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An Inside Look at a Young Entrepreneur and Her Lemonade Dispenser

Updated on August 30, 2017

Lemonade Anyone?

Any day is a great day for a glass of fresh lemonade, and one young entrepreneur has found a way to increase her lemonade sales and her profits. My daughter has seen great success with her lemonade stands this Summer, and has taken steps to stand out from the rest. By adding a lemonade dispenser, some custom signage, and a special ingredient to her lemonade recipe she has welcomed repeat customers and seen her profits soar.

Location is very important when it comes to getting customers to a lemonade stand. Our home sits on one of the main roads that passes through a large neighborhood, so she is able to get lots of customers visiting her stand. After running her first lemonade stand this Spring, she brought in about $20.00 in less than a couple of hours selling 50 cent glasses of lemonade. With a few simple tweaks to her lemonade stand, she has been able to double her profits and now brings in around $40.00 for the same amount of time. This has been a great learning exercise for my daughter. It has helped her to realize the value of money and what it takes to earn it.

Here are her secrets to success that you can use to help your own child's entrepreneurial venture find increased profits.

(Image Credit to InterRev - Personal Photo)

Lemonade Stand Success Secrets

One of the first things that my daughter did was create her own custom lemonade stand sign. Using a large piece of cardboard, she used lots of color to attract attention. I believe that passers-by recognize the effort and creativity put into making a custom sign, and they are compelled to reward her with their business. You can see an example of one of her signs in the photo.

The next thing she did was add a lemonade dispenser to her stand. She is able to easily put a couple of gallons of lemonade in her dispenser. Her ice is kept in a separate cooler, which she adds to the cups with each serving. This allows her to keep her lemonade at full strength in the dispenser, and not be diluted by melting ice. She can quickly serve up a glass from the dispenser's tap, allowing her customers to get back on the road. There have been a number of her patrons that have commented about her dispenser and the 'professional' look that it gives her.

She has been using bulk containers of instant lemonade, but she adds a secret ingredient that always gets her customers talking about how good her lemonade tastes. Her secret ingredient is 100% pure lemon juice from concentrate. This gives her special blend that pleasant tart taste that you would get with fresh squeezed lemonade.

Another way she draws in her customers is by smiling and waving at every passer-by. Sometimes she will even do a cartwheel that turns into a wave, just to grab that attention. She thanks every customer and tells them to have a great day, which results in repeat visitors.

All these things combined have resulted in a big increase in profits, but to he honest with you, she makes most of her money off of tips. I can't tell you how many times people have given her a $5.00 bill for a 50 cent glass of lemonade, and told her to keep the change. Many of these kind neighbors have stated that they love supporting a young entrepreneur, or that her lemonade tasted so good it was worth the extra money!

(Image Credit to InterRev - Personal Photo)

Equipping Your Child's Lemonade Stand

Consider the following accessories when helping your child set up their own lemonade stand. They can have the sharpest lemonade stand on the block, and feel that sense of pride in earning their own revenue.

Listed below are some of the best deals that I could find on a lemonade dispenser, bulk lemonade mix, lemon juice from concentrate, cups in bulk, and even a lemonade stand if you really want to stand out. Keep your expenses low and your profits will be high!

CreativeWare 1.5-Gallon Bark Beverage Dispenser
CreativeWare 1.5-Gallon Bark Beverage Dispenser

Here is an inexpensive beverage dispenser that would be perfect for any lemonade stand. It will hold up to 1.5 gallons, and you can quickly fill those cups with the handy spout.

 
ReaLemon Lemon Juice - 32 Oz
ReaLemon Lemon Juice - 32 Oz

Here is a large container of 100% real lemon juice from concentrate. Add a shot of real lemon juice to your lemonade mix to give it special taste. You will have happy and repeat customers.

 
Daily Chef Translucent Cups, 330 Count, 12 oz.
Daily Chef Translucent Cups, 330 Count, 12 oz.

Here is a great deal on 330 plastic 12 oz cups for serving up your lemonade. By buying these cups in bulk, your cost is under 6 cents per cup. With 330 cups in this package, your child will have enough to sell lemonade all summer long.

 
Discovery Kids Create Your Own Combination Lemonade Stand/ Cookie Stand
Discovery Kids Create Your Own Combination Lemonade Stand/ Cookie Stand

If you really want your child's lemonade stand to shine above all the others, then check out this Discovery Kids lemonade stand. It is made from sturdy cardboard that assembles quickly and easily. It includes over 40 colorful stickers for decorating your stand. At over 6 feet tall, there is no way potential customers will miss it!

 

Another Way to Increase Profits

Looking for a way to squeeze even more profits out of your lemonade stand?

Well, how about offering some snacks? You already have people stopping by for a refreshing drink. Why not offer some chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, or other home made treats to increase your bottom line? Try popping a couple of bags of popcorn, and offering some Ziplock lunch-sized bags of this tasty treat for sale.

My daughter is also very crafty. She likes to make friendship bracelets, is into duct tape crafts, and countless other crafts. She has sold some of these items at her lemonade stand with good success. She can charge more for these type of items, since she has them in limited supply.

