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! 

For more information on each program, please click on the program title to be directed to the company’s website.

 

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

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

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.

Cloud Phone System

Grasshopper

A virtual phone system can help your business stay organized with many calls coming in. Sound professional and stay connected.

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.

Google Drive

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

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

 

Conference Call/Webinars

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting web conferencing software makes it simple and cost-effective to collaborate online with colleagues and customers in real time.  Let NS Virtual Services setup a chat between you and GoToMeeting!

GoToWebinar

Easily Set Up, Present, and Engage Your Audience.  Expand Reach. Create Buzz. Build Awareness. Types: Conference Recording, HD Video Conferencing, Full Desktop Sharing, Screen Share, Video Conferencing, Automated Emails, Content Sharing, Conduct Surverys, Conduct Polls, Custom Branding.  Let NS Virtual Services setup a chat between you and GoToWebinar!

Instant Teleseminar

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

WebinarJam

World’s most powerful webinar hosting platform. Universal Compatibility.  Lowest Industry Pricing.  Broadcasting Flexibility.  Highest Value Proposition.

Zoom

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars.

 

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.

 

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

AgileCRM  Agile CRM Software is the best, easy, powerful yet affordable Customer Relationship Management (CRM) with sales and marketing automation for small to medium size businesses.

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.

SugarCRM

SugarCRM enables businesses to create extraordinary customer relationships with the most innovative and affordable CRM solution on the market.

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

Get Response

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

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.

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.

MailChimp

Email marketing, ads, landing pages, and CRM tools to grow your business on your terms. Get the word out with email, social ads, and automations.

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!

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.

Charm Health

ChARM EHR is a cloud-based EHR, Practice Management and Medical Billing solution that helps healthcare organizations manage their business operations.

Practice Fusion

Free electronic health records for doctors.

 

Marketing Funnels

ClickFunnels

ClickFunnels Gives You EVERYTHING You Need To Market, Sell, and Deliver Your Products and Services Online!

Membership Plugins

Wishlist

Easily Create A Membership Site With this Plugin.  Videos show How.  Shopping Cart Integration.  Total Content Protection.  Easy Member Management.  Control Viewed Content.  Multi-Level Access.  Highlights: Quickly Protect Your Content, Easy To Use Membership Software Solution.

 

Miscellaneous

Evernote

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

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.

Zapier

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

 

Office Applications

Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.

AirTable

Airtable is a database management solution designed for teams, organizations, and businesses of all sizes. …Airtable functions as a typical spreadsheet; however, it is more powerful than a spreadsheet because of its relational database capability.

GSuite

An integrated suite of secure, cloud-native collaboration and productivity apps powered by Google AI. Includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more.

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.

PandaDoc

Create, send, track, and eSign beautiful proposals, contracts, and quotes.

Sharepoint

SharePoint is a web-based collaborative platform that integrates with Microsoft Office. SharePoint is primarily sold as a document management and storage system.

 

Online Payments

PayPal

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

Stripe

Scale faster by building your business on Stripe’s payment processing platform.

 

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.  Let NS Virtual Services setup a chat between you and LastPass!

 

Phone

Nextiva

Nextiva is a telephone and voice-over-internet tool. Nextiva focuses on the area of cloud-based communication.

 

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

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.

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.

DropTask

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

Glip

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

Project Bubble

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

TeamWork

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

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.

 

Remote Support/Online Meetings

TeamViewer

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

 

Sales and Marketing Software

Active Campaign

Active Campaign is an integrated email marketing, marketing automation, and small business CRM.  Save time while growing your business with sales automation.

HubSpot

HubSpot offers a full platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and CRM software — plus the methodology, resources, and support — to help businesses

Infusionsoft

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

Kajabi

Kajabi is a content marketing system that offers individuals and SMBs a single and centralized platform from which to sell, market and deliver your knowledge online.

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

Acuity Scheduling

Online appointment scheduling software. Clients schedule appointments, pay, and complete intake forms online 24/7.

Calendly

Say goodbye to phone and email tag for finding the perfect meeting time with Calendly. It’s 100% free, super easy to use and you’ll love our customer 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.

vCita

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

 

Screencast Software

Camtasia

Camtasia is a software suite, created and published by TechSmith, for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast, or via a direct recording plug-in to Microsoft PowerPoint.

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.

Facebook Business Manager

If you’re an advertiser on Facebook who shares access to multiple Pages … Business Manager is a more secure way to manage your Pages and ad accounts.

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.

Social Report

Social Report™ is a social media management software created to help businesses grow their social media presence. Try it free, and when you’re ready to join, inquire about going through us, as we can save you on your monthly bill!

 

Support Application

ZenDesk

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

 

Web Analytics

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

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.

 

Website Builders

Weebly

Create a free website or blog in minutes by using a simple drag and drop interface. No ads.  One of Time’s 50 best websites of the year.

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.