• 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

  • 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

  • 8 Factoids That You May Not Know About Snapchat

    Posted on June 2, 2015 by Andrew Franco

    1. 1. I know, it feels like it’s been here since we have, or maybe that’s just me projecting. Still, Snapchat has exceedingly made its way to the top height of social media. But it was first launched in July 2011. Its safe to say that it’s had a quick rise and is only gaining more popularity with its users.

    1. 2. I don’t know which name I like better, but did you know that Snapchat was formerly known as Picaboo?

    1. 3. Yes, there are many adults that have found their way to the app, with help from their sons and/ or daughters or curiosity. However, they make up only a minority of the users, while  71% of Snapchat users are under the age of 25.

    1. 4. Rather it has any relevance to you or not, it’s something to pontificate that, of the users of Snapchat, roughly 70% are women.

    1. 5. Personally, I go days without posting to my snapchat story or sending any direct snaps to anyone, but, like voting, my number does not matter. There are 400 million snapchats sent per day.

    1. 6. 100 million monthly active users? That’s one seventh of the fraction of the amount of people in this world-- all users of one app. Wow.

    1. 7. Of the millennial internet users, about 30% access Snapchat regularly, the word regularly probably being a vague understatement.

      1. 8. In comparison with the other truths and approximations, this number reads low. Out of all the United States’ social media users, only 18% use Snapchat.

    This post was posted in Fashion, Technology, News

  • Story Leather's Silly Cell-Phone Drop Stories

    Posted on May 2, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    We recently covered the benefits of covered cases for cell phones, especially when it comes to protection from accidental drops, but sometimes it takes a little reminder to drive home the importance of a point.


    According to, who recently took a survey of over 3,000 individuals:


    * 18 percent of frequent travelers have paid to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Over a third of travelers have spent more than $30 on tablet protection

    * 81 percent of parents report that their child has broken their tablet by throwing it

    * One in four parents had to pay to fix their tablet screen in the past year

    * Nearly half of parents (45 percent) said the most common cause of tablet damage was from getting in and out of a car, or leaving it on top of a car


    These statistics were arrived at after the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops, asked frequent travelers and parents about their tablet use.


    So now that you have the facts, here are a few fun stories we here at Story Leather gathered for your amusement, and edification.



    (Photo Courtesy of


    I once dropped my phone in the toilet — and flushed it! The phone had been in my back pocket and after tinkling, I stood as I normally do and flushed. Simultaneously, the phone fell from my pocket and was carried away with the current. But it didn't leave the unit completely. I had to call a plumber who dismantled the toilet, turned it upside down in the bathtub and fished the phone out. Oddly enough, after drying out for a few days, the phone still worked (I didn't use it anymore, but was able to get my content). Now, I ALWAYS take my phone out of my pocket before sitting on the toilet!

    Joy Graham

    Houston, TX




    We are a moving company and actually provide company cell phones to our team leaders (the supervisor of each moving team). Therefore, we are literally always dropping our phones (off our trucks while climbing up/down, leaving them on top of a piece of furniture that gets knocked over, and many other situations).

    Jon Katz, CEO

    Katz Moving



    I drop it all the time. I have gotten quite good at the soccer toe balance... meaning I can catch it in my instep and balance it. (I have a Note 4, so it’s similar in size to a soccer ball!) This isn't an exact science, and the other day I had to use my weaker left foot, mistimed it, and kicked the phone asking the asphalt like a hockey puck about 30 feet away... Glass down. I have a phone case, so no harm done.


    Shark Tank Podcast Host


    Stay tuned for more in this series of Silly Cellphone Drop Stories – and please share, if you have one.


    And… don’t forget: We have lots of great phone cases available for whatever your needs are: Holsters, Wallet Cases, Sleeve, and so much more!

    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson

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  • Story Leather's 5 Whacky Wallet Gadgets You Can’t Be Without

    Posted on April 22, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Gadgets are great… but useless if they’re not with you. So, here are five handy-dandy little doodads you can keep in your Story Leather wallet and bust out as needed.


