The good, the great, and the fantastic bits about it


It’s Sunday afternoon. It’s raining here in Mount Maunganui. So I turn on my HP laptop and continue building a new website for Expandasign NZ. I’ve already worked out the SEO strategy, now I just need to build it.

That’s one of the things I like about being a freelancer. If there’s nothing much going on, I can choose to be productive instead of wasting away time. Save my down time for when the weather has more to offer.



Doing digital marketing in Tauranga


I haven’t always worked for myself, and my story about how I ended up in the world of Google, Facebook and SEMRush is told here. If you’re too busy to click, it all began here in Tauranga. And I wouldn’t want to do digital marketing anywhere else.



Remote working at local cafes


spongedrop bakery

There’s options a-plenty if you don’t have a traditional office. Many of us work from home, and break up the routine by parking up at a local café with free WiFi in exchange for a coffee, two or three. Spongedrop is my personal number go-to.


1) Spongedrop – pooch friendly and 10/10 coffee. Bright and airy seating inside. Lovely courtyard. Or grab one of their picnic blankets and sprawl out in Coronation Park.


2) Fusion Coffee – more of an industrial vibe. Meet with others and discuss business in the private booth seating. Or challenge another remote worker to a game of table tennis.


3) Alimento Eatery – based across the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, there’s heaps of room inside and out. Grab an outdoor table and soak up the sun or enjoy the shade of the huge tree. If you’re craving carbs try their pasta salad.



Co-working spaces in Tauranga 



There’s also a number of shared spaces around. Although the idea has become so popular that many are now only offering monthly memberships. I was lucky enough to be invited along to try Think Co’s new space recently and it was just what the productivity doctor ordered. I rubbed shoulders with other focussed small business owners, who were able to offer a unique perspective on my challenges. And the space had a certain vibe that helped me smash out some of the best work I’ve done in yonks.


1) Think Co – based in Papamoa, owners Dave and Kat have created a modern, comfy space that encourages community and collaboration.


2) Basestation – a large modern facility that’s booming with start ups and business owners.


3) 64Bit Co Working Space – the interior has an old-Wellington feel with dated wooden floors and high ceilings. TEDxTauranga meetings are also held here on a regular basis.



It’s not all beach time


mount maunganui main beach

But let’s be honest. If the sun’s shining, us freelancers are probably going to head to Mount Main Beach. Just like all the Tradies who work in Tauranga. It’s one of the perks (a pretty impressive perk!) of the up, down, uncertain and sometimes lonely life freelancers have. If the weather’s good, and you desperately need to hire a resource for a few hours I’d suggest looking here:


1) Mount Main Beach


2) the top of Mount Maunganui


3) fishing out on Tauranga Harbour



Local Meet Ups around Mount Maunganui 


If you head along to events like BOP Entrepreneur Social hold on regularly, you’ll quickly realize that being a freelancer in Mount Maunganui doesn’t have to be a lonely existence. At these meet ups, you’ll find other freelancers and small business owners who are keen to make new connections, share stories and have a laugh.


1) BOP Entrepreneur Social 


2) Business Womens Network


3) Small Business Tauranga


I feel more comfortable in small groups (yep, introvert!!) so if you’re a freelancer, in Mount Maunganui, and you’d like to grab a coffee then drop me a line. I promise not to talk too much about SEO, but I would love to know more about what you do.


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Blue Bamboo is a SEO company based in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, serving up search engine expertise, website copywriting, and content planning to ambitious business and busy marketing agencies. But that’s not all you get with Blue Bamboo. You’ll also benefit from a decade of project management experience, and an incredible knack for making complex things simple. And access to an amazing range of easy-to-follow plans that make business simple. If you want to be found, be interesting and be connected online, I’d love to hear from you. Liz Hughes | Blue Bamboo | www.bluebamboo.co.nz