With many businesses in the busiest period of their year with the end of the financial year nearing, it’s the perfect time to benefit from some of the latest tech tools to help save your small business time, increase employee satisfaction and drive efficiency.

To give you a hand embracing some new online tools and to say thank you to our loyal business customers we’re doubling the broadband data allowances for all eligible customers on a Telstra Business Broadband, Digital Office Technology (DOT)® or BizEssentials plan at no extra cost.

You can also take advantage of double data on these plans if you sign up before June 30.

So, how can you use the extra broadband data to help your business close out the year and improve for the next financial year? Here are a few of our top tips for business owners:

Cut travel time and build relationships with video conferencing

We all know face-to-face communication is king, but we can’t be everywhere at once. Help reduce employee travel time with video conferencing tools such as Blue Jeans, which allows you to swap an audio-only phone call for a high definition video meeting through your computer, tablet or smartphone. Find out how it works here.

Remove confusion by collaborating online

Online collaboration tools can help take the confusion and duplication out of group projects. Using visual presentation software, Prezi, multiple people can make changes to a single presentation without needing to resend updated files and share it with a link. If you’re presenting to team members or clients in other locations, you can even save travel time by delivering the presentation remotely online.

Take your business online

The rise of affordable online marketing and eCommerce platforms is levelling the playing field for small businesses, making it easier to reach customers beyond your local area. You don’t need a huge marketing budget to jump online and set up a Facebook page for your business, but you will need an adequate data allowance to update it regularly with compelling content to keep your customers (and potential customers) engaged. Facebook for business offers some simple tips to get you started.

More than half Australian small and medium businesses still aren’t trading online according to the Sensis eBusiness Report, but those who have made the move are seeing the benefits with the share of total sales activities occurring online continuing to grow over the past three years. And now, setting up an online store is easier than ever with options like Neto that helps you build and run your online store. You can even choose from thousands of design templates from the most basic to flash and fancy, that can be easily adapted to grow with your business.

Get appy to improve productivity

Apps are improving efficiency in our personal lives every day – whether it’s checking the bus time table in advance, ordering your dinner or skipping the coffee queue – but many businesses still aren’t taking advantage of the savings business apps can offer.

There’s an app for almost everything these days, but here are some of my favourites: Make rostering easier with Deputy; keep track of how long you’ve spent on tasks for clients with Time Tracker; and help minimise paper signatures with DocuSign.

This is the second year in a row we’ve increased data allowances for existing business customers.

If you’re one of more than 300,000 eligible business customers you won’t need to do anything to get the extra data, it will be automatically added to your account in the coming months. Once we’ve made the change, we’ll let you know so you can start enjoying your new data allowance right away.