Running a home based business is awesome, because you can work in your pyjamas, use your home as a working space and don’t have to travel to work. But using your home and personal computer to do business can be very distracting. I have put together a list of the 5 Google Chrome extensions that work wonders for me and my home based business. Check them out and tell me what you think.
Nowadays working from home and being a self-employed entrepreneur is the thing to be. There are so many people with there own websites, blogs and companies (well done to everyone). But there are a lot of downsides to being self-employed and one of them is that if you have trouble focusing or you are getting distracted pretty easily you will have a tough time completing the work you have to do.
Using Google Chrome’s free extensions is a great way to increase your productivity and minimise the distractions that are all over the internet.
Here are the 5 Google Chrome Extensions that every home based business should use:
#1 AdBlock – The most popular Chrome extension, with over 15 million users! Blocks ads all over the web. AdBlock for Chrome! Block all advertisements on all web pages, even Facebook, Youtube, and Hulu. It works automatically: just click “Add to Chrome,” then visit your favourite website and see the ads disappear! You can also get AdBlock for Safari or Opera from getadblock.com.
Rating – 5/5 stars (around 80k reviews)
#2 Block Site – Stay focused and let Block Site automatically blocks websites of your choice. Best for procrastination problem Add a website you want to block in the options and it is automatically blocked. When you try to go to this page it will be redirected to a special blocked website with our mascot Mr. Wips. If you want to set another redirect page, you can do it for each website separate or set a default redirect page.
Blocked Words Whenever the blocked word appears somewhere in the URL, it will be automatically blocked. You can use it for example to block specific search queries on search engines like Google or Bing. Be careful what you put in there. If you for example one letter to block, most of the websites will be blocked, so choose wisely. We have also an “Adult related” list of blocked words, which will block the predefined bad words and profanity filter. We highly recommend the use of this by parents.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars (around 2.7k reviews)
#3 StayFocusd – StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day. It is highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc).
Rating -4.5/5 stars (around 3k reviews)
#4 X-Notifier – A lightweight Chrome extension that shows the number of unread messages from multiple email accounts such as Gmail, AOL and Yahoo.
X-notifier for Chrome is a versatile browser extension that can keep tabs on your email accounts in order to notify you regarding the number of unread emails. It works with various email platforms such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, Daum, Never, Nate and can be extended to monitor sites such as Twitter and Facebook via scripts that can be downloaded from the developer’s website.
The extension is not restricted to handling one account, but it can keep an eye on several, for that matter. The check interval can be configured by the user.
(Currently Blocked from the Chrome Store, alternative link to install below)
Rating – 4/5 stars
#5 X New Tab Page – X New Tab Page offers several features such as speed dial,cloud addition,and cloud backup to enhance the original New Tab.
X New Tab Page gives you unique capabilities to create your own speed dial, put favorite pages on the browser desktop and control all configurations. Also, you can back up browser interface to original Google New Tab.
Rating – 4/5 stars (around 1.8k reviews)
Install: X New Tab Page
So there you have it, the extensions that help me everyday to run my business, keep in mind that all of them have a bit of mixed reviews and are a bit tricky at first. If you don’t like them and you have found something more useful feel more then welcome to leave a comment. 🙂
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