5 Smart Ways to Boost Profits at Your Lemonade Stand – or Any Small Business

Make your lemonade stand stand out from the pack with these simple tips.

Little girl selling lemonade from a lemonade stand outdoors in summer to children
(Image credit: ArtMarie)

When the summer heat spikes, there’s nothing as refreshing as an ice-cold drink. That’s why for generations of ambitious youngsters, running a lemonade stand has served as an introduction to entrepreneurship. As a 5-year-old, I set up shop one summer with my friend John, who lived near a busy park. We served hundreds of cups of lemonade that summer. (We should have kept it going in the years that followed. I could have paid for college!) Even back then, we understood that our enterprise was flourishing because of a few simple rules that we figured out on our own.

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Janine Puhak
Puhak is an editorial intern supporting Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Kiplinger.com as a member of the 50th annual American Society of Magazine Editors internship class. She is a senior at Rutgers University, majoring in American Studies and Political Science, where she reports for the official campus newspaper The Daily Targum. Previously, Puhak has interned at Hearst and Bonnier publications.