According to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 23 percent of Americans worked from home during 2014. Working from home is a great opportunity as you can avoid long commutes, work in a less stressful environment, and have more flexibility with how you work. However, working from can present certain challenges such as keeping a schedule and staying connected. Thankfully there are a number of great applications out there that you can use to help improve you stay connected and improve your productivity while working from home.

Here are 5 great tools that will help you run your business from anywhere:

1) Basecamp

Basecamp keeps people on the same page. No matter what your role is, everyone works towards  common goal: finishing a project together. This tool allows you to connect with your staff, manage projects, stay on top of tasks, and communicate with each other no matter where you may be located.

2) makes meetings better for everyone with free video, unlimited audio and everything else you need to be successful. The virtual meeting and screen-sharing software makes it possible to run your company remotely and stay connect with clients through more personal contact. A great plus of this service is that it does not require any downloads or subscriptions from you or your clients.

3) Trello

Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone. With this service you can drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, and clunky software for managing your projects and see everything about your project in a single glance. Trello makes it easy to track a project visually, but creating tasks in various lists, dragging them from one list to the next, assigning them to team members and much more.

4) Pingdom

Pingdom provides everything you need for website monitoring. You can use it to keep an eye on your websites and its uptime and average response time. This is a great service because it ensures that your website is operating properly and if something goes wrong you will not lose any potential business because you were away from the computer, unable to monitor the website yourself.

5) Express VPN

A VPN, or virtual private network, is a method employing encryption to provide secure access to a remote computer over the Internet. Why is this helpful? Well, it allows you to access websites that may be blocked in certain countries. For example, almost all social media websites are blocked in China. Express VPN will make sure you are set up to access these websites even when you are traveling to countries with limited internet access.

For a more extensive list of which tools every person who works from home needs, check out this list here.