Lemonade Stand Tips

Lemonade Stand Tips

by Nicholas Tart on February 19, 2009 · 72 comments

JuniorBiz wants you to have a safe, healthy and successful lemonade stand. Here are a few tips to help you to make that happen.

Safety Tips

  • ALWAYS have a parent or guardian with you while running your lemonade stand.
  • Never leave your lemonade stand without your parent or guardian coming with you.
  • Use paper and plastic cups and pitchers instead of glass.
  • Set up your stand where there are lots of people.
  • Have an adult help you slice the lemons.
  • Check the weather before you go out so you do not get caught in a storm

Health Tips

  • Always wash your hands with hot, soapy water before preparing and handling food.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back so it does not dip in the lemonade when you are serving a customer.
  • Cover the lemonade with a paper towel between servings to keep dirt and bugs out.
  • Use a ladle or tongs instead of your fingers to serve the ice.

Success Tips

  • Make sure your sign is in a place where people can see it and read it.
  • Decorate your stand with bright colors to gain attention.
  • Make and keep extra lemonade in a cooler under your lemonade stand in case you run out.
  • Offer treats other than lemonade like brownies or cookies to boost your sales.
  • Try making different types of lemonade so your customers have more to choose from.
  • Price it right. If someone is hesitant to buy because it is too expensive, lower your price.
  • If possible, have a big clear jar to hold your money so people can see that other people like your lemonade.
  • Put a little bit of money and change in your money jar when you first set up so you can make change and also to attract customers.
  • Have plenty of extra ice in a cooler, because lemonade is only good when it is cold.
  • Clean up your area at the end of the day.
  • Put a garbage can next to your stand so your customers have somewhere to put their empty cups.
  • Always be polite and cheerful.

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1 Katie June 28, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Have a contaner with ur money jar and then put some of the money into a jar at the top so people will feel bad for u and they will but some also when people come around act all cute and yell “lemonade!” that will make people no u r there and make sure u say thank u and make a sign that is simple like some thing like “fresh lemonade” and make sure ur area is neat and put al least 3 icecubes on each glass. have tongs for the ice and get a cooler. if it is hot out have a water bottle and stay out for at least 4 hours. If you have long hair or you shed alot put it in a ponytail.when u see a car yell lemonade.when the coustomer is gone mile and talk make sure u have fun.

What to have at the lemonade stand
*water bottle (for you)
*big sign

2 Nick Tart June 28, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Hey Katie,

Those are some very good points. I’ve also written a Lemonade Stand Guide you can see here:


Let me know how your lemonade stand goes!


3 Emily March 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

MY friend and i are just starting a lemonade stand this summer and we are following all your steps.hopefully we do well.

4 Jaydee May 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Same that’s what me and my friend are doing .ive been looking up some info and read all of them but do you really want to show your money ?

5 Peter June 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

you do make a point do you want to put extra money out to get ripped of I can understand in my pocket but not out today with these people

6 Rhea July 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

Hey!! Very nice!! But it isn’t ur it’s your. Maybe you were doing the short version. Thanks!! My friend and I are doing a lemonade and Kool aid sale on saturday along with bookmarks. But we r gonna take it around the neighborhood not on a table. She will carry the wagon. I will carry the cooler. The wagon will have our money and stuff. We ,are posters TI give t people so they can spread it around, then later we will go to the park. And sell.

7 Bianca December 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I am having a lemonade stand and I will follow these steps. Great Website.

8 Nick Tart December 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Thanks, Bianca! Let me know how it goes!

9 Ellie December 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

So 100 feet from the road right? so about 3-4 SMALL cars can fit on the side of the road…..could i ask her neibor if we coule potentially hold cars in her driveway? She works all day. We are thinking about having parking tape around the parking place. We think that we will have the stand at our busstop. it has chairs, and a swinging patio chair. Also i can pick up some chairs or would big logs help? K sorry i have never done this before

10 Nick Tart December 22, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Ellie, don’t apologize for asking these questions. In fact, I wish more young people were this enthusiastic about something. It’s awesome! Always feel free to ask questions on my site, Ok?

Maybe, I’m not sure if I wrote it right. Let me put it this way:

I’m assuming you live on a street with other houses. If you’re looking at the front of your house, the big lemonade stand sign should be located about 4 or 5 houses to the right (down the street). Then it might read, “Fresh Lemonade, 4 Houses From Here!” This way, someone who reads the sign will know exactly where to pull over.

