Alex Johnson, otherwise known as Mr Shedworking, is expanding his blog media empire from sheds and bookshelves to pubs. Now that they have wifi, and offer food and hot drinks during the day, many pubs are just as welcoming to mobile workers as coffee shops, as long as they play by the rules. The advantage over a café, of course, is that in a pub, you don’t have to move very far to get that after work pint. The new site offers links to wifi maps, tips and advice on how to go about being a pubworker, and reviews and comments on specific work friendly pubs. Perfect for when you want to step out of the garden office for a change. It is also a place where you can post recommendations of pubs on an interactive map. Here’s what Alex has to say:


More and more people are working from home in garden offices, spare bedrooms, kitchen tables, lofts and cellars. Some are also working in other ‘third places’ such as coffee houses and coworking facilities. But we believe there is a huge untapped resource for homeworkers – and homeworkers on the move – which is being overlooked: our pubs.

Pubs are the ideal place to inspire creativity and business activities. They’re a cornerstone of our culture, they’re plentiful and they’re underused during exactly the hours many homeworkers need somewhere comfortable and relaxing in which to run their business.

Important players in the pub industry are certainly keen to attract this section of the working population as witnessed by the massive roll-outs of wifi spots in pubs throughout the country. Yet the potential for providing dedicated facilities is still largely unmet. This site aims to convince both potential customers and landlords that there is mutual benefit for everybody in pubworking. [Pubworking]


Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution

In 2005 Alex Johnson began publishing a magazine called The Shed for those of us who, like him, work from home in outbuildings and sheds. The magazine was soon joined by a blog called Shedworking, and the blog became this beautifully made, smartly written book, which landed here yesterday. What a lovely, passionate, well informed book this is. It is difficult to read it and not want to build a shed and get to work.

Like the blog that inspired it this book is essential reading for anyone considering setting up to become a shedworker; if you are already a shedworker you’ll want it on the shelf too. It contains a history of shedworking and famous shedworkers, from Pliny, to Gustav Mahler and Roald Dahl, musician Peter Gabriel, human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, and journalist Andrew Marr. There are many, many marvellous pictures of sheds and garden offices, shedworkers’ stories (a lovely surprise was finding my own shed on page 56), advice on building your own, what you might do there, on green shedworking and possibilities beyond the shed: canal boats, railway carriages, airstream caravans and treehouses. What comes across most of all is the happiness shedworking brings to the lives of those who have arranged to be able to do it.

A preview of the first chapter is here. More on sheds and shedworking on Alex’s Shedworking blog, and at Uncle Wilco’s Readersheds where you can vote for Shed of the Year 2010 and follow the build up to National Shed Week 2010, which begins on July 5th.

In the mean time, why not buy Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution