August e-News The Cedar Shop

Measure twice – cut once

Measure twice – cut once is old adage and Irwin Tools has a full complement of marking tools that make it easier than ever. Whether you're building a deck, gazebo, kitchen, bathroom or outdoor project, nothing saves time and money like cutting right the first time. Irwin marking tools will help you mark your measurements with precision. With chalk reels, floor tape, stake markers and more, Irwin can make sure you're spending quality time perfecting jobs the first time, rather than wasting time and money on a redo.


Power up for fall

Is it time to upgrade your power tool line up? Check out the latest in DeWalt hand tools, including the 40V MAX* Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower, featuring:

  • 400 CFM and 120 MPH performance
  • Variable trigger and speed lock
  • Lightweight and ergonomic design
  • Designed to withstand everyday heavy-duty usage

Part of the 40V MAX* system of tools


Manage your Business using the 3m's

The best way to stay in control of your contracting business is by using the 3m's: Measure, Monitor, and Manage; let's take a brief look: Measure

  • Gross Profit
  • Gross Profit on each job
  • Service work hours


  • Hours worked
  • Hours Billed
  • Net Profit
  • Manage the activities not the person


  • As a manager your role should be to look for problems and find solutions
  • Work on providing better support, mentoring and training for your team.

There are a host of other performance indicators to which you can apply the 3m's to. The key is to not do them all yourself but to set up a process and delegate to other team members. To read more on managing your business using the 3m's go to the Sexton Group blog.

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