by Olivia—4th grade
I make lemonade stands every year in the summer. This year I started in the spring. The reason most kids make lemonade stands is to earn money. I'm trying to earn $100 to get a mermaid tail. Making a lemonade stand is really fun and a great way to spend your summer. I have a lot of experience running a lemonade stand and I make great lemonade.
Before you start you have to get supplies . First you have to get lemonade mix or make lemonade with sugar, lemon juice, and water. Get some cups. If you want different sizes get more than one size. You must have change to give to the customers. You need something that shows how much the lemonade costs. If you have different sizes show that too. You will always need a stand that says lemonade, put the lemonade and the thing that's holding your money on your stand. You may have other people working for you but you might want to give them free lemonade or pay them because they will probably get upset otherwise. Last of all you need a board of some kind that says something like, “Ice Cold Lemonade sold here”, so people know what you're selling. Here's a tip: try to have a goal for the day like $10 and when you get to that goal be done.
After you get your supplies you have to make the lemonade. If you got lemonade mix get a cup of water and put the amount of mix the container you got the lemonade in says you need in the cup. If you don't have lemonade mix all you really need is water, lemon juice, and sugar.
After you get your supplies you have to set up. Put up your sign and table. Put your money box and lemonade on your table. Put up your other sign that says how much the different sizes cost or just the one size. Maybe put up some paper signs around your neighborhood. Try putting them on posts.
When you start you might want to yell something like, “Lemonade for sale. Get your ice-cold lemonade.” When people come ask them what size they want or if you don't have different sizes give the lemonade to the customers and they will give you the money. Always accept tips. If someone drives up and just hands you money, ask if they want lemonade. If they say no, let that person drive away.
After a day of hard work, clean up and put the money you earned in a safe place. Take down your sign so people know you're done. Put the leftover lemonade in the fridge. Leave the signs on the posts unless it is going to rain. Bring the cups inside so they don't get dirty. Put away the sign that says how much it costs. Then you should count up your money.
Last year I earned $51. I spent some and I'm earning some back. You will have to pay for your lemonade so you might have less then what your earned. Lemonade stands are really fun for me but a lot of work. I hope you will like them too!