How To Make Big Bucks

We know.

It’s hard.

Most places that you could even possibly get a job at don’t usually let you work there until you are fourteen.

For some people, fourteen is only a few months away. But for some, it is years out of reach and they need some money to keep them going while they wait through the years.

We have gone through this too. It’s painful. And challenging…

But by using our tips, it might just be less painful and challenging and maybe you might even get that new iPad (or whatever it is that you are saving for) that you have been saving up for!

OK, so first, let us just say that the basic lemonade stand won’t get you far in the competitive money-making world that we live in today, especially when you are just doing it in front of your house and when none of the money is going to a charity of any sort.

But if you really love the idea of a lemonade stand on a hot day, follow these tips. 

  1. Seriously, make sure it is a really hot day. No one will buy any if they are not hot and sweating, because they won’t really be very thirsty. If it is in the winter, make sure that it is a hot chocolate stand, but even then, we don’t really recommend doing one at all in the winter, because no one is taking a walk in the snow (maybe some people, but not many) and so you probably won’t have too many customers.
  2. Try to make it in a busier spot, and if you are younger than eleven, get a parent’s permission and supervision. More people will be walking by, and that means more business. Think about the park, beside a busy bike path or walkway, or at a popular spot to hang out. Beware, in some spots you choose it may be illegal to sell the lemonade without a food permit, but usually it is fine as long as you don’t go downtown. And if you have to stick to just doing it at your house, as long as you follow the rest of these tips, your stand will still be successful. (We have had experience with doing stands in front of a house on a not-so-busy street. We still made $50.)
  3. Advertising! Use a stick of chalk to write on sidewalks near your stand that a lemonade stand is happening, and then draw arrows that lead up to the much-anticipated fresh, cold lemonade. Write it several times, you know you have done enough advertising once you have used up five sticks of chalk. Make sure to also make posters to hang up on your table stating the prices, and where your money is going to go (we’ll get to those bits in a minute). Plus, a bonus: although this may not sound too important, you must make sure that everything is spelt correctly, so check with an adult before you write anything!
  4. The price that we have found that works the best is selling it at ¢75 a glass, and charging ¢25 for refills. If they hand you a dollar and tell you to keep the change, make sure to tell them that they will get one free refill.
  5. Remember us mentioning a charity? Well, we mentioned it! People usually will be more likely to buy your lemonade if their money will go to a charity. You can choose to donate all of your profits to charity, 50% of your profits to charity (for the little ones, 50% means half of, and profits means money), or at least 25%  (a quarter) of your profits. This isn’t just good because you make more money, it is also good because you are donating to a charity, and being a kind person. Kudos to you! (Consider donating to your local children’s hospital, a local food bank, a charity that helps people with cancer, or something to help animals in need. Pick something that you are passionate about, and make sure to make a poster to put on your table that tells customers a little bit about the charity or organisation you have chosen.)
  6. To make the lemonade, use the cheapest (but yet probably the more easy plus more delicious) method. First, let’s just say it is easy to screw up a batch of lemonade. It could be too sour or too sweet, and that could be an issue for business. We have have found that the most economical and easy way to make a batch of lemonade is to just use that lemonade powder stuff from “Goodhost.” (Click here to view it on Amazon!)
  7. Play your favourite music, loud! Why? It attracts customers who hear it! It is simple,  and a playlist with the latest (appropriate) hits will be perfect. (When we say appropriate, we mean absolutely no swearing, or at least a version that edits all of the swears out).
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Ok, so now that you know how to make a successful lemonade stand, let’s move on to some more uncommon/unique methods of making money.

  1. Lawn care! Go around your neighbourhood knocking on doors and asking if you can… 
    -Mow their lawn if it is summer
    -Rake their leaves if it is autumn
    -Pull their weeds if it is spring
    -Or shovel their walkway if it is winter.
    You can charge anywhere from $1 per lawn, to $5 per lawn. You can bring friends with you and split the money with them, and you can even listen to music as you work. Make it fun!
  2. Collecting bottles! You can knock on peoples door and ask for bottles, and then you can turn them in to the recycling depot where they are worth money and BAM! You have money. Of course, don’t be disappointed if they say no, because they might be saving their bottles for a bottle drive. And avoid lying that you are giving them to charity, unless of course you are giving them to charity. Tell the truth, and nothing but the truth.
  3. Babysitting! Yes, you may have come up with this idea on your own, but here it is anyway, and with some extra special ideas involved. If you are too young, that’s OK. Just skip to the next method of money-making.
    Ok, so first of all, parents LOVE when you are Red Cross certified. (We are not sure if it is called Red Cross in The U.S, but I think you know what we mean). While your at it, also take a CPR course. You can just take a weekend long course and you can get both done at the same time. If you are a Canadian, Child Safe Canada offers a really good course for CPR and babysitting.  (Click Here! [All of the courses here are in Calgary, Alberta, but we believe you can find them somewhere else.])
    Ok, now on to our second babysitting tip: chances are, if the kids love you, the parents will hire you again and again. If you are a reader of the babysitter’s club series, you may already know this, but… KID KITS! Decorate a shoebox and fill it with all kinds of fun things for the kids! They love it! Colouring books, a small board game, your favourite toys as a kid, “fancy” craft supplies etc. Have fun!
  4. Have a garage sale of your friends and your old toys and things you want to get rid of, and split the money between the two/three/four/five/six (etc.) of you! This is a good way to get rid of old things you don’t need anymore that is crowding your space, and a good way to make a decent profit. Just remember, you won’t be able to sell the stuff at it’s original price, because it is used. You will have to lower it. (P.S: Another way to have a garage sale without the hassle is Kijiji. Just take a picture and post it, it will be gone in no time.)
  5.  Have an art sale/auction! Get you and your friends together, and maybe some younger kids, and make all kinds of funky art together. Splatter painting, popsicle stick men, anything! Then sell it all in a garage sale type thing, and split the money. TIP: To go even further, have an art auction!
  6. Have a bake sale in front of your house using all of the tips for the lemonade stand.
  7. Do chores around the house, and have your parents pay you for them. We recommend having parents pay you ¢25 per chore.
    Here, you can use this template for the “Chore Chart”: 

    CHORE CHART

     

    Mon.

    Tues.

    Wednes.

    Thurs.

    Fri.

    Sat.

    Sun.

    Sweep Floor
    (Mark an X).

    (   )

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    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    Wash
    Table
    (Mark an X).

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    Wash Dishes
    (Mark an X)

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    Take Out Trash
    (Mark with an X)

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    (   )

    Clean Room
    (Mark with an X)

    (   )

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    PUT THE “X” INSIDE OF THE BRACKETS.

  8.  Start a dog walking business to help people walk their dogs. Plan out a route, and have people email you when they want their dogs walked. You can charge anywhere from $2 per walk to $8 per walk.
  9. Find someone who is going away on vacation and ask them if you could water their plants, feed their fish or etc. while they are gone. Chances are, they would say yes, and usually they pay quite a lot. Sometimes, if you do a great job, they will pay you extra!
  10. Ok, let’s go back to the idea of a lemonade stand. And then also think about the bake sale. And the garage sale, plus the art sale. Have a super, jumbo awesome, money-making sale by combining all of those together plus using our lemonade stand tips. This could be amazing!!! 

    Good luck and have fun! 

    Also, do you have any ideas of your own for making money, or have you tried one of these tips? Send your experience to us via our contact page! To access it, just go to the top right corner and click on “Menu”, then click on contact. There are instructions about how to use it there.