Running a lemonade stand these days is a complicated business! It used to be that you could just put up a table, mix a pitcher of lemonade, maybe make a sign, and wait for the crowds to show up. Or not.
That's not the way it is anymore. You're supposed to have a lemonade stand permit before you set up anywhere. Why? I have no idea. Probably just a way for cities to profit from the entrepreneurial youngsters in the area.
My boy and his friends made it even more complicated. Each person selling lemonade had to have stock in the company.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. This is how it went down:
"Mama," my boy said. "I own stock in the lemonade stand."
"What?" This sounded absolutely ridiculous. "How much did you pay into this lemonade company?"
Okay. That wasn't bad.
He explained further. "We had to buy stock, so that we could participate in the sales. If you don't contribute, you don't get any of the profits."
It kind of made sense. They used their "stock money" to purchase lemonade mix and cover any other business expenses they accrued.
It worked out pretty well for my boy. The young entrepreneurs had a substantial amount of sales. They set up for three days, and every day, each boy made $10.50. I'd say that was a good payback!