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  • 5 Useful iPhone Applications for Small Business Owners

    Posted on October 2, 2015 by Kelsey Jones

    Entrepreneurs and small business owners have a lot of things to balance, from keeping up with schedules to managing customer concerns and complaints. There is no doubt that running a small business can be extremely hard. Being organized and productive is more challenging as the owner of the business. However, running your own small business is also rewarding - you get to be the boss and call the shots, you get the most out of the revenue, and you’re able to see your business succeed.

    Different iPhone application developers have really maximized the usefulness of the device, resulting in applications, which are utilized for business organization and productivity. Here are some of the top iPhone apps that small business owners can use for better business productivity. These apps can take care a lot of the things that usually business owners’ minds, like to-lists and business cards.

    Business Plan for Entrepreneurs’ Startups
    Before you delve into your business, you need to have a concrete and detailed business plan. The worst thing that can happen is to go without a decent plan and ending up losing resources like money, time, and effort. This app will really help those who are just starting in their business. It contains over 100 background articles, which can give you a springboard to start shaping your business plan. As you start creating your company, you can also use this app’s elegant business and budget templates. The goal of using this app is for you to have a structured business plan, which you will follow years into your business.

    Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists
    The name sums up its functions - it lets you organize the things you will do for the day, month, or year. This help helps remind you of major tasks and serves as a checklist that you can regularly update in a central location. As a small business owner, managing a lot of things can cause you forget a lot, and this application like this one is the solution. It can sync with all your devices so you can be reminded of what you have to do, wherever you go.

    If you want to send better email, this app is the answer. It lets you organize your email templates, manage your email lists, and analyzes data (e.g. number of subscribers, clicks, opens, etc). If you have an email list for your company, MailChimp can report how many of them opened your emails or newsletters. This app is really useful if you’re growing your email list, which is undoubtedly essential for your business. It also syncs with the web-based version, which is super easy to use as well.

    BizXpenseTracker - Expense, Mileage & Time Tracking
    As a small business owner, tracking your expenses, travel mileage, and time is important, and this app does them all. It lets you create reports on the expenses you’ve used and is useful for tracking the money spent so you will be organized in your budgeting. This app has been popular among reviewers and consumers. Definitely a must have for small business owners, as running your business involves a lot of expenses, and it’s easy to lose track of them.

    Business Card Design
    This elegant application allows users to easily design their business cards. It has a lot of built-in templates and examples you can use, and it also lets you scan the business cards of other colleagues, which is useful for keeping your network strong and healthy. A good-looking business card truly adds reputation its owner, and this app will help you take care of that.

    Almost all of these applications are not free (except MailChimp), but as a business owner, you have to make certain investments to yield great results, and these apps are the good ones. Stay tuned as we unveil even more top iPhone applications that can help make your life even easier.

    Photo Credit: Pixabay


    This post was posted in Technology, Promotion and was tagged with iPhone, apps, start-up, business, ios apps

  • Top iPhone Apps for Business Professionals

    Posted on September 23, 2015 by Kelsey Jones

    The world of business is a very demanding place - pressure to perform well and climb the corporate ladder is everywhere, schedules are hectic, and we are prone to be disorganized if we don’t plan things well. Our schedules need to account for a lot of things for the business, travel to meetings, and to grow and maintain our network of clients, suppliers, and other important people.

    This is the second part of our top iPhone apps series, and in this article, we will share some of the top apps business professionals can use to make their lives a whole lot easier:

    Building a network is one of the most important steps in being successful in business, and LinkedIn is one of the best sites for professionals. The app has the same functions as the website has, like discussing in your groups, and checking out people’s profiles, but the platform and format is tailored for the iPhone so it is more easy and comfortable to use. Whether you are a new college graduate or a seasoned vet of your industry, the LinkedIn app is a must have.

    This app helps you store and organize your business cards. By utilizing the iPhone’s camera, it recognizes the information on the business card and stores the data to its address book. All you have to do is take a picture of the business card, and Camcard will extract the name, address, and other contact information. It’s useful when you have a lot of business cards and you do not want to bring them everywhere you go.