Definitely ask your neighbor if it would be ok, but make sure you get your parent’s permission. More than anything, that’s one more person who knows about your lemonade stand.

I would choose chairs over big logs, but that decision is up to you. It might be kinda cool to drink fresh lemonade while sitting on a big log!

Good luck, and keep firing off questions if you have them!

11 Yahsi October 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Hi. I would like to do a lemonade stand but i just dont know were to do it. I am on fall break right now so i want to do it during that time. i called a park to see if i could do it there and they said i have to have a permit. I live in a apartment so………… plz help me i need to find a place!!!!!!!

12 Nicholas Tart October 13, 2011 at 8:53 am

Hey Yahsi… I went to a dog park this morning and thought, this is the perfect place to host a lemonade/hot chocolate stand on a Saturday afternoon or morning. You’re right that you have to go to where the people are and it’s a shame they told you that you needed a permit.

Let me know if you have other questions.

13 Danielle December 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Me and my sister will be having a lemonade stand in a few days. These tips are great so hopefully we will have a successful stand! I can’t wait!!!!!

14 Nick Tart December 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Hey Danielle! That’s awesome! Good luck and let me know how it goes.

15 sierra April 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

hope you do well!!!!!!

16 Ttam December 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I am making a lemonade stand with my friend. Items consist of lemonade, water bottles, chips, and cookies. I hope we attract customers!

17 Ttam December 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I just made thirtybucks off a stand! I’ll be sure to do this again!

18 Nick Tart December 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Wow, congrats Ttam! That’s awesome to hear! Also, nice mix of products. Thanks for sharing your success.

19 Dylan March 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Hope your tips work! I’m starting a stand next week! Wish me luck!

20 Nick Tart March 18, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hey Dylan! They should work out great. Let me know how it goes and if you have any other questions.

21 Bryce April 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

ok so i start selling at about 4:00 and end at about 7-8:00
i usually make about 20$
is that good or bad?

and by the way,ask firework stands to let u sell right by them…. people come to get fireworks… then… ya

22 Nick Tart April 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Hey Bryce! $20 is great for a lemonade stand! But I think you can do better. Try selling other refreshments at your lemonade stand like different types of lemonade or other treats like cookies or brownies. You could even offer complimentary foods like fresh strawberries or apples.

And that’s another great tip! Always try to put your lemonade stand where there are a lot of people.

23 Madison Coffey June 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Thanks so much for the tips. I am raising money for a good friends kid who has seribalpolsy and she is a single broke mom with no help so you really helped make a difference in this kids life

24 Nick Tart June 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

Wow, Madison! That is great to hear! Please feel free to send me an email if you think I can help. I’ve got lots of ideas swimming around in my head but sometimes they have to be fished out.

25 Jackie June 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

Hi Nick! I was just wondering, how much should the average lemonade cost?

<3 Jackie :)

26 Nick Tart June 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Hi Jackie! On average, sell your lemonade for 75 cents. That way it sounds like a deal and, more often than not, they’re going to let you keep the extra quarter. Now, if it’s a really hot day and there are lots of people walking by, bump your price up to $1.75 but leave room for negotiation.

Depending on whether you make lemonade from a mix or from scratch, one pitcher will cost you less than a dollar to a few bucks.

27 Bryce June 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I was wondering, would it be good to put up flyers at local parks and busy places about my lemonade stand?

28 Nick Tart June 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Yeah, definitely put up flyers! But only put them up when you’re running your stand. Then have arrows directing the people and tell them about how far away the stand is from the sign.

29 Bryce June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Thanks! and do you have any more tips on how to make my stand the profitable?

30 Nick Tart June 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Yeah, just be very vocal and friendly! Stop everyone who walks by and ask them how there day was. If they see that you’re friendly, their more likely to stop and purchase… (That tip has never been shared here ;) )

31 Bryce June 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thanks for the never before shared tip and just one more question. I was thinking that my stand would be more profitable if i added shade and chairs for the costumers to sit on while they eat and drink. Do you see any flaws or is there anything you’d like to add that would improve it even more?

