Friday, September 23, 2011

7 Cool Niche Websites That Will Save You Time and Money

There are way to many outsourcing and personal productivity articles that give advice like hiring a virtual assistance or learning "Getting Things Done" or implementing certain e-mail processing system. But you probably think 'hey, these ideas are cool, but they have nothing to do with my job, why aren't there any services that can help me?' Well, I bet there are, because hundreds, if not thousands, small niche apps exist to make your life easier, no matter what your job is. Let's take a look at seven such niche solutions.

1. Domain Name Troubles

If you can’t find a great domain name or on your own and the ones on the aftermarket are too expensive, go to risk-free naming service. Here is how it works, you deposit $50, activate your order and start getting suggestions. If you decide to register a suggested domain, the service keeps the money. If you don’t like anything, you get your money back.

2. Fee Icon Search Engine

Looking for free icons all over the Internet? Take a look at – worlds first search engine that looks specifically for free icons you can use for your website or software application. Currently, there are over 14000 icons and 397 sets to choose from.

3. Free Estimates/Invoicing.

Are you still typing up your estimates and invoices manually? Go to This is a free service specifically geared for part-time contractors who have a full time job and need a simple solution for their side gigs.

4. Bates Stamping

Are you still applying Bates numbers manually, just like they did in 1892? Stop! Electronic bates numbering software( like Bates Express) will apply bates stamps and numbers to any printable document type (e-mail, image, PDF, Word document, HTML file, etc.) automatically.

5. Translate Your Software

You’ve probably never heard of Transifex, but they are the ones who translated Firefox, fedora, GNOME, Meego, and django. This is a free crowdsourcing software translation service for opensource projects. So if your opensource software needs translation – this is where you go. They do offer same service for commercial software, but you have to pay 30 euros for it.

6. To-Do Lists

Are you the type who keeps forgetting things and misses important appointments? Try Remember The Milk - free online calendar, scheduler and to-do list maker in one. The best thing about this one is that you can easily integrate it with your phone, iPad, PDA, iPhone and have your lists always with you.

7. Social Media

Are you a person who as Twitter account AND FaceBook account AND Google+ account AND LinkedIn account AND… HootSuite is a cool new service that allows you to work with all social networks simultaneously through one interface. It’s features are too numerous to list, but while basic version of the service are free, you’ll have to pay $5.99 a month to get access to more advanced options.

Now, these seven might not be of much interest for you our your business (after all, how many people even heard of Bates stamps), but I hope you get the idea - there probably are productivity solutions for you and they might even be free. You just have to go and search for them. And hey, there's Google for that!

David Deprice works for, world’s first domain parking service that puts original content on parked domains, turning them into live websites that get updated regularly. 90% of domains that are accepted into BenePark’s system generate at least $5 dollars in ad revenue each month. Some restrictions apply.