Thanks to Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation for this useful resource post!
One of greatest things about Google’s Chrome browser is the thousands and thousands of free browser extensions available. If you’re using Chrome, this link will show you the extensions you’re using right now.
These extensions turn an already powerful online experience into a full-fledged productivity suite. Here are my favorite Chrome extensions for entrepreneurs.
LastPass is a critical weapon in your arsenal. This free service remembers all your passwords for you so you don’t have to clutter your brain.
It saves a couple seconds on every login, which may not sound like much, but it adds up to minutes and hours over the course of the year. And that’s on top of the benefits of no longer having to waste time guessing the password for some infrequently used site.
If you install nothing else, make it LastPass. It’s a game-changer.
The free TextExpander plugin is a cool little tool that lets you create custom keyboard shortcuts for frequently-typed phrases. It’s a big time-saver when if you ever find yourself writing template-driven emails, blog posts, or other messages.
Buffer is a popular service that lets you spread out your social media sharing over the course of the day.
Let’s say you like to go through your digest of blogs and news in the morning, and find 5 articles that are worthy of sharing. You could tweet them all out immediately, or you could add them to your Buffer stream so they drip out at pre-set intervals.
4. Awesome Screenshot
Awesome Screenshot does exactly what the name would suggest — helps you take awesome screenshots. If you’re still print-screening your way around the web, pasting into Paint and cropping from there, know that there’s a better way.
With the free Awesome Screenshot extension, you can grab the current browser tab, the full length of the website (including the stuff you’d have to scroll to see “below-the-fold”), or a selection of the current page.
You can mark-up, draw on, and annotate the resulting image right from the browser. Then, to share the results, you can download the file, copy it to your clipboard, save it to the cloud, or even create a temporary online sharing link to send to someone else.
Toggl is a free time-tracking service. After you create an account, you just hit the button to start the clock, and then again to stop it when you’re done with that task.
For entrepreneurs, it’s a good tool to track what tasks are eating the most of your time, and to see where there might be opportunity for improvement, elimination, or delegation.
Pocket is a bookmarking service that lets you designate certain content to read later. For instance, if you come across an epic-looking tutorial or otherwise awesome article that you don’t have time to read at the moment, you can put it in your Pocket for later
7. Resize Window
Resize Window is a handy free little plugin that will resize your browser window to an array of standard and custom sizes. Why would you want to do this?
It’s perfect for testing how your responsive website renders in different-sized browsers, such as those on a tablet or smartphone. It’s also handy if you’re recording any screen-capture videos, since you can set the dimensions to 1280×720, which is HD quality for YouTube.
The Pomodoro Technique is a productivity system that espouses working for 25 minutes, then taking a 5 minute break to recharge. This simple free Chrome app simply helps manage those time intervals for you to keep you on task.
PanicButton is built especially for side hustle entrepreneurs who have the habit of checking in on their side business while working their day job. The extension instantly hides all your browser tabs and lets you recover them later with one click.
Perfect for hiding your non-work related browsing if someone sneaks up behind you.
Rapportive replaces your Gmail sidebar ads with profile information on the person you’re emailing. It will show their picture, their location, their job title, and links to their social media profiles.
11. Language Immersion for Chrome
This one is just for fun, but if you’re doing any business with international clients it can qualify as work too.
The Language Immersion plugin will translate sections of the page text on-the-fly so you can practice reading in another language. A sliding scale lets you choose the comprehension level to translate to, and it adds only minimal load time to each page.
Do you have any favorite extensions you’d recommend to other entrepreneurs? This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please share in the comments below.
About my Guest Blogger: Nick Loper is an author, online entrepreneur, and lifelong student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs. Short on ideas? Grab a free copy of Nick’s report, The 5 Fastest Ways to Make More Money.