32 Nick Tart June 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Wow! This is turning into quite the elaborate lemonade stand, Bryce! I’m impressed. Yeah, shade and chairs would be great as long as you can manage to provide them. You could even provide some soothing music too, to kick it up another notch.

When you hold your lemonade stand, you should take a picture of the setup and send it to me! wntart@juniorbiz.com. I’d love to showcase it as an example of an awesome lemonade stand!

33 Bryce June 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Nick!!! And I’ll post pictures of the stand.

34 Isaac June 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I am having a lemonade stand and I was wondering what price the lemonade should be.

35 Nick Tart June 25, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Hi Isaac! That depends on the size of your cups. If you have smaller cups (less than 5 inches tall) you should price it at 75 cents. That price sounds like a deal and they’ll probably let you keep the quarter.

If you have cups taller than 5 inches, then charge $1.50. Play around with those prices and see what works best. But that’s where you should start.

36 katie August 8, 2010 at 6:04 am

The lemonade stand is such a right of passage for children. This is a nice how-to article for parents and kids who want to have a bit of fun and make some money too. Making sure you set up your stand in a safe location is important. You want to be sure people can safely stop by to have a drink without fear of being hit by a car, for example.

37 Nick Tart August 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

Yeah, that’s a great point, Katie! If you don’t survive your lemonade stand, you can’t implement the lessons you learn with it later in life. In fact, streets with cars aren’t as good as sidewalks with walkers. It’s easier to stop walking to buy lemonade than it is to stop a car.

38 hardy har har!! May 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm

hello 20$ isnt bad but i make 134$ in my lemonade stamd cause i make it homemade. You should try iit and put up i sign saying homemade lemonade!!!!!!!, that will increase the #’s of people coming to ur stand

39 Nicholas Tart May 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

Thanks for the advice, Hardy Har! That’ll be the new barometer for how much I tell people they can make with a lemonade stand. Was it all in one day?

40 Abe June 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

We’ve found that having an attractive stand more people stop by. Building one for my son took a lot of time and a lot of money for material.. However you could check out these lemonade stands http://www.ikeslemonadestand.com

41 Nicholas Tart June 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Hey Abe… Those are nice stands but you should have disclosed that that’s you and your sons’ business. Normally, I’d take down your comment, but I like what you’re doing.

42 Nia June 26, 2011 at 12:11 am

I’m having a lemonade stand tomorow and I put in alot of hardwork, but I’m afraid I wont do as well as I anticipate

43 Nicholas Tart June 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Hey Nia! If it doesn’t go as well as you expect, that’s a great opportunity to figure out why so you can make adjustments next time. Good luck and let us know how it went!

44 angelica June 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm
45 Nicholas Tart June 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Yeah, they are! Do you know them?

46 Linny June 30, 2011 at 7:24 am

hi, i would like to get some tips on the lemonade materials needed to make a lemonade stand as well as where i can buy the materials. Should i include some snacks for extra and chairs?

47 Nicholas Tart June 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Hey Linny! You’re lemonade stand can be as simple as setting up a foldable table and taping a “Lemonade” sign on the front of it. If you want to build a custom one from scratch, you’ll find plenty of wood and screws at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

As far as the snacks and chairs, include whatever else you think your customers will want. Always, always do things based on what customers want.

48 AbdulRahman July 4, 2011 at 4:44 pm

How much should i put my lemonade stand? How much do i sell them for how many cubs do i need to have? Should my lemonade stand be home made lemon or from a store? Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllllllllllllllpppppppppppppppppp mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee???????????????????????????????

49 Nicholas Tart July 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

Hey Abdul! I think these two posts will answer most of your questions.

Lemonade Stand Guide
How to Make Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

50 AbdulRahman July 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

what material do i need to do my lemonade? How should it look like? sorry to many question in one time.

51 Nicholas Tart August 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

Hey Abdul! Perhaps this article will help: http://juniorbiz.com/how-to-make-lemonade

52 Dónal August 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

i made a lemonade stand at saint patricks day before (im irish so its probably more important here!!) and after the parade we set up our stand
we made 60 euro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but lots of other kids were jealous of us so we think they might set one up this year!!!
what can we do if they start taking our business (we will be doing one again this year)

53 Daniel Hoang August 29, 2011 at 5:57 am

Nice Donal, that’s about 95.42 dollars in America.

54 donal August 30, 2011 at 1:30 am

cool is that good?

