Nowadays more and more people are using their handheld devices to carry out tasks during the working day. From sending e-mails, to researching clients and creating documents it’s now becoming increasingly common for employees to do their jobs on the go. Luckily for us, some very clever techy people have been working on developing some really cool and effective apps for our mobiles that are making it easier for us to exchange knowledge, share ideas, store information and work together as a team whenever and wherever in the world we are. We’ve decided to let you in on our top 5 favourites...

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1) Dropbox

Dropbox is an app we well and truly can’t live without! Dropbox lets you take all your photos, documents and videos anywhere and share them with ease. You can access the app via the website, your laptop / PC, iPad and iPhone so whether you’re at home or on the go you’ll have access to your folders. What’s more, you get a free 2GB of space when you sign up!

2) Elance

The demand for freelancers to work on multiple or one off projects is becoming increasingly popular in today’s markets. Elance is a nifty little app that gives employers instant access to thousands of talented online professionals and allows them to manage projects and workers on the go. If you’re a freelancer, Elance enables you to search for jobs and communicate with your employer from anywhere whilst you’re on the go. We’re expecting to see a huge rise in similar apps in the future!

3) Basecamp

Basecamp is one of, if not the most, popular project management apps out there. The app is paired with a website facility where you can create projects, add team members, take part in discussions, set to-do’s and upload files all from the palm of your hand! Other facilities include a ‘writeboard’ and the ability to set team and individual milestones. Basecamp is a great all-rounder if you’re looking for an app that has it all!

4) Asana

Asana is a shared task list for your team and is the best way to communicate, organise, manage and track your work. The iPhone app is a great little helper and allows you to centre your teams communication on tasks, helping everyone stay on the same page. With the app you can create, prioritise and assign tasks on the go, send messages to team members and even attach files from Dropbox!

5) Ning

Ning is an example of a DIY Social Network. It means that users can collaborate together in a virtual space in real time to get updates, share knowledge and co-ordinate activities. It’s super simple to use and is even easy for people who don’t have much IT experience. Users can easily chose what features they want in their social network depending on their preference, and these features range from even organisation, forum building, chatting, video sharing and more!  

What collaboration apps do you find most useful? Do you use any that we haven't mentioned? We'd love to hear!  


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