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5 Useful Chatbots for Small Business Owners

5 Useful Chatbots for Small Business Owners

Small business owners are the ones who cannot afford to have an extra labor like assistants or hire people because their income is limited. But the tech world is on its rise and it has been solving problems for people from every walk of life since day one. This new wave of AI and chatbots is producing some really good chatbots that are just perfect for a small business owner. Got a small business? Incorporate them in your work and feel the difference! You’ll be binge watching the shows again.

RightClick.io

RightClick.io is an automated website builder powered by AI. RightClick.io enables you to create your website in minutes. How? It has a chatbot named AIWA. AIWA uses Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing algorithms to understand messages and perform tasks accordingly. RightClick.io will be (because they are in pre-launch phase) the ultimate solution to your website problems.

You can create a website just by chatting with their bot and it will save a lot of time. They have a strict no-admin-panel rule that will simplify the complexities of website builders. You will be able to make an edit just by clicking the right button on your mouse. Hover the cursor to your desired content or imagery, click right and you’re done! It’s that simple.

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    Jarvis

    Who doesn’t like J.A.R.V.I.S from Iron Man? The Hi-Tech AI assistant with the world integrated. This Jarvis is not that hi-tech but it still can assist you with the reminders! Jarvis was one of the early entrants when Facebook launched its Messenger platform for the chatbots.

    Jarvis works on a good algorithm that detects your time zone and sets your reminders accordingly. It’s a good conversational bot as well. Not like Poncho but it has a good grip on conversations. Mainly, it is a scheduler assistant that will remind you if today is your wife’s birthday or you have to buy something.

      TacoBot

      Don’t you just love Taco Bell? Everybody does! Well, it’s good news that now they have a chatbot for all the work enthusiasts. Who’s got the time to order taco for lunch by making a phone call? It takes time and diverts your attention from work. TacoBot solves the equation by letting you order tacos without making any phone call.

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      Just talk to the TacoBot and you are done! TacoBot is a friendly chatbot that is AI-powered. Since Slack is the darling of enterprises, TacoBot is exclusively available on Slack so you can easily make an order while working. TacoBot is not available yet but you can join the waitlist by simply going to their website.

        BookFlight

        Travelling is important in any business and the BookFlight chatbot enables you to avoid the big hassle that is booking flight tickets. If you are always on the go, it becomes much too hectic to take out the time from your busy schedule and book flight tickets. But BookFlight is here to save the day!

        You can easily book your flight tickets on the cheapest fares just by talking to this chatbot. It has a retrieval based model integrated that allows the chatbot to look for the cheapest airline fares and get you the best deal. When I tried this chatbot, I was happy to save money! BookFlight is available on Telegram.

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          Swelly

          What to wear for the dinner? Boots or Sneakers? Can’t decide if you should take this deal or not? Ask people! Every day, we make a lot of decisions and we need people to help us with them at times. It often happens that a friend’s advice makes you choose the right option. But friends aren’t available all the time. Swelly solves that problem.

          Swelly is a chatbot available on Messenger, Kik, Telegram and iOS that helps millions of people daily with making decisions. It simply sends you their questions and you can reply with your opinion. Got no time for that? Ask a question instead and you’ll get your answers quickly!

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            Conclusion

            Chatbots are still in their nascent phase but they have started to help us already. An entrepreneur or a small business owner who is always busy with their work can get nothing better than these cute little conversational agents to minimize the workload.

            Featured photo credit: GettyImages via gettyimages.ca

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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