At Ashore we're fervent believers that getting out of your routine, out of the city, and out into the countryside is deeply good for you in so many ways.
Imagine this scenario:
You head to one of the UK’s best towns or villages, you have a life-changingly productive week of work, you grab your coffees from a local café instead of Pret, you stroll the beach in the morning instead of a tube platform, and after work you’re free to explore the best of Britain’s not-city-life.
Frankly, that should’ve convinced you, but if not, here are some hard examples why scheduling some work away is an easy-decision:
We know that changing your location boosts your productivity; the human brain loves novelty: new stimuli prompt your brain to create new neural pathways and mechanisms to accomplish tasks; the same area of your brain that craves novelty is also responsible for your motivation and reward-processing.
A study in Denmark showed that getting into nature stimulated creative-professionals to be more creative.
And if that’s not enough, in a survey of 1,000 Americans who took a trip away to work, well… just take a look at the results:
Right, you’re still with me - then we’re agreed, trips away for work are good.
But what about the working?
We think the Workspace is key.
I’ve done proper everything-in-one-backpack, working from cafés, digital-nomading around the world; I’ve paid my dues peering into an overheating laptop screen, as I struggle to hear the Zoom conversation over the squeal of the coffee-grinder, and the animated chirping of the group on the table next to me.
I’ve been in “short term rentals” (through the air-bed app), that are too cold, or too hot, or have wobbly uncomfortable chairs, or don’t have a table, AND have crap Wi-Fi (or none at all).
After a year of frustration, and a large decline in productivity, I ventured out onto the internet, with an idea in mind for a better way to remote work while you travel, and looking for like-minded people who’d identified the same problems – which is when I found Aled & Ashore, a few emails and coffees later, I jumped aboard.
We believe we’ve solved any worries about uncomfortable, fragile, and unreliable work spaces when you travel. It was simple in the end, we took every aspect of a work away experience and chose the very best options available.
All you need to do is bring your laptop and charger, we take care of everything else.
The final piece of the puzzle is how we enable you with Ashore’s technology.
We’re building beautiful and fast ways for you to find new places to visit, and to book work aways with confidence. These include:
You’re on it!
We have many improvements in the works. Up first is a smart property search (think: “Homes in Kent with two Apple Displays and parking space”), and beautiful property listing pages.
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Our apps will serve two purposes:
This ones a little further out, but we’re looking at integrating smart locks, smart light controls, and real-time internet connection verification. You’ll be able to run a speed-test in any property before you even get there.
I hope you're excited as we are by the prospect of remote-working remotely, and that I've encouraged you to take a working break soon.
If you want to chat further about the tech behind Ashore - I’m easily reached on firstname.lastname@example.org, or @sherrardj on Twitter.
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Jon Sherrard | Co-founder & CTO