This guide will tell you everything you need to know to start and run a successful lemonade stand. Follow these six steps and have fun!
STEP 1: HOW TO MAKE A LEMONADE STAND
The first and most important part of having a lemonade stand is making the actual lemonade stand. You have two options:
- Make it from an existing table, or
- Make a table from scratch.
The easiest option is to make your stand out of an existing table. To do this, you just make a bright and colorful sign and tape it to the front of the table.
On your sign you should have two things:
- The word “LEMONADE” in big letters, and
- The price you are charging per cup.
The last part of your lemonade stand is a foldable chair. You are probably not going to want to be standing the whole time.
STEP 2: HOW TO MAKE LEMONADE
The next step in having a lemonade stand is making the lemonade.
What you need:
- a 1 gallon pitcher (to hold the lemonade)
- lemonade mix/lemons (to make the lemonade)
- sugar (to sweeten the lemonade)
- several 12 ounce plastic cups (to serve the lemonade)
- ice (to keep the lemonade cold)
- a jar or tin (to collect the money)
As far as making the actual lemonade, you have two options:
- Make from a mix, or
- Make from scratch.
The easiest option here is to make your lemonade from a mix. Simply put the mix and sugar in an empty pitcher. Then add the appropriate amount of cold water. Blend the water and the mixture together with a wooden spoon until it is all the same color. Finally, add the ice.
Note: If you have an extra lemon lying around, cut it in half and put it in the pitcher. This makes the lemonade look more delicious.
Refer to “How to make fresh squeezed lemonade“ if you do not want to use a mixture.
STEP 3: WHERE TO SET UP YOUR STAND
Deciding where to put your lemonade stand is the next big step. In order to get a lot of customers, you are going to want to set up where there are a lot of people walking around.
No matter where you set up your lemonade stand, make sure to always have a parent or guardian by your side.
Some good places to set up are:
- a park with lots of people,
- a sidewalk on a busy corner,
- near a golf course,
- outside of a grocery store (Important: get permission from the store first because you usually have to give a portion of your profits to a charity), or
- at some type of event where there are lots of people selling things (i.e. an art expo).
STEP 4: HOW MUCH TO CHARGE PER CUP
Before you ever sell a cup of lemonade, you need to decide how much you are going to charge.
Usually 25 cents to a dollar is a good amount to charge.
You do not want to charge so much that no one wants to buy any. And you do not want to charge so little that you completely run out of lemonade.
If your price is set at one dollar and everyone still wants to buy a cup, consider raising it next time you sell your lemonade stand.
STEP 5: HOW TO TREAT YOUR CUSTOMERS
When you are treating your customers to their ice cold lemonade, remember that they are paying you. So when someone asks for a cup of lemonade, make sure they are happy too!
The best way to make the exchange when someone orders a glass of lemonade is to follow these steps:
- Collect the money first.
- Pour them their lemonade.
- When pouring the lemonade, make sure each cup has some ice to keep it cold.
- You can use tongs or a ladle to add ice to the cup if it does not come out when pouring.
- Ask them how it was.
- Listen if they offer any suggestions.
- Tell them to “Have a great day!”
*Always make sure the customer is happy!*
STEP 6: DECIDING WHAT ELSE TO SELL
The best thing about having a lemonade stand is that you can sell more than just lemonade. It is actually a really good idea to have more options for your customers to buy.
Here is a list with other things you can sell at your lemonade stand:
- Popsicles (need a cooler)
- Soda pops (need a cooler)
- Ice cream (need a cooler)
- Sno-Cones (need a sno-cone maker and accessories)
- Iced tea (some people don’t like lemonade, need a separate pitcher)
- Different types of lemonade (pink lemonade, other flavored lemonade, etc.)
Note: Make sure to have other signs telling your customers that you sell more than just lemonade. Otherwise they might not know.
A lemonade stand is a fun business to have, especially if you are under the age of 12. But always remember to have a parent or guardian with you at ALL TIMES. There are a lot of bad people out there and you may even meet a few at your lemonade stand. If you do think someone is acting suspicious or creepy, simply ask your parent/guardian to serve them for you.
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