How to compete with other lemonade stands

When I was a young boy, I would always see kids selling lemonade in front of their homes and making decent profits. I knew that if I was going to have any chance at making some money in my neighborhood, I would have to come up with a better strategy.

My good friend Tim Wood, who is more of a strategy than an actual person, was good at managing businesses and gave me some great advice. He told me just because everyone else is selling their lemonade one way didn’t mean I had to follow. He expressed the importance of adding value to my business, which would lead people to support my product.

I took what he shared with me and got the bright idea to set up my lemonade stand in front of our local grocery store. Business was so good that I had to get more of my friends to come work for me to help manage drink orders.

I learned a valuable business lesson that summer. Tim Wood taught me that non-value added transportation is a waste in business — that my competition’s customer base was anyone willing to drive or walk up to their stand. On the other hand, I was in front of the grocery store, where customers could approach my stand entering or exiting the store.

I never had to worry about excessive inventory building up because people were coming and going left and right buying my lemonade. My production was right where it needed to be to serve the customer. My competition had wasted excessive lemonade and continued overproducing lemonade because of the time lapses between customer visits. They were forced to make a fresh batch for every customer, which only led to longer waiting times.

My customers, on the other hand, were steady, and there were two opportunities to capture their attention for a sale or re-sale of our product. Because our competition was working harder to keep making fresh batches of lemonade, they were worn out faster and put less effort into selling. On the other hand, we stayed so busy that time just seemed to fly by. We had a person making the lemonade, another filling and refilling cups, and I was selling.

There were no defects in our process because we didn’t let a moment of non-value added periods to enter our system. We stuck to the advice Tim Wood gave us and made a lot of money that summer.

The customer always determines the value, and value is something they’re willing to pay for. A value-add to any of your processes will always help increase your profit margins. A non-value add will do the complete opposite for your business, causing you to take on the seven deadly wastes. Knowing the impact of waste allowed me to structure my lemonade stand in a manner that created great profit margins and very satisfied customers. So when running your own business, just think of Tim Wood.

Transportation. Decreasing the amount of time it takes your clients to receive their product is added value to your company. By decreasing your time between orders, you allow for an increase in lead time.

Inventory. Excess inventory makes your product susceptible to accidents and mistakes, whether it’s damage, spoilage or theft. The more product you have sitting in storage space, the less money your company is making.

Motion/Movement. Decreasing the amount of time you spend between stations or service calls will create a higher value-added experience and customer satisfaction rating for your business. Shortening the distance helps to decrease the wait time and motion it takes to complete a process.

Waiting/Delays. Decreasing waiting periods adds so much value to a company that customers will continue to use your services even if your prices are higher. When customers know they can get good service without waiting, your company becomes dependable, and that’s value that customers are willing to pay for.

Overproduction. Decreasing the amount of product you make will keep significantly more money in your pocket. Know your numbers and focus on what people want and not what you think they’ll need. Overproduction becomes excessive inventory that becomes wasted money with low-to-zero profits for the company.

Overprocessing. Avoid overworking your machines or employees, as it will eventually slow down production whether through maintenance repairs (increased costs) or motivation (lack of work enthusiasm).

Defects. Doing things correctly the first time limits defects. Defects cost the company money, from having to throw out products, reprint reports, re-deliver products, or redo a service. To decrease your number of defects, increase your and your staff’s attention to detail.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) invites elementary and middle schools to participate in The Great Lemonade War and compete against each other with one common goal – beat childhood cancer. This contest is inspired by Jacqueline Davies’ The Lemonade War and challenges schools to raise the most money during the competition months, October-March. All proceeds will benefit ALSF and go towards the fight against childhood cancer. Plus, the winning school will win a visit from Ms. Davies and one of Alex’s parents, Liz or Jay Scott, with runner-up schools receiving Skype visits.

Important Information

The contest has now started! Register your school online to be assigned a personal Event Coach and receive additional fundraising resources, including one copy of The Lemonade War.

Next, start fundraising! Some ideas for the competition include:

  • Hosting lemonade stands – a classic!
  • Collecting spare change – you can request special ALSF coin boxes.
  • Selling paper lemons and using them to decorate the school.
  • Planning a walkathon or a Fun Run.
  • Hosting an athletic event like a kickball game! to see more ideas!

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 winner of The Great Lemonade War, New Oxford Elementary School in New Oxford, PA! NOE raised over $3,800 through lemonade stands, along with other activities like mixing their own lemonade and painting the principal!