    1. Tool Logic’s SVC1 Survival Card – This sharp gizmo boasts a 1-inch serrated blade with an ergonomic grip, has a compass with an 8x power lens, emergency signal whistle, tiny tweezers for splinter or small object elimination, a toothpick, and inch/cm rulers – all packed in one itsy-bitsy credit card sized package!



    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    2. CarZor’s Mini Pocket Razor Shaver – It is a card, a mirror, a razor… and it’s all three at the same time! The blades are stored safely behind the mirror while it’s stashed in your wallet and viola – one quick unfold and it’s ready to whack those whiskers.



    (Photo Courtesy of Amazon)

    3. Zootility’s Multitool – Phone kickstand, bottle opener, flat screwdriver, micro screwdriver for glasses repairs, a door latch slip, letter opener, hex wrenches, and ruler. Wow.


    4. EyeCard Wallet Glasses – Your handiest reading cheaters, no bigger than a credit card and comes in its own scratch-resistant slip case that slips right into your wallet.



    (Photo Courtesy of eyeCard Readers)

    5. FlatLight – Here’s a super bright LED flashlight with 10+ hours of run time on 2 CR2016 coin replaceable batteries, and it fits fine into any sized wallet.

    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson

    This post was posted in Technology, Showcase

  • Story Leather Phone Case Review: UAG Rouge Folio!

    Posted on April 15, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    As you know there are a plethora of phone cases out there with even more companies that make them. However there are always a few household names when it comes to top notch protective cases: OtterBox, LifeProof, and UAG. UAG stands for Urban Armor Gear, and rightfully so as their protective cases are made to match or exceed military specs, which is pretty neat in my opinion.  So let’s get started with this review of the UAG Rouge Folio!



    Overall Design

    The design of the Rouge Folio is a dual combination of a wallet and protective case.  At a glance you can see their FrogSkin tech at work. This is a neat piece of tech that allows for a surface grip even if the case is slightly wet. Even if the case isn’t wet, a bit of grip is great for the iPhone 6 because we all know how slippery that phone is. Moving on, we see the classic honeycomb design that’s implemented into all their cases along with the soft gel/rubber padding in case of a sudden drop or spill.

    A new addition to their protective cover is the addition of the cover. This cover has a nice little cutout to allow us to talk without having to fold the cover around. On the other side of the cover we have a convenient insert for up to 3 cards. Unlike other cases, UAG leaves a space so you’re not guessing as to how much it can stretch. I usually guess wrong and bad stuff happens when you overstuff an insert.




    What can I say, it’s a UAG case. They tough as nails and to be honest, I’ve dropped the case a few times on accident while reviewing the case and my phone is fine (at least I think so); although I don’t recommend you going around and tossing the phone.  Another plus for the Folio design is that the screen has a cover. I don’t know how many times I’ve assumed that because I have a protective cover that my phone is protected. As many of you know we may have all the corners and the back covered, but what happens when it drops on accident? You guessed it, it falls flat on the screen, but wait I have a protective lip that extends past the screen, well here’s a rock on the floor that renders that useless.

    With that being said, a cover is not new or innovative, but essential sometimes. In my case, I play sports and sometimes I don’t have pockets, so an all in one case like the Rouge Folio is great.

    *Disclaimer: Another note worth mentioning is that I took it out for a test run as I like to hike and such, sure enough I dropped it and the result is nothing happened.




    Not many cons here, I mean the case is built solidly. The only point I would bring up is the stitching used on the card insert area. It’s a bit thin and although it hasn't happened, I can guess that it might wear away after a while. It’s a good thing that it’s on the inside so it shouldn't happen quickly if at all. So maybe it's not a Con at all.


    The Takeaway

    My overall thoughts are that this is a solid case. It offers the 360 protection by adding the front cover so you’re not worried about it falling screen first into a rock, it has the same UAG tech that is offered with all UAG cases, and it’s fairly priced. So I’d say it’s a pretty good buy for those looking for extra protection or for the active lifestyle.