    If you are managing business expenses, or you just want to effectively manage your budget and resources, Expensify is a great app to use. It can store and track your receipts and easily make expense reports. It also tracks mileage for business or personal travel.

    For expenses, you take a picture of the receipt and then choose the report where the receipt will be accounted (in which report and category). It is the most convenient app for creating expense reports and will save you from a lot of stress.

    One of the best apps for business professionals who regularly travel, TripIt in itself is very unique. You send an confirmation email to and it will send you a detailed itinerary of your trip before you leave. This app can locate and manage hotel check ins, car and other rental services and all the things that go along with travel. You can also sync your trips to your other organizing apps, and edit them. There’s a paid and free version of TripIt, but either way, it is highly recommended app for business or personal travels.

    This app does one of the most important things in business - which is enabling you to easily and conveniently put your signature to documents such as contracts, receipts, reports, agreements, and papers in PDF. SignEasy saves you from a lot of headaches on having to scan your signatures and place them on documents because you can do it directly through the app. This is for every business professional who wishes to sign documents and store them in a fast and easy way.

    Some of these apps are free and some have a price, but one things is sure - these apps will surely be of great use as you continue in your business. Life will be more convenient and you can focus more on doing great in your company and other important things.

    Stay tuned as we unveil more top iPhone apps for more types of professionals.

    Photo Credit: Pixabay

    This post was posted in Promotion, How To: and was tagged with iPhone, apps, LinkedIn, expensify, tripit, signeasy, camcard

  • 5 Easy-To-Use iPhone Applications To Become More Organized

    Posted on September 15, 2015 by Kelsey Jones

    One of the greatest challenges professionals and business owners face is organization. Schedule are tight and it becomes difficult to juggle all those meetings, deadlines, and other obligations. Some even hire assistants to manage some of their organizing work to reduce the stress in doing so. On top of other priorities like family and personal interests, getting overwhelmed becomes understandable.

    Yet, becoming organized is within your pocket. The iPhone is a useful tool to organize your life. Basic applications such as notes or alarm can be useful to some extent. These will usually not cover all our organizing needs, but there are several third-party applications in the market you can utilize. In this article, we will share some of the top iPhone apps for general use, mostly in organizing schedules, storage of data, and taking notes. These apps are truly a must have for everyone who is taking the first step to a more organized life. While not all of of these apps are free, but paid apps are worth the money if they save you from a lot of stress.


    This app has long been present in the market and still has come out as one of the top favorites. If you’re a professional who takes a lot of notes, this app can help keep you organized. You can take notes, add pictures, save video/audio, collaborate and discuss ideas with your co-workers, and present data with ease. Whether it is a short list of things to do or research and article writing, Evernote will help you become more efficient. The Basic app is free, and there are Plus and Premium upgrades to their service which come at a price.


    Trello acts a board where you can input the things you will do on a card and pin them. It helps you organize in a way where you can create a streamlined process for everything that needs to get done. This can be also used for collaboration where you assign tasks to your co-workers or assistants and they can communicate through it. You can put checklists and deadlines so you can be sure to not miss anything. It is simple, free and easy to use.


    This has become a popular online cloud storage and backup service and is useful to a lot of professionals who have a lot of files, and want them to be readily available wherever they go. The free version lets you have 2GB online space which you can use to store your stuff and share them at will. There is also Dropbox Pro, where at a cost, you can have 1TB of data. This will help you backup and store your files, as it automatically syncs with your computer's files.


    If your professional work involves being active on social media, Hootsuite is a great app to stay on top of publishing to your networks. It lets you schedule your posts in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. This is useful for advertising content and brand marketing because it saves you from the hassle of having to post at a specific schedule. It's also helpful if you need to have your content posted but you do not have the luxury of time to do so. The free version lets you manage up to three social media networks.

    Documents to Go

    This is an all-in-one office application where you can edit Microsoft Office files such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This one is extremely useful when you need to make emergency changes to your files, but you do not have access to your laptop or desktop. Although this is a paid app, its value exceeds its cost, because you never know when you'll really need it.

