Software Recommendations from NS Virtual Services

Below are some of the programs that our team members use, have used and recommend.

Of course we’re always learning and adding more!

 

Accounting

Freshbooks

Cloud accounting solution designed for small business owners. FreshBooks is simple and intuitive and can be used on a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop.

Quickbooks

Run your whole business better with QuickBooks. It is the #1 rated small business accounting software. Take advantage of wholesale pricing when signing up through NS Virtual Services – you can save up to 20% per month!

Simply Accounting/Sage

An easy to use accounting software that helps you manage your finances, invoice customers, pay bills, and manage inventory.

WaveApps

Wave is a free accounting application for small businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers.

 

Affiliate Content/Software

Post Affiliate Pro

Post Affiliate Pro is the leading affiliate software, trusted by more than 27000 companies worldwide.

WordPress Affiliate Manager

WordPress Affiliate Platform Plugin is a simple affiliate program management plugin for WordPress blog/site to increase your product sales.

Audio Editing

Ableton Live

Ableton makes Push and Live, hardware and software for music production, creation and performance.

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
Garageband

Garageband is a software application for OS X and iOS that allows users to create music or podcasts.

Business Management

SAP

SAP SE provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide.

 

Cloud Phone System

Ring Central USA (for American customers)

Ring Central Canada (for Canadian customers)

Get your 800 numbers, toll free numbers, virtual pbx, internet fax and virtual phone system setup online in minutes with RingCentral.

 

Cloud Storage

Dropbox

Bring your photos, documents and videos anywhere. Your files are always safe. Share easily with friends, family and teammates. Free for Windows, Mac, Linux and Mobile.

Cubby

Cloud storage, syncing and sharing.

Google Drive

Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.

 

Conference Call/Webinars

Instant Teleseminar

The world’s most powerful online event marketing tool with phone + web simulcast!

 

Content Management System (CMS)

WordPress

WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.

 

Communication

Slack

Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

see also Glip, under Project Management

 

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Insightly

Insightly is the easy, powerful and affordable online Customer Relationship & Project Management Software used by over 400,000 small businesses world wide.

Salesforce

Provides on-demand customer relationship management software services to help companies with global customer communication.

Sugar

Sugar is a customer relationship management system that is available in both open-source and commercial open-source applications

Zoho

Zoho CRM gives you a 360-degree view of your complete sales cycle and pipeline. Identify trends, spot opportunities, increase efficiency and reduce costs with the right answers, right now.

 

Desktop Publishing

InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books

 

Email Platform

Constant Contact

The Constant Contact Toolkit makes it easy to create marketing campaigns that meet your business goals—like connecting with customers and increasing revenue.

AWeber

AWeber develops and runs an opt-in email marketing service used by over 120,000+ small businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs around the globe. Our web-based tools help businesses grow by staying in touch with customers and prospects through email.

Get Response

Send email newsletters, campaigns, online surveys and follow-up autoresponders.

MailChimp

Photo editor with Collage, Touch Up, Teeth Whiten, Fonts, Effects, Filters, Frames, Stickers & more.

 

Graphic/Photo Editing

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems.

Canva

Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more!

GIMP

GIMP (an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks.

Photoshop

An image editing software developed and manufactured by Adobe Systems Inc.

PicMonkey

Photo editor with Collage, Touch Up, Teeth Whiten, Fonts, Effects, Filters, Frames, Stickers & more.

 

Healthcare Management

Availity

Availity delivers revenue cycle and related business solutions for health care professionals who want to build healthy, thriving organizations.

Practice Fusion

Free electronic health records for doctors.

 

Miscellaneous

Evernote

Evernote is an American independent, private company offering a closed source freemium suite of software and services, designed for notetakingand archiving.

Filezilla

FileZilla is free, cross-platform FTP application software, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server.

PowToon

PowToon is an online business presentation software tool that allows you to create free, cool, and awesome animated video explainers as an alternative to using Powerpoint.

Rafflecopter

Rafflecopter allows you to customize and embed an entry form on your site that incentivizes your audience to perform tasks in exchange for entries into a sweepstakes.

Zapier

Zapier connects the web apps you use to easily move your data and automate tedious tasks.

 

Office Applications

iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)

Apple Productivity Apps, formerly and commonly known as iWork, is an office suite of applications created by Apple Inc. for its OS X and iOS operating systems, and also available cross-platform through the iCloud website.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is an office suite of desktop applications, servers and services for Microsoft Windows and OS X operating systems.

Office365 (Word, Outlook, Excel)

Office 365 is a software plus services offering that provides office applications and related services to its subscribers.

 

Online Payments

PayPal

PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.

 

Online Surveys

Surveymonkey

Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time.

 

Operating Systems

Mac OS

Mac OS is the computer operating system for Apple Computer’s Macintosh line of personal computers and workstations.

Windows OS

Windows OS, computer operating system developed by Microsoft Corporation to run personal computers (PCs).

 

Password Manager

LastPass

LastPass, an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.