    On a rating of 10 I'd give it a 9/10.

    Price: $39.95



    If you're interested in other UAG products then visit them at They also have the new Samsung Galaxy 6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9 so don't forget to check those out as well.


    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Unique Mobile Gadgets

    Posted on March 30, 2015 by Jonathan Ly

    Everyone has a smart phone and almost every smart phone is considered a mobile office, but not every office is conventional and not every job is the same. So here are some mobile gadgets that caught our attention.


    First up we have our favorite Typo Keyboard

    We've covered typo in the past and we're always saying great things about it because it's just that awesome. The typo keyboard converts your iPhone into a typing machine and soon your iPad as well. If you haven't seen one yet just check out their website ( and see what the hype is all about.


    (Photo is courtesy of Typo)

    Next up is the Beast Grip.

    I tend to cruise through Kickstarter to see if there are any new and exciting ideas that creators come up with and I came across Best Grip, the first universal and modular camera rig for smart phones. Take what you need, leave what you don't, and if forgot you need it then it's easily added on. At a glance it looks like a crazy contraption, but when you really look at it, well it makes sense. They really took every phone into account and allowed their lenses to be used universally. To get more info, visit their Kick Starter Page


    (Photo Courtesy of Beastgrip)

    Finally we wanted round it out with Artiphon's INSTRUMENT 1!

    A bit different that practical, but if you're a lover of music then this might be the coolest item on this list, or at least I think so. Picture this: a guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, etc. that's all wrapped up in a single device. Well That what INSTRUMENT 1 is, a unique device that takes these instruments and rolls it up in a nice package. Obviously a wizard was at work here.


    (Photo Courtesy of Artiphon)

    We can't possibly know everything, but luckily Their Kick Starter Page has all the info you'll need.

    Innovation is what brings the world together and these gadgets demonstrate ingenuity and creativity at their best!

    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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  • Story Leather: Top Three Wallet-Sized Gadgets for Techies

    Posted on March 25, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Male or female, rich or poor, license to kill or not, we all want to be like James Bond. Remember all his glorious gadgets? 007 gets his goodies from Q.

    Q, which stands for Quartermaster, is the head of Q Branch, a fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service.

    But you don’t have to be a super-spy to get a hold of all the tricky toys these days.

    Check out these three fun must-haves for your Story Leather Custom Wallet.

    1) Micro-Phone Wallet Cell Phone. It’s a credit card sized mini-phone with Bluetooth, GPS tracker, placing and receiving calls, SMS. How cool is that? It retails for $69 and up.


    (Photo courtesy of Gizmag)

    2) Inekehans IHCC-B Credit Card Cutlery. This one is wild. But you don’t have to be uncivilized ever again by eating with your fingers, when you carry your spork and your butter knife in your wallet. Best of all, it’s less than $20.


    (Photo courtesy of Inekehans)

    3) Brookestone Wireless Key-Finder. This is a great invention. How many times have you been all ready to go, only to discover your keys are missing. They’re somewhere in your apartment, but where..? The Key-Finder, works at a range of 60 feet and can find those pesky keys through floors, walls, even sofa cushions. It uses two AAA batteries, and sets you back only $15.



    (Photo courtesy of Brookestone)

    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson

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  • Story Leather: Wallet Gadget and Accesories

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Staci Wilson

    Your smart phone is great, but it can’t do everything. I know, hard to believe. But it’s true. Granted, the phone apps are getting more amazing by the minute – flashlights, alarms, mirrors. They’re all there. But the wallet still has a few tricks up it sleeves and in its compartments.


    Here are three fun gadgets that slip into your wallet:


    1. A Bluetooth Mouse. Forgot the mouse for your laptop? No worries. Click and drag away on your handy portable 2-button PC mouse. MoGo makes on that not only fits inside your wallet, but also PC card slot for recharging (30 minute charge; 8-10 hour battery life per charge), a 30-foot wireless range, and a kickstand elevates mouse to a comfortable height.