    These applications will benefit you a lot as you become organized in your life. Give them a try, and you’ll be surprised that with the help of apps, it's not that that difficult to balance things in work and other priorities.

    Photo credits: Pixabay

    This post was posted in Technology, News and was tagged with apps, iOS, Evernote, Dropbox, iphone apps, hootsuite, documents to go, trello

  • Brand Ambassador Wanted

    Posted on September 11, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    We are looking for brand ambassadors, social media celebrities and bloggers with a strong influence on the net. If you have a blog that you maintain daily, we'd love to send you free samples to review and evaluate (good and bad) on your blog and/or social media pages. To sign up, please fill out our brand ambassador application form for free samples.

    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your presence on the net, and also include your smart phone or tablet make/model, and if we find you to be a good fit, we will notify you and send you samples, gift certificates, or new products for review.

    This post was posted in Promotion and was tagged with social media, brand ambassador, bloggers, free samples, product review

  • Apple Announces New Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus & All New iPad Pro

    Posted on September 10, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Apple announced the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus yesterday. It is what is known as an incremental updated version of its flagship smartphone with the same form factor albeit slightly larger depth to fix what was known as the "bendgate" from last year. Major highlights of the new phone are:

    1. 3D Touch - the iPhone is not pressure sensitive! Pressing down harder on the screen now will offer new features and functions.

    2. New Rose Gold Color - a new color for the ladies!

    3. More Powerful Internals - A9 processor, 12-megapixel rear camera capable of recording 4K videos, 5-megapixel front camera for selfie fans!

    Everything else stays relatively the same, as the saying goes, why mess with something that is already perfect? The new iPhones are open for pre-ordering on September 12th, and official release happens on September 25th.

    We here at Story Leather are working hard and ready to take your custom holster cases for the new iPhone. For fitted and hard shell cases, we will have to wait until the 25th when the phone officially releases to ensure proper fitting. Custom build your holster here:

    This post was posted in Fashion, Promotion, News

  • The Much Awaited Upgrade on the iPhone is Coming - What to Expect

    Posted on September 4, 2015 by Kelsey Jones

    On September 9, Apple will announce the much awaited upgrade of their latest iPhone models - the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Much speculation have been stirring these past few months over rumors on the specific upgrades for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Despite who is in the right or wrong about the rumors, everyone is expecting the new models to become available just in time for the holiday season.
    It's fairly safe to say that Apple will keep its “S” naming scheme, which started with the iPhone 3G S in 2009. The latest iPhone has been in the market for about a year, so it's expected that the “S” upgrade implies only to internal upgrades. The external will remain the same: screen sizes will still be 4.7 and 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, respectively.

    Some of the rumored upgrades for the upcoming iPhone include: a faster A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera with 4K video recording, an additional microphone to enhance voice quality, and a new internal mechanical design to address some bending issues users experienced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With these upgrades, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be one of the most powerful iPhones yet this year, rivaling other competitor smartphones.

    The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will run under iOS 9, the latest OS for the iPhone series. Rumor has it that the iPhones will have a smaller battery with 1715 mAh as compared to its predecessors. But with the latest OS and the A9 processor using less power, many users will not notice the smaller battery.
    The iPhone has been praised for its ability to shoot crisp and clear photos, and the rumored 12-megapixel upgrade for the 6s and 6s Plus will only further its dominance as the one with the best camera available in smartphones.

    No More Bending?
    The notable upgrade for some users, however, is addressing the latest iPhone’s bending issues. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus especially have been long criticized for its tendency to bend. People have even made videos on bending iPhones to share on iPhone. Hopefully the upgrade will solve it.

    Other Exciting Updates
    The usual “S” upgrade such as Siri and Touch ID is expected to be in the awaited iPhones. Additionally, one rumored feature is the Force Touch, which is first introduced in the Apple Watch. This will improve fingerprint recognition by allowing pressure sensitive gestures.
    Aside from white and black, the new iPhones will also supposedly come in a new color: rose gold. More customized colors are expected by the time the iPhones will come out on the 18th.