 

Podcast Hosting

Libsyn

Libsyn (Liberated Syndication) offers the best, most complete podcast hosting and publishing services available.

 

Presentations

Powerpoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a slide show presentation program developed by Microsoft.

Prezi

Prezi is a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas.

 

Project Management

Basecamp

Provides a web based project, task and time management, team collaboration and reporting.

Central Desktop

Social Collaboration Software, Online Project Management and Sharepoint Alternative for Businesses.

Asana

Asana is a web and mobile application designed to enable teamwork without email. Easily create, assign, and comment on tasks, so you always know what’s getting done and who’s doing it. Here is a useful guide to Asana for purchase.

Glip

Glip is fully searchable, real-time group chat & video chat, task management, file sharing and more, in one easy-to-use app.

DropTask

DropTask is a free web based task and project management application that offers a visual approach towards managing daily workloads.

Project Bubble

Project Bubble is a simple, online project management and time tracking tool that is ideal for collaborating with your team online.

Trello

Infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. Great mobile apps. It’s free. Trello keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.

TeamWork

Using Teamwork.com, your team will know what they have to do, when it must be done and who needs to do it.

Todoist

Todoist is the leading online to-do list and task manager.

 

Remote Support/Online Meetings

TeamViewer

Remote control any computer or Mac over the internet within seconds or useTeamViewer for online meetings.

 

Sales and Marketing Software

Infusionsoft

Infusionsoft is a complete sales and marketing automation software for small businesses combining CRM, email marketing, lead capture and e-commerce.

LeadPages

Leadpages is the only platform that lets you collect leads and customer contacts from landing pages, pop-up forms, social media, text messaging, and email.

 

Scheduling Software

Genbooks

Genbook makes it easy for local business owners to offer online appointment scheduling to their clients.

vCita

Transform your small business website into a LiveSite. vCita helps you capture more business online, and deliver amazing service.

TimeTrade

Online appointment scheduling used by businesses to create new customers, accelerate the sales and service process and make it easy and fast to respond to customers—24/7.

 

Screencast Software

Jing

The always-ready program that allows you to instantly capture images and record video on your computer—then share them with anyone.

Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a free screen recorder for instant screen capture and sharing.

 

SEO Plugin

Yoast

Yoast is well known for their WordPress SEO plugin. This plugin helps you optimize your website for search engines.

 

Shopping Cart Platform

1Shoppingcart

1ShoppingCart is an all-in-one eCommerce shopping cart and marketing solution. Over 25K businesses use 1ShoppingCart. Affiliates earn generous commissions for leads and sales referred.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin.

 

Social Media Management

Buffer

Buffer is a software application designed to manage social networks, by providing the means for a user to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.

Commun.it

Commun.it is a robust relationship management tool for managing Twitter relationships and generating potential leads for your online business. Essentially, Commun.it helps you track all major interactions in your Twitter community so that you can nurture valuable relationships.

Hootsuite

Social Network Management tool, able to integrate with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ pages, Foursquare, WordPress, Mixi, and with App Directory, you can add even more social networks.

MeetEdgar

Instead of publishing your social media updates just once and throwing them away, MeetEdgar carefully catalogues them in a library that you build over time.

Snip.ly

Sniply is a social media marketing tool allows people to add custom messages to any web page they post.

 

Support Application

Desk.com

Customer service application that combines all your channels into one accessible location and provides powerful tools so you can deliver heroic support with ease.

ZenDesk

Customer service software and support ticket software by Zendesk. Web-based help desk software used by 40000+ organizations worldwide.

 

Telephone Services

eVoice

eVoice provides you with a better way to connect, whether you’re a business of one or a business of one-hundred. eVoice helps to expertly manage your incoming calls.

 

Video Calls

Skype

Video and voice calls to anyone else on Skype. Instant messaging and file sharing. Calls to mobiles and landlines worldwide at low rates.

Google Hangouts

Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices.

 

Web Analytics

Clicky Analytics

Click analytics is a special type of web analytics that gives special attention to clicks (Point-and-click) which constitute the first stage in the conversion funnel.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about a website‘s traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales.

 

Web Hosting

BlueHost

Bluehost is a web hosting company owned by Endurance International Group. It is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 1.9+ million domains with its sister companies, HostMonster, FastDomain and iPage.

cPanel

cPanel is a Linux based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site.

GoDaddy

Register domain names, email/web hosting, website builder.

Netfirms

Small business web hosting offering additional business services such as: domain name registrations, email accounts, and web services.

SiteGround

SiteGround is a web hosting company founded in 2004 and servicing more than 450,000 domains world-wide. It provides shared hosting, cloud hosting and dedicated servers.

 

Web Tools

Google WebMaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools is a no-charge web service by Google for webmasters. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.

 

Website Builders

Wix

Wix.com is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites, through the use of their online drag and drop tools.

 

Note: In the spirit of full disclosure some of these programs include affiliate links, so if you sign up for anything, I may get an affiliate commission. Which would be awesome because I know you would enjoy these platforms – I only share stuff my team and I have used and trust regardless of the affiliate commission.