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If you have a home business, it’s probably a foregone conclusion that you want to save money any way that you can, while still providing a top-notch product or service. The trick is to keep your overheard low by finding the best tools for the lowest price possible.

Well, as it turns out, the lowest price possible is called “free”, and what you’re about to see here are six awesome free Chrome extensions that are an indispensable part of any home business’ toolbox. Once you’re done enjoying these, check out more in the article “7 Killer Google Chrome Extensions for Your Business”.

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It never hurts to have a few free advantages to help bolster your home business

Stay Focused

When you work at home, there’s no boss looking over your shoulder (especially if you ARE the boss!). So it’s easy to innocently look up some item on the Internet, then get intrigued by a link in the article, which you click on, then follow another, and so on. Soon, that five minutes you were planning on spending looking up demographics in New England turns into two hours, and you end up staring at a selection of Azerbaijani pickle recipes.

Wasting time is detrimental to the home businessperson. Stay Focused helps cut your web time wasting habits by putting a cap on sites that you choose to limit your time checking out. Come up with your list, set the times you can spend on them, and you’re good to go. Call it an intervention, Chrome-style.

Yast

Do you charge clients by the hour? If so, this extension is for you. It helps you generate time sheets that you can imbed with comments, as well as color code. Don’t shortchange yourself anymore, while in turn showing your clients where the time went.

Google Calendar Checker

If you run a one-person business out of your home, then that means you’re the boss, the worker drone, the CFO, and the administrative assistant all rolled into one. In the latter case, that means keeping track of your appointments, where a missed meeting could adversely hurt your freelancer reputation. This app actually counts down the time until your next appointment, displaying it in your browser’s corner.

Full Contact

No, this isn’t a football app. Just set up your new account at fullcontact.com, install the extension that lets it access your Google account, and it will keep all of your contact lists synched with Google. Having your address book cleaned up and synched means fewer headaches down the road.

Xmarks Bookmark Sync

Although this article is geared specifically to Chrome users, many of us find ourselves sometimes using more than one browser, right? This extension actually synchs your bookmarks, passwords, user settings, and tabs among all of the browsers you use (e.g. Explorer, Safari, Firefox), whether they’re all on one computer or on several systems. Anyone who has had to juggle multiple browsers and try to remember what settings each has will find this extension invaluable, not to mention sanity-saving.

Mighty Text

So we’ve already helped people who need to keep multiple browsers organized, but what about something for the home business professionals who have multiple devices, like, for instance, a laptop and an Android smart phone? How about a goodie for them? Mighty Text helps you during those times when you’re working at your laptop, desktop, or tablet, when suddenly a text comes through on your smart phone, wherever the blasted thing ended up. With Mighty Text, all of your Android’s text messages, both the ones sent and received, show up in Chrome. The app synchs not only those messages, it also handles videos and images as well. Finally, if that phone’s battery is getting low, you’ll be notified about that as well.

Running a home business means having every advantage you can get your hands on. The above six are a good place to start. If you want some more tips on working from home, especially if Stay Focused was of particular interest to you, then check out “Working Smarter: How to Utilize Your Time Online When You Work From Home”.

John Terra has been a freelance writer since 1985. He admits to getting side-tracked during web searches way more often than he should.

   

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