    Whether these rumors are true or not, one thing's for sure - the iPhone 6 and 6

    Plus will likely be the best ever phone yet in 2015.

    Photo credits: Pixabay, News Tactics

    Order a custom made to order leather case for the all new Apple iPhone 6S or the 6S Plus today

    This post was posted in Promotion, News and was tagged with iphone 6s, iphone 6s plus

  • Labor Day Weekend Special - 30% OFF In Stock Items

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Happy Labor Day Weekend!!

    Save 30% on all in-stock wallets, phone cases, and small leather goods. This code only applies to in-stock, ready-to-ship items. For custom made to order goods, use promo code POST10 to save 10%!

    iPhone 6 Cases | iPhone 6 Plus Cases | Small Wallets | Long Wallets | Small Leather Goods

    OFFER EXPIRES 09/08/2015

    This post was posted in Fashion, Promotion and was tagged with promotion, in-stock, Labor Day, sale, 30% off

  • Story Leather Testimonial – The Best Leather Clip Holster for a Great Smartphone

    Posted on September 1, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    When BlackBerry launched their Passport smartphone last year, we, here at Story Leather, knew there would be a dedicated fan base looking for a high quality leather case to protect the device.  Sure enough, we were able to build a dedicated following, and we like to share what one of our BlackBerry fan has to say:

    "Outstanding quality, perfect fit, elegant and maximum protection for the BlackBerry Passport. In the market there is nothing of a similar quality. I highly recommend it. I am very happy with the product, it is ideal for this smartphone, very stylish, comfortable and safe."

    Jorge from Fort Lauderdale, Florida


    This post was posted in Fashion, Testimonial and was tagged with BlackBerry, case, leather holster, belt clip, Passport

  • Story Leather Testimonial - My gorgeous iPhone & iPad cases

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    Pamela from Texas loves us and we are happy to be included in her Purrple collection. Her testimonial below:

    "I wanted to share my photos with everyone of my gorgeous iPhone & iPad cases.  I have the new iPad Air 2 & the iPhone plus, couple that with my extreme love (heart icon) for the color Purrple .  The quality of material is excellent & it looks even better in person. "

    Pamela was also kind enough to share her personal style with us:

    What does personal style mean to you? I have very unusual personal style. I ONLY wear, buy & have shades of Purple in my life.   I have created my own personal style & I surround myself & my husband with it as even our home is decorated with shades of purple on the walls and everything that's in it.
    What are some style “do’s” and “don’ts” you try to follow? I do what I think looks good on me and I don't follow the trends just to be following them I make my own !!!
    Are there any recent trends that you loved or hated? I started dying my hair Purrple 3 years ago before anyone else so I started a trend that is the one i Love.    Girls with their hair shaved on one side, I don't get it. That's the one I hate.
    How did you come across Story Leather and what was your first purchase? I googled:  Purple Leather case for iphone 6 plus  and I purchased  iphone 6 plus case, ipad air 2 case & a wallet for my husband

    Thank you Pamela for the love and this wonderful testimonial!

    This post was posted in Testimonial and was tagged with iPad, iPhone case, hampton, iphone 6+, purrple, purple

  • Taking Custom Orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 NOW!

    Posted on August 18, 2015 by Jerry Lee

    We are accepting custom orders for Note 5 now!

    Samsung just announced the Galaxy Note 5 last week. This is the latest sign that the South Korean manufacturer is phasing out its plastic-clad phones in exchange for ones with metal and glass builds, with its 5.7-inch quad HD display, better specs and the return of the S-Pen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has everything you want minus the SD card expansion slot and the ability to replace battery.

    We are now taking custom orders for the Note 5, final fitting tests will be performed on August 21st, this Friday, when the phone officially releases.

    Choose a style and custom build your Note 5 leather case here.

    This post was posted in Promotion, News and was tagged with galaxy note 5, note 5, note 5 leather case

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