Use your imagination and a little creativity and test the waters with other items you can sell. You just never know what might be a hit!

(Image Credit to InterRev - Personal Photo)

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Donating Profits to Charity

You have probably heard of the story of Alex's Lemonade Stand. This foundation was started from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex decided she wanted to start a lemonade stand to raise funds to help find a cure for all children with cancer. The Foundation that bears her name has become a national fundraising movement, with thousands of supporters and participants across the country.

My daughter found inspiration in this, but wanted to help a charity that was near and dear to her heart; The National Humane Society. She love animals, and wanted to do something to support this organization. So she designates days where 50% of her lemonade stand profits are to be donated to the Humane Society to help the health and well-being of the animals that they care for.

So following suit with the direction that my daughter has set, 50% of the profits from this lens are automatically being donated to The National Humane Society of America.

My Daughter's Creative Lemonade Stand Sign

My Daughter's Creative Lemonade Stand Sign
My Daughter's Creative Lemonade Stand Sign

A Word of Caution

We live in a good neighborhood where crime is seldom a concern. We have good neighbors that watch out for each other, and we feel very safe here.

That said, we still watch our children like hawks when they run their lemonade stands. We talk about Stranger-Danger with our kids. So we do sit outdoors with our children while they operate their lemonade stands, often reading a book or magazine.

Some people may think this is paranoia, but I like to think of it as erring on the side of caution. I think that most parents would agree that it is better be cautious than to be regretful that you weren't should something bad happen. You have probably heard people say that our kids are growing up in a different world than us parents did. Whether you agree with that statement or not, please use discretion.

A benefit of spending time outside while the stand is open for business is that it has allowed us to meet many more nice residents in our neighborhood. We otherwise may not have had the opportunity to meet. New friendships have been created thanks to this.

(Image Credit to Tambako the Jaguar - Licensed via Creative Commons with Attribution)

Do You Stop at Lemonade Stands?

Do you stop at lemonade stands in your neighborhood and support young entrepreneurs?

So what are your thoughts about young entrepreneurs and lemonade stands?

Do you stop at lemonade stands when you see them?

Have any tips or tricks for success that you can offer a young entrepreneur?

Lemonade Comments Anyone?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Kids can come up with all sorts of ideas when they have some initiative. Thanks for sharing this lens, I'm going to show it to my son!

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      @David Stone1: I'm right there with you Dave. I mowed a lot of yards when I was a kid. I did the opposite of 'work smarter not harder'.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Why didn't I think of that instead of the newspaper route?

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      @greytdogz: Thanks! She always makes me a proud daddy!

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Kudos to your daughter on both counts - entrepreneurial spirit and donating proceeds to a charity. Great lens!

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Kudos to your daughter on both counts - entrepreneurial spirit and donating proceeds to a charity. Great lens!

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      Wow, your daughter has really done well with her lemonade stand. Our son and his friend have tried this on our street, but there's not much traffic, so their profits have never been anywhere close to what your daughter is making. Good for her!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      What a great experience for your daughter (and a great job you've done writing it up!) I see a purple star on this lens and it is definitely worthy.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      It is wonderful to see her entrepreneurial spirit, I wish both of you success and good luck:)

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Kudos to your daughter - she's savvy and big-hearted which is an excellent combination in my book! ;)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      It's fun to read about some other children setting themselves up in business. Your daughter is lucky to have supportive parents, and even her friends will benefit from your support of her, as she share with them what she does. Kudos to her! With my mom's encouragement, my siblings and I sold lemonade, made potholders and sold greeting cards going door to door making cold calls. I think it gave all of us confidence and money for movies back when they cost a dime.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      John & I are extremely supportive of entrepreneurs (of all ages)! After all, WE are entrepreneurs, and we sometimes talk about how much further along we might be if we had been mentored or encouraged to do such things at a young age. I absolutely love seeing the creativity, the sparkle in the childrens' eyes, and that wonderful energy.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      It made me happy to read about your daughter's creativity and business instincts. As a former elementary education teacher, seeing children make the most of their time, energy, and talents fills me up and inspires me to do everything in my power to support these types of enterprises. Congrats on your feature and please share with your daughter that I am very proud of her.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I think it is a great idea! I used to wash the neighbors cars and do it with a real chamois. I soon found that I got paid best and the largest tips doing that at the wealthy end of town! I would cycle to the clients and always had more money than my other school friends ( I would not recommend this for today's kids for the reasons you stated) but I quickly learned where the money was and where it was easiest to pick it up! Great lens and good idea to keep your eye on her while she works.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      That first entrepreneurial venture, might be the beginning of a great career in business. You never know. It is great that you allow her to give it a try. There is so much she can learn from it.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      @ChristyZ: Thanks Christy! She is definitely the creative one in the family, and always seems to have a plan for everything.

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      diegocomercio 4 years ago

      congrats to your daughter. This was a nice lens to read. I have 3 daughters (8, 10 and 14) and i always encourage them when they come up with an idea to make money.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Your daughter is very creative and her sign I'm sure attracted customers. Keep encouraging her as she seeks new ways to grow in the path she needs to take to be her best.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Your daughter did a great job, how nice of her to want to help the animals and the sign she made is awesome!