There is no denying that there are plenty of factors other than core skills that can also affect freelancers’ productivity. You can customize your work environment and add more caffeine in the coffee mug for getting the maximum out of your freelance working hours. Here we will give you some suggestions about your Chrome browser on which you probably spend the most hours while working online. Chrome offers an array of extensions that will assist you during your working hours. Adding browser extensions is indeed a clever way to make the best use of your time. Let’s take a look at our shortlisted best Chrome extensions for freelancers.
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You need to be an efficient multitasker if you want to make a lucrative career in freelancing. Being a multitasker on online platforms simply means opening plenty of tabs in a single browser. This is not a rare sight for any freelancer; in fact, keeping different tabs alive helps them stay focused. But this practice also comes up with some complications. Opening multiple tabs in the browser hampers the overall speed of your processor. The CPU starts draining, and your battery timing plummeted in no time. Of course, you never want to continue your work when the PC or your laptop responds passively to you. OneTab is offering the solution for the above-mentioned problems. It will save up to 95% of memory while also reducing tab clutter. It wraps all tabs in a single tab with a distinct category. You can retrieve them easily and find desired links efficiently.
Whether you are writing an email or replying to any client online, you might be suffering from writing issues. Besides non-writers, all writers even need help in writing since everyone cannot write like Hemingway. Grammarly is already a widely used tool among netizens. It has a huge number of downloads in its racket. Grammarly provides you with a quick error-finding feature that includes mistakes ranging from grammar errors to readability mistakes. Additionally, the premium version of Grammarly also lets you check whether your text contains plagiarised content or not. A must-have extension for the content writers out there!
You cannot deny all the distracting and alluring online spots where you tend to click while working. These seemingly “Grey areas” act as a hindrance and affect your productivity. You might have scanned your inbox, updated your Facebook status, read every article on Twitter, or cyberstalked your ex. These all can contribute in the form of massive time toll and drainage of energy. With StayFocusd, you can reduce the time you spend surfing and time-wasting websites while increasing your productivity. It allows you to assign a personalized usage time to selected websites. The blocked sites will remain inaccessible throughout the day once your allotted time has been consumed.
Download for: Chrome
4. Boomerang for Gmail
Emails have been the widely used channel for formal communications. It usually involves long paragraphs, multimedia attachments, or some important messages. No one wants to ignore a single email; hence always tend to check their inbox periodically. Boomerang lets you schedule messages for sending or returning at a later date. Even if you aren’t online, write a letter and send it whenever you want. You can track messages to be sure you get a response and create reminders right in Gmail. With cross-platform read receipts, you can tell if your email was read or not. While you still receive notifications about the emails that matter, you can give yourself a break from constant interruptions with Inbox Pause as well.
Download for: Chrome
5. Save to Google Drive
No wonder how Google Drive streamlines online work in many ways. You might go to Google Drive multiple times in a day to save online files there. This exercise seems to be time-consuming and causes an interruption in the workflow as well. The Save to Google Drive brings a solution for this hustle. By using this extension, you can save Google Drive content directly from any webpage. Saving documents, images, and multimedia through Google Drive is as easy as clicking right and selecting ‘Save to Google Drive.’ If you are currently viewing a page, you can save it with the ‘Save to Google Drive browser action. You can control the saved HTML page location and format with the extension’s options window. Moreover, you can convert Microsoft Office files to Google Docs format or comma-separated files to Google Docs format.
Download for: Chrome
6. AdGuard AdBlocker
If you are a freelancer, you know that most of your time is spent browsing the Internet. While browsing, the most annoying thing is advertisements on the websites. To get rid of them, you need to install this extension, which I use to remove Ads. You can install AdGuard from Chrome Web Store.
Pushbullet is very useful for freelancers if they often switch between their phone and laptop. In order to share links, images, and files between your smartphone and laptop. You can quickly share files, images, and links between your devices using Pushbullet. Not only this, but you can also add friends on Pushbullet and share the same things with them with just one click.
If you are a freelance web designer, developer, or graphic designer, this extension comes in very handy. It lets you pick color codes from the websites. While surfing the websites, if you like a color on a web page or an image, you can click this extension, and it will let you pick up the color codes and use them in your web page or graphic designs.
9. Fonts Ninja
If you are a font hunter and love exploring fonts, this is the perfect pick for you. Freelancers who play with fonts in their work will also find this helpful extension. Web developers, graphic designers, video editors, or anyone who deals with fonts need this extension. Just click on this extension on a web page and hover over the font you want to identify; the Fonts Ninja extension will work its magic out and extract your favorite font.
10. Google Dictionary (by Google)
Freelance writers often read a lot, and there’s always a word that you might not be aware of. Instead of writing it down on Google, there’s an extension that can instantly pop the definition/meaning of a particular word from the internet. All you have to do is install this extension in your browser and double-click the desired word you see online, and it will pop up a card with the meaning of the word. The extension is developed by Google and is very useful.
Download for: Chrome
11. Google Translate
You never know what your future client’s language will be. Hence, freelancers should always keep Google Translate and learn to use it for the best possible results. While communicating, freelancers might feel the need to check particular words or maybe a whole sentence. You can install the Google Translate extension in your browser, or you can directly use it in Google search. It will not only boost your communication power but also, you will be able to translate what your client is talking about. Make sure to get the best deal possible.
These were the eleven popular extensions that most of freelancers use. So, if you are a freelancer and want to add an exciting extension to this list, comment below, and we will add that extension to our list of best Chrome browser extensions for freelancers.