    (Photo courtesy of Tiger Direct)


    2. Wallet flask. Thirsty? Sorry, your phone doesn’t care. But your wallet is there for you, holding its 2-oz metal container of liquid whenever you need it. Perfect for sports games, really bad movies, or a night out on the town. Readily available, but Brookstone carries a nice one. Just remember, be of age and be safe.


    3. Swiss Army Knife. Pretty much any tool you’d need. Just be careful you don’t leave it in your wallet when it’s time to fly or go through any security checkpoints! Wallet Ninja makes a16-in-1 pocket multitool featuring Hex wrenches, can opener, bottle opener, ruler, letter opener, box opener, phone stand, peeler, and screwdrivers (Phillips, flat, and Robertson/square).



    (Photo Courtesy of Wallet Ninja)


    Our zippy Vienna Saffiano Leather long wallet would be the perfect pocket for all your cool gadgets. In addition to its three-compartment accordion pocket for bills and notes, there’s a zipper coin compartment, and four horizontal slots on each side of wallet interior. For item's like the Ninja Wallet tool that can fit into any one of our wallets!

    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

    Find Staci Layne Wilson on and on Twitter at @StaciWilson

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  • Story Leather Showcase: Minuum Keyboard

    Posted on July 30, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    It's been a while since we really took a look at a new an innovative app or piece of technology. Well with the recent IO 2014 conference we're happy to show off Minuum. I do understand that it's been out for a while, but when I saw a picture of the Moto360 with the minuum keyboard and I couldn't resist talking about it!


    A little back story from the Minuum About Us Section,

    Minuum was developed as a University of Toronto research project: Invent a better way of typing on touchscreen mobile phones without looking. This encouraged us to investigate various device tilting techniques relying on user motion—which we understood to be useful in the field of wearable technology. The Minuum virtual keyboard for touchscreens is simply one extension of this approach. Our original research also led to the development of the disambiguation algorithm, a new alphabet layout, and exciting results based on user studies with various device tilting techniques: We found that people could type at tremendous speeds, using carefully designed audio feedback, without any visual feedback or looking at their phones.

    This is just a snippet of what's on their website so for more please visit

    After a week of using the keyboard I'd have to say it's functioned a lot better than I would have anticipated. I had my reservations on how the minimal typing space would work, as I do have larger fingers, but I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive and intuitive the auto correct is. Hat's off to the person(s) who programmed Minuum because it managed to get Leather Phone Case from ldzfbsr phkje rqsc. In my mind what I typed and what I wanted to find we not even close, but they did it.

    Another perk is that I really enjoy the ability of also using a full sized keyboard along with the minimized one. There are certainly situations where I would prefer one over another.

    Pros: The design of Minuum is very clever, uses the layout of the the traditional qwerty keyboard and condenses if in a very usable fashion.

    "Auto Correct" function. The whole keyboard itself should pride itself on the correction feature it has. How it can take a jumble of letters and find the right word 99% of the time is nothing short of awesome.

    Let's not forget the screen availability now that the keyboard is almost non existent.

    Cons: Although intuitive for the person who uses a keyboard on a daily basis, for an average user the learning curve might not be as high, but the expandable keyboard was available for a reason.

    My last con, which is a bit trivial, is that that condensed keyboard is a bit too small to where I'm unable to make out the lettering at time. Again trivial problem at best.

    Overall I'd say this is an amazing keyboard that will definitely be very useful for new tech creations down the road. In fact Minuum just released a fun little video on how it works with Google Glass:



    Minuum is available for Android and iOS right now; you can even try it out free for 30 days.

    For more info on Minuum you can visit their site at or you can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.

    For more of our stories you can visit or visit our FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest for all of any updates on new styles, leathers, or promo codes.

    Don't forget to check out our recent works section to see past creations, link right HERE to take a look at all the custom designs that others have made. Who knows, maybe there's a design that speaks to you.

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