There is no doubt that Google Chrome extensions can make your work easier by streamlining your workflows. There are extensions for just about anything you can imagine, after all, from blocking web ads to tracking billable hours and correcting spelling and grammar mistakes. But, with all the options out there today, it can be difficult to narrow down the extensions that will be most beneficial for small businesses.
We’ve gathered a list of the 20 best Chrome extensions for small businesses so you don’t have to sift through all of them to find which ones will work best for you.
20 Best Chrome Extensions for Small Businesses
Multipurpose CRM Extensions
1. Agile CRM
Link your Agile CRM account to your Chrome browser to get even more out of the solution. Agile CRM’s Chrome extension lets you generate new leads by capturing and pulling contacts from social media platforms into your contact database. You can also track open rates and click-through rates on emails from your Gmail account, as well as access tasks, contacts, leads, and deals, all from your Chrome browser.
Revamp offers a free CRM solution for your Gmail account. It allows you to track tasks, view deals in the pipeline, sync contacts, and track orders, all from within Gmail. Its CRM capabilities are limited, but the price is right for the number of features available.
You can use Streak to track the emails you send from Gmail. You get basic CRM features, such as an overview of your pipeline, but overall it is not heavy on traditional CRM features. However, the value here comes from the ability to work in G Suite for your CRM needs.
Lead Generation Chrome Extensions
This Chrome add-on locates unknown email addresses for you. Simply enter the name and company of the person you are looking for and the app searches massive contact databases to provide you with a suggested email address for them.
ConvergeHub Lead Generator lets you capture leads from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Gmail, and more with a single click. If you use ConvergeHub, this extension makes lead capture effortless. It can be particularly helpful if you want to generate leads for your eCommerce site.
This plugin provides instant access to lead and prospect information while browsing the web. It automatically pulls a host of prospecting data such as company details, recommended contacts, phone numbers, email addresses, organizational charts, and similar companies.
Efficiency, Productivity & Organization Extensions
7. Google Keep
When you find something while browsing the web that you’d like to save to reference later, Google Keep does this for you. You can use it to save URLs, text, and images. Then take notes on those and add labels to your notes for easy access and better organization.
Use ZipBooks to add members and create customers, projects, and tasks, then track hours and invoice them. Once those hours are tracked, they can be automatically pulled into your invoices with no additional work.
A task management extension, Taco lets you view tasks from other project management applications in a Chrome tab. Use it to access your tasks from applications like Asana, Basecamp, GitHub, Gmail, OmniFocus, Trello, and around 30 more.
10. Block Site
If you are one of the millions of people who are easily distracted while working on the internet, this extension could be your savior. The Block Site extension lets you flag certain websites that distract you, and the plugin redirects you to other pages when you navigate to distracting URLs.
If you are like most people, you open numerous tabs in Chrome throughout the day, making it difficult to navigate between them. OneTab lets you convert those numerous tabs into an easily accessible list, which you can access anytime to restore them either individually or as a group. In addition to helping you work more efficiently, this also helps to save up to 95% of your computer’s RAM, as those tabs will no longer be running in the background.
Ever read a web page and find something you want to remember later on? LINER lets you highlight lines of text on any page. It also highlights text on any PDF. The app then saves your highlights so that you can reference them in the future, without having to save entire pages or articles.
This password sharing extension boosts collaboration on teams that share passwords for sites or apps. You determine which team members have access to which passwords. Then, those with access can log into those apps or pages, using that shared password, with a single click.
Social Sharing Extensions
Buffer lets you post on social media and track your results. With the Chrome extension, you can click the Buffer icon to write a post, from any page. You can configure it to send them throughout the day at spaced-out intervals, or schedule individual posts for specific times.
15. Figure It Out
If you ever need to share posts at appropriate times for different time zones, Figure It Out can help. This extension will display the time in your chosen time zones so you’ll know when to schedule or post.
16. Talk and Comment
Use this extension to record voice notes while on any app or website. You can then share them and allow others to listen to them without having Talk and Comment installed. You can also listen to them later for easy reference.
Miscellaneous Chrome Extensions
17. Quick Capture
It can be annoying to make screenshots work for you by taking a screenshot, opening it, cropping it, and saving it just to get an image of a portion of a webpage. Quick Capture lets you zero in on specific parts of the page and capture just that section. You can then annotate and share them with colleagues.
Use this extension in place of bookmarking pages. Clip the pages you want to save, assign tags, highlight important text, and more. It’s all saved in your Evernote account, which can be accessed from any device.
AdBlock is one of the most popular Chrome extensions available, with over 40 million users, and for good reason. Installing AdBlock and it will block ads from all across the web. You also have the option to continue viewing ads that interest, you if you wish.
Grammarly works much like the spelling and grammar check in Microsoft Word. Anytime you are typing in your browser—for example, writing an email, creating a Google Doc, or posting a comment on a message board—it will catch mistakes and offer suggestions to resolve them.
Regardless of what your needs are, there are almost certainly some Chrome extensions out there that will make your life easier. The Chrome store is constantly flooded with new apps to choose from, so start here when trying to determine the best ones for your small business.