55 Nicholas Tart August 31, 2011 at 11:03 am

Yeah, that’s really good, Donal! How do you think you can prevent them from taking your business?

56 donal August 31, 2011 at 11:12 am

i dont know
think you can help?

57 Daniel Hoang August 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

read the blog^

58 Clara September 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Nice tips! Today I brought home a water bottle from home. Everyone in the school has. We’re supposed to fill it with coins. Or at least fill it with SOME… It’s for Bastrop fires. 1,500 homes destroyed! Yikes!

I got a great idea in class…make a lemonade stand! It’ll help raise money. This is my first time, and I needed tips. Thanks SO much for this. Now I don’t need to get that “How Lemonade Stands Work” book in my local library. And again, thanks! I’ll tell you how it goes!!

59 Nicholas Tart September 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Hey Clara! That’s a cool idea with the water bottles. Haven’t heard of that one.

I’m glad you’re thinking of creative ways to help even more. Make sure you read our Lemonade Stand Guide as well. And come back to tell us how it goes.

60 Nichole January 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Hey Nick! I was just wondering if it would be good to have a lemonafe stand near the entrance of a baseball or soccer tournament or game or bad because of consession stands nearby.

61 Nicholas Tart January 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hey Nichole! I think that’d be a great place to open a lemonade stand. One of the best places to open any business is right next to your competitor because they’ve already found that that’s a good location for the biz.

62 dónal March 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

hi its me again
I’m doing another lemonade stand in a week (its saint patricks day again!!)
any tips for me??

63 Mae May 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Hello!I am wanting to start a lemonade stand at my house,but there’s one problem;I live more in the country…There is some cars that go by,but a few are really fast driving down my road…How can I catch their attention?I thought of getting a poster and making a stop sign out of it…

64 Claire June 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

I have some VERY important tips for you!
-sell later in the day
-sell pink and yellow lemonade
-act sweet
-also sell cookies
-have ice avalible
-sell during rush hour and when kids get home from school (if you are homeschooled and get out earlier, or if your school gets out for the summer earlier than other schools)
-turn the radio on
-have friends bike around your neighborhood and yell,” Lemondade”
-have a change bucket
-though they say don’t overprice, do it! I do it all the time and people always buy lemonade! They know how it’s like to be a child………
-HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
p.s. send your responses to birdiehelmken@gmail.com !!!

65 tesleigh July 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

My best friend and i are doing a lemonade stand tomarrow and we hope to have a great stand!

66 Tzarina November 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Do I need a permit to sell at a park?

67 Justin December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

i want to open a lemonade stand at a park but i dont know if i need a permit do i.

68 journey smith-anderson February 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

that is reely good but my younger sister and i started a lemonade stand last summer. i made $25 by my self that was my best sale ever but were selling hot co-coa tomorrow my friend is probubly coming over tomorrow to sell duct tape things .were just about to bake cookies to sell its going be fun.

69 journey February 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

i am 9 years old i turned 9 in december

70 Katie July 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hey, Nick?

My sister and I live in an apartment complex with a lot of cars driving by at the entrance and we usually make about 20-35 dollars, but since we’re out there for a long time and it’s REALLY hot, I wanted to know If there was any way to make more money??

Al I have is a tray table that I usually can’t even use. I have to use a small cooler. Ugh.

My mom won’t let me sell cookies, and I don’t have a cooler big enough to hold another pitcher of lemonade. I want my lemonade stand to STAND ;) out!!

I know it’s probably been like 6 years since you answered anything on this website, but I was curious to see if I could get any help.

Thanks even if you don’t reply (or even read!)

~Katie and Ella

71 Kara July 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

It’s Kara!

-Have a bottle of hand sanitizer on the table (and use it before serving!)
-Keep your hair neat
-Wear appropriate clothes
-Play some music to get people’s attention
-Deals (like buy 2 get the 3rd half off) will really sell with families
-Have a tip jar
-Ask people to donate to charity. [AND ACTUALLY GIVE IT TO CHARITY.]
-Keep your phone with you (so you can call your parents or maybe even 911… You never know with people these days… D:
-Use sunscreen or have some sort of shade. It’s ESSENTIAL! You don’t want to get skin cancer!! D:

Good luck! I hope you get TONS of customers!! Stay safe, and use sunscreen to not get burnt!!

Lots of love,


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