With its minimal no-nonsense design coupled with powerful technology, Google Chrome has made surfing the web easier and safer. And adding to its functionality, as of 2019, there were almost 200,000 extensions available on the Chrome Web Store. Their functions may differ, but they all aim for one thing: to improve your browser experience.
With so much choice available, how can you find the extensions that will make the most difference for your small business? Read on for 10 of the most useful Chrome extensions to help you improve your productivity and efficiency.
Finding it hard to stay focused? Too many distractions on the internet? We can’t blame you. Social media platforms, e-magazines, news sites, web games, and more are only a few clicks away when you’re online. It’s easy to get lost in the sea of distractions, but with StayFocusd, you can set a limit on procrastination.
This extension allows you to allot time for browsing, and once the time is up, StayFocusd will block all the time-wasting websites, which will be inaccessible until the end of the day.
You can configure the extension’s settings to choose which sites to block once the clock runs out and which to allow. You can block entire sites or specific pages, subdomains and paths. You can even include on-page content like images, videos, and games.
2. News Feed Eradicator
Facebook has become a necessary tool for entrepreneurs and businesses. With over 2.5 billion monthly active users, Facebook makes it easy for businesses to find and connect with their audience.
However, it also makes for a big distraction. It’s all too easy to log in to the platform to do something work-related, but end up getting lost in the feed, watching videos and reading posts. That's what the News Feed Eradicator extension in Google Chrome can help with.
It does what its name promises to do – eradicates your newsfeed. When you go into this section, you’ll see an inspirational quote replacing all the posts. No more scrolling for hours – when you go into Facebook for work, you'll actually do what you came to do.
That’s about the only thing it does, so you can still explore the other functions of Facebook. You can still chat with customers, publish posts, or go to the Marketplace. A recent update to this extension also brings it to Twitter.
3. Google Calendar
Google Calendar is a handy tool that helps you organize your workday and arrange meetings with colleagues that fits everyone's schedule. It’s as simple as opening a new tab on your web browser and you can check all upcoming meetings, events, webinars, and allotted time slots for projects.
However, for those who don't like the idea of having to open a new tab every time they want to check their schedule, they can download the Google Calendar extension for Chrome.
It adds a calendar icon on your browser toolbar. When you click it, you can see all your upcoming events without leaving the website you’re on. If the event has any attachments, links or notes, you can also access it with one click.
Make sure you’re logged in to Chrome and Google Calendar with the same account, though – that way, the calendars associated with your account will show in the web extension.
Social media is one of the best ways to engage with your audience today. However, coming up with a good social media strategy can take up a lot of your time, especially for small businesses that operate with small marketing teams.
Buffer is a good tool to help solve this issue, automating the posting process on the main social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. You can create time slots to post on each platform every day and create a queue that allows you to schedule posts for months in advance.
The Buffer Chrome extension allows you to save even more time: it sits right on your browser toolbar, and whenever you come across something that you want to share with your followers, all you need to do is click on the extension button.
This allows you to create a new post without leaving the website you're on. The content will go into the queue that you've created on Buffer, taking up the next available time slot. The extension also allows you to publish it on social media right away, as well as scheduling it for a specific time.
Pablo is another extension from the makers of Buffer. While Buffer allows you to share or schedule content you find on a website, Pablo lets you create custom images to post on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. You can edit existing pictures and create beautiful new images with custom typography, font sizes and formatting options, with the right dimensions and format for each social platform.
You can also create social media posts based on text from any website. For example, say you saw a quote or text in an article that you'd like to post on social media. In that case, you only need to highlight the text and then click the Pablo icon.
This takes you to the Pablo dashboard on a new window, where you can then create a picture with that quote with a background image, different fonts, and even your company logo.
If you're the kind of person who always has dozens of tabs open on your browser, OneTab can make all the difference during your workday. This extension collapses all of your open tabs into one concise page, helping you reduce much of the clutter on your browser and improve the performance of your computer.
We all know it's crucial to be careful with passwords, especially in a business. However, your company also needs to share login details for several tools among countless team members, so if you don't have a secure way of sharing this information, your business is exposed to an unnecessary risk.
LastPass seeks to solve this issue. It can generate complex passwords for each of your business tools, store them in a secure environment, and allow you to share them easily and safely with your teammates.
That means you no longer have to remember dozens of different passwords – just the master password for LastPass, which will be unique for each user from your organization.
Another thing you often need to share with your team without too much fuss is your screen. With the meteoric rise of remote work in 2020 and beyond, screen sharing is essential for remote communications, be it with team members or customers.
The CrankWheel extension allows you to share your screen quickly and easily with anyone. You only need to download it to start sharing your screen immediately with anyone, without them needing to download anything. You can even give them remote control of the screen temporarily.
Grammarly is a free tool that proofreads everything you write on the internet. It helps you spot mistakes in everything from spelling to preposition usage, pointing out errors and making suggestions if it spots something that can be clearer or better phrased.
If you go for a paid subscription, it can make advanced suggestions, such as rephrasing sentences, adjusting the tone and finding the right word. Overall, Grammarly is a great tool to make sure all your online communications are correct, professional and appropriate.
If you regularly review PDF documents, you've probably noticed that it can be hard to share insights with colleagues on this type of document.
Kami is a tool that allows you to do just that, improving collaboration and helping you handle PDFs with ease. With this extension, you can easily make comments, notes, highlight and mark text, give feedback, insert drawings and images, and much more.
Keeping your teams in sync is essential to improve collaboration and organization across the board in your business. Whether you're remote or in-office, it's important that you have up-to-date and reliable data in all of your apps.
The easiest way to keep your apps in sync and your data connected everywhere is with a two-way syncing solution like PieSync. From your CRM to your email marketing list and customer support software, sync the latest customer data everywhere so your team can always see the most accurate picture.