Schools participating in The Great Lemonade War in the past have helped to raise over $170,000 for childhood cancer research. From lemonade stands, hat days, talent shows, coin collections, staff for a day fundraisers and more, the students and teachers truly make it their mission to continue Alex’s legacy. See pictures and videos from past participants.

If you have any questions about this competition, please contact [email protected] .

Andrew Dembeck raised $200 for the Friendship Fire Company’s new truck

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An 8-year-old boy decided to give his lemonade stand earnings away for a huge cause: a real-life fire truck for his community.

Andrea Dembeck, from Danville, Pennsylvania, told FOX News that her third grader Andrew decided he wanted to run a lemonade stand this summer to help the Friendship Fire Company’s efforts to get a new ladder truck.

The Friendship Fire Company has been raising money for a new ladder truck since at least June 18, 2020, according to a GoFundMe page. According to the page, the truck is expected to cost $1.3 million.

Dembeck told FOX that Andrew had done a lemonade stand two summers ago, before the coronavirus pandemic and when she suggested doing another stand this summer, she said Andrew “couldn’t wait to do it.”

She added that she also encouraged her son to think about using his earnings to help someone else.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

8-year-old Andrew Dembeck raised $200 at his summer lemonade stand to help his local fire department get a new fire truck. Andrew (far right) is pictured with his siblings at the stand. (Courtesy of Andrea Dembeck)

“I think it’s just a great way to teach kids about making a product, selling it, making money and then, well what do we do with this money?” Dembeck told FOX. “We could buy something with it, you know, to treat yourselves. But I just feel like my job as a mother, the biggest role is to help my kids have the biggest heart they can and to want to help and not always put themselves first.”

Dembeck said that as she and Andrew talked about what he might want to raise money for, he landed on helping the Friendship Fire Company get its new fire truck. Dembeck explained to FOX that they drive by the fire department, where they have signs posted about their fundraiser.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Andrew delivered his earnings by hand to the Friendship Fire Company in Danville, Pennsylvania. Andrew is pictured with the fire chief. (Courtesy of Andrea Dembeck)

“I like fire trucks and when I saw a sign and when I saw how close they were, I wanted to give them the money so they could buy the fire truck,” Andrew told FOX, adding, “And I really like to have lemonade stands.”

Aside from helping him buy the materials, Dembeck said Andrew “pretty much” ran the whole stand himself, selling one cup of lemonade for $0.50.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Andrew’s mom, Andrea, told FOX News that when they arrived to deliver their donation, the firefighters clapped for Andrew and let him and his siblings go inside the fire truck. (Courtesy of Andrea Dembeck)

In total, Andrew raised $200, which Dembeck said she “couldn’t believe.”

“Not only was he trying to help a cause, but Andrew could really see the generosity in our community because so many people gave him much more than his $0.50 and were so happy to do it,” Dembeck said.

She added: “It was just a really proud moment.”

Andrew then hand-delivered the money he had raised to the Friendship Fire Company. Dembeck said the firefighters clapped for Andrew when he got there and even let Andrew and his siblings go inside the department’s current fire truck and stand on the ladder.

“You could tell it just warmed their hearts,” Dembeck said of the firefighters.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

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The Lemonade Stand can be placed by selecting in it from the inventory. After it is selected, it will appear transparent and float in front of the player until the player places it down with the left mouse button (or by simply tapping the screen on mobile). Once placed down, the player can set up the lemonade stand by changing the price or taking it down and putting it back in their inventory. The Lemonade Stand gives the player the ability to sell Lemonade at a price ranging anywhere from alt=”Bucks.png” width=”30″ height=”23″ /> 0 to alt=”Bucks.png” width=”30″ height=”23″ /> 20 , and it cannot go any lower or higher.

When setting up, the Lemonade Stand cannot be placed on a slope, in the air, or on an object. It will turn red if it is on one of these or for some other reason cannot be placed down. It is the cheaper variant of the Hotdog Stand, but it sells drinks instead of food.

Fight Childhood Cancer, One Cup at a Time!

You can be part of a national movement to fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time! Follow these simple steps to register your fundraiser and make it a success. Give us a shout at anytime should you have questions at (866) 333-1213 or [email protected] .

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Let’s do this!
Choose your location, date and time, and register your Alex’s Lemonade Stand event. We encourage children to participate every step of the way, they will just need an adult to help them register with us. You can choose to have an event kit mailed to you and you’ll get a personal event coach to help answer your questions. We’re here to help!

