A lemonade stand represents summer idealism at its finest; a business venture built on slower-paced life, neighborly trust and the kindness of strangers. And that’s why we dare you to give it a go.
Of course, you’ll need cups and lemonade too, but whether it’s made from real lemons or manufactured powder is inconsequential for a single-day business.
Just be forewarned that, unlike those idyllic, carefree memories of yesteryear, your lemonade stand is subject to licensing and tax laws, just like any other business. A one-day lemonade stand held on personal property won’t likely require a business license, but check with your city to find out local regulations. In addition, a sales tax permit is required for the sale of any goods — yes, even luke-warm lemonade made with sour dust and a stray bug or two — and you’ll be required to charge, and submit, sales tax.
But if you love lemonade stands as much as you hate paperwork, you still have a fun, entirely legal option: Instead of selling your lemonade, give it away and collect donations for the charity of your choice.