rely on public transport. And then there are also those who aren’t that confident behind the wheel that they won’t go so far, and instead, rely on bus services and various public transport to get them to where they need. If we are looking for ways to get away for a weekend, we have to be at the train station for a certain time and maybe we’ll have to cut our time short, but if this means we save a lot of money anyway, especially with the cheap bus companies out there, surely it would cost us more in terms of our car to go to these places, just for the sake of an extra hour or so? It’s all relative! For those people who have that wanderlust, public transport is their lifeline.

Does Having A Car Guarantee “Freedom”?

It’s a wonderful idea in theory, but when people run into financial problems, the car is usually the first thing they give up. And it can be a big shock to the system when you are reliant on it, but if your pastimes consist of social functions, and there’s an abundance of transport, and even sleeper trains where you can get some shuteye, so are you really going to miss it? A car is amazing if you rely on it every day, but if not, does it really change your life? It certainly makes things more convenient, but if you are thinking about getting a car because you can make more journeys on the weekends, you’ve still got to think, not just about the finances, but about the other concessions you will have to make so you can have this car. For example, if you plan on going to your friend’s house far away, you wouldn’t be able to go wild on the alcohol. If you’re not someone who doesn’t drink much anyway, that’s fine, but we can have a reliance on a car to get us around when we don’t necessarily have the capacity to operate it properly. A car can be a financial drain, but it can also stop us from enjoying ourselves in other ways. It’s all relative because we are different people. For a lot of us, if it’s just us, by ourselves in life, a car can be a wonderful gateway to the world, but if we’ve been getting by just fine without a car, is it worth that financial dent?

When we’re looking for the right car, we can think about the more superficial aspects, not the fact that it can be a very expensive thing to run, and we may have to cut other aspects of our lifestyle to ensure we keep it, not to mention the fact that the roads are more dangerous now. But a car is a wonderful thing if you use it right. If you’re looking for a way to see more of your friends, especially if you’re all scattered around the country, you can get there in a matter of hours. But don’t think a car is your only option to get around!

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The Requirements Of A New Online Business

The Requirements Of A New Online Business

You might be in the position where you are keen to take your blogging to the next level. Or maybe you have just had a fantastic idea for a new business, and you want to sell your product online. Whatever it is, starting up a new online business takes a lot of determination and guts, and a keen understanding of what works and what doesn’t. It also requires that you have some essential things under you belt before you begin, so that you can be sure of starting in the right way. In this article, we are going to look at what those requirements might be, so that you can ensure you are starting off in the right manner.

 

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Money

 

Obviously enough, you need a decent hit of capital in order to be sure that you are going to be strong in the early days of business. What’s more, the very act of setting up the business itself requires that you have a decent amount of money to begin with. So if you are keen on setting up your own online business, first make sure you have the necessary financial impetus to really make it happen. This might requires that you borrow a little money, so make sure that you are able to first. Look into how to get your credit score up and then go and find the funding you need; if lucky, you could even end up with a non-repayable grant coming your way. However you do it, make sure you have the money you need to get going in a strong way.

 

Website

 

You simply cannot exist without a website. This is true for an offline business, so it is certainly true for your new online business. You need to have a website which is actually going to act as a face for the business in a good way, and that will mean that you are able to bring people in much faster as well. If you need help with the website, then make sure to hire someone who has a lot of experience with specifically business-related websites, as there is a huge difference between those and, say, personal blogs. Get the website right, and you have taken care of what is the most essential business requirement of all, as well as started to think about your branding too.

 

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Marketing

 

Marketing is actually fairly easy to do with an online business, partly because digital marketing is so effective and so fast to make happen. Even if you have zero experience in this area, you will find that it is surprisingly easy to create the marketing that you need for your business – and it will mean that your company is much more likely to get off the ground in a big way. Focus on the marketing early, and you will be off to a stronger start. Remember too that it is necessary to market both early and also long into the future, and to never let up on this front if you want your business to flourish.

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7 Steps to Developing Good Habits (SBO)

By Guest Blogger, Sarah,

7 Steps to Developing Good Habits (SBO)

If you realized that your productivity is not doing you any good and that you need to find ways on how to effectively improve it, this is your lucky day, as we know just how to attain that! The best and most effective way for you to become more productive is to start creating habits that are good and would lead you to attaining this goal.

Your productivity may not improve overnight as enhancing this requires eliminating the bad habits that you have been doing for a long time and beginning to create a new positive pattern on your routine that would eventually pave the way to a better change.

The first step to any kind of change is always the toughest and this applies to the change on your habit. Just keep moving forward and sticking to the new good behaviors that you are trying to adapt, while avoiding the bad ones that need to go. Things would get easier in the long run as you get used to these new habits.

We want to become part of your journey into becoming a more productive and better individual, that’s why we created this infographic that we hope would be of help to you.

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7 Steps to Developing Good Habits

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