Let everyone know what you’re doing.
When you register your event, you’ll also be creating your very own page on our website for your event. You can share your page with friends on social media or in emails. It’s a great way to invite people to participate or even receive donations from people who may not be able participate but still want to contribute. Put up fliers and contact local radio, newspapers and TV stations to get the word out. Be sure to check out our downloads!

The big day is here — have fun!
We suggest that instead of putting a set donation amount, simply ask for contributions of any amount. Be sure to let your supporters know that you can accept checks (payable to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation), cash, and mobile donations to your event page.

Consider adding creative ways to inspire people to give safely and virtually, such as shout outs on your social media, sending them an I.O.U. for lemonade or doing a delivery of lemonade to them. Be creative — the sky is the limit!

That was fun, now what?
After your event, send in your donations. You’ll receive a return envelope in your event kit.

Don’t forget to include your event ID number. If you can’t find this number, your event coach can help you out. We’ll update your personal fundraising page with your donation total. Please allow up to one month for mailed donations to show up on your page.

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DIY lemonade stand for kids: With this easy tutorial, your kids can have a lemonade stand to use and reuse for years to come!

Not only will you find the instructions on how to make this, I also share lemonade stand ideas and how to make it super fun!

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Post updated April 21, 2021 with new links of where to find supplies!

DIY Lemonade Stand Ideas

I’m a bit excited to show you this. It’s been on my “to-do,” list for over a year, and crafting the lemonade stand for the kids, FINALLY happened. I first found a lemonade stand tutorial on Pinterest, and knew I wanted to make it for my kiddos. I immediately bought the supplies, but then they sat in my basement for.ever.

It wasn’t until my friend came over one day, and said, “JESSICA… it’s time. Let’s finally put this thing together.” Shockingly, it didn’t take long at all, and my kids LOVE it.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

How to Make a Lemonade Stand

Now I cannot take all of the credit for this lemonade stand. My crafty friend helped me put this together, so I want to make sure she gets the handy-man award for this one!

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I bought four wooden crates, and spray painted them with aqua spray paint (but use any color you prefer)!

After the paint dried, we stacked two of them side by side, to nail them all together.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

With a hammer and nails, we connected the crates together. The nails we used above worked for some areas but needed bigger nails for the thicker sections.

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Connect the four crates, by nailing all of the corners where they connect.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

We found two wooden rods at Hobby Lobby, and knew they’d be perfect to hold the banner up above the stand when it was all together. We spray painted those to match the crates.

There are a few different rod sizes available, but we chose the length that would be tall enough that my kids could still see under it, after the pendents were attached. See below.

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We then hammered on the rods, (one on each side), on the back of the crates.

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Yay! That part was DONE! (Yes, the rods are a little crooked, but as it turns out…that’s because they were crooked when we bought them. So check them before leaving the store.)

How to compete with other lemonade stands

I found the CUTEST wooden pennants at Hobby Lobby, on sale, and they went PERFECTLY with the stand. The hardest part was deciding what to spell, and “Sale,” was my favorite phrase, in case we want to sell something different on our “stand,” one day!

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Using ribbon (similar white and yellow polka dot ribbon here), we simply threaded each pendant on and tied the ribbon around each rod.

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I may, or may not have found the cutest yellow “poms,” at Hobby Lobby too, and thought they HAD to be included.

The lemonade stand is complete! Now… when the boys are ready to have a “sale,” we just pull it out of the garage and it’s ready to go! See what all we included on our lemonade stand, on the first day of business….

Open for Business

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What to Sell at a Lemonade Stand Besides Lemonade

Of course you sell lemonade, at a lemonade stand. But what else can you sell? Here are our favorites:

  • Lemon Cookies (cake mix cookies recipe – just use lemon cake mix instead)

• Price sign. (We made our own using a white canvas.)

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Lemonade Stand Decor and Extras

    – I love using these for any kid-outing too!
  • Fun paper straws I may have an obsession with these, and have them in every color. (Similar)

I always have a white colander on my kitchen counter full of lemons, and it made its way out for some lemonade stand decoration! Buy fake lemons HERE!

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My little guys were in LOVE with their lemonade stand, and MAY have consumed most of the lemonade and cookies.

How to compete with other lemonade stands

Lemonade doesn’t have to be the only thing you sell at a lemonade stand. A customer with cash in his pocket may be just as willing to buy other items. The key to selecting other items to sell is to make sure their price is in line with the price of lemonade. Nobody wanders over to a lemonade stand to buy crystal stemware, so think of inexpensive ideas that will sell well to kids and their parents on a hot day.

Lemon Zest

Lemon is the skin of a lemon, and it is a delicious additive to desserts. If you make lemonade with fresh lemons, you may be throwing away money if you don’t peel the lemon.The big problem with it is that it is very hard to get off. The part you want is the yellow–the white membrane between the fruit and the zest imparts a bitter flavor. Before juicing the lemons, use a potato peeler to remove the zest in large sheets, trimming off any of the white membrane with a paring knife. Store the zest by freezing in individual plastic baggies.

Iced Tea

A big jug of “sun” tea is a summertime tradition. Place water, tea bags and a couple of lemon slices in a clear glass container. The sun will heat the water, and the tea is made. Make one batch of sun tea ahead of time, and serve it to your customers, leaving the jug that’s “in production” as a handy advertising vehicle. You can also make and sell brewed or powdered ice tea, which doesn’t take as long to make.

Cookies, Sweets and Snacks

If you sell lemonade for $1, it might seem weird to sell other items for much more than that. Simple baked goods like a cookie or Rice Krispie treat might sell well. They are small, which is good, because a lot of people eat less on hot days. They are also inexpensive and easy to make, so that you can sell them for roughly the same amount of money as your lemonade. You can also sell bags of chips, pretzels, candy or other snacks that you buy in bulk and that won’t melt outside.

Friendship Bracelets and Other Crafts

If you are the type of kid whose fingers can’t stop moving, your parents may have introduced you the friendship bracelet. These knots of string woven into colorful braids continue to be popular among the tween set. If you have a few friendship bracelets–or any other craft product–consider placing them on the lemonade stand to sell. At the very least, it’ll help you pay for more string.

  • Sun Tea
  • Junior Biz: Lemonade Stand Guide

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How to compete with other lemonade standsEach Father’s Day, I love to reminisce about the joys of fatherhood and the days when my teenage kids were younger. This year, I caught myself looking back upon the time several summers ago when my business-savvy daughter, Nina, set up a wildly successful corner lemonade stand. Well, that is, as successful as you might expect a 10-year-old girl’s lemonade stand to be.

In the first hour after she opened for business, she had earned a little over ten dollars selling lemonade — for the bargain price of fifty cents a glass — to neighbors walking and driving by her stand.

By the time the second hour rolled around, business was booming. In fact, it was going so well that Nina suddenly found herself competing with a second lemonade stand another kid had set up on the opposite corner, much to her chagrin.

Kids and the Fundamentals of Capitalism

I can still remember the amusing sight of the competing stands like it was yesterday. Not only did Nina have to work harder when the second lemonade stand opened up across the street, but she was also forced to lower her price too. And although she continued making money, the new competition kept her earnings much lower than what she had experienced in that first glorious hour of business.

Later that evening during dinner, Nina complained to us about how the competition had kept her from earning more money — proving that even younger children are wise enough to understand the market power of a monopoly.

Of course, every grown-up businessman dreams of having a virtual monopoly in the marketplace too, but there are only a very few companies that actually have the good fortune to be in such a position.

Lemonade Stands Aren’t the Only Monopolies Out There

Awhile back, I read an article that discussed three companies with virtual monopolies. That is, although they don’t control 100% of the market, they dominate their market niche to such a degree that they actually have little or no competition. The highlighted companies were: ESPN, Google, and Monsanto.

While I disagree with the article’s first example — most folks can watch various sports on plenty of other television channels without having ESPN — I thought the other two were spot-on.

Still I can think of a few other virtual monopolies out there that really frustrate me because of the lack of competition.

1. Satellite radio. In the United States, it used to be that if you wanted to subscribe to satellite radio you had two companies to choose from: Sirius and XM. In 2008, those companies merged. Now, if you want satellite radio you’re going to subscribe to Sirius XM, dammit, or you aren’t going to subscribe at all. Siriusly.

2. Ticketmaster. I hate Ticketmaster. After all, these guys are typically the only game in town, handling upwards of 80% of all ticketing for live events in the United States. After its merger with Live Nation, the new Ticketmaster became even more powerful, with managing interests in approximately 350 artists, and exclusive booking deals with more than 125 venues around the country.

3. My local cable company. Between 1995 and 2013, cable television prices increased at a compounded growth rate of 6.1% annually — that’s more than double the official rate of inflation over the same period. I think a lot of that has to do with cities like mine that award exclusive cable franchises within their boundaries. Don’t like your cable company or their customer service? Boo hoo — and no soup for you!

It’s late so I’m going to stop here; but I’m sure you can think of a few others that I probably missed.

While us consumers rightfully tend to hate monopolies, most business owners wish they could be so lucky. I know Nina still laments the demise of hers.

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