Like Selling Candy To Babies

After growing their lemonade and coffee business, the kids have set up shop selling candy.

They are each getting staked with an $11.75 bag of 378 Jolly Ranchers each month. This is a popular, well-known candy. They wanted something that is sucked rather than chewed in order to attract less attention at school. Each kid (one in Kindergarten and one in second grade) keeps a pocketful of nineteen to sell for $0.25 each at a healthy 88% profit margin. To add a dose of competition, whoever is last at selling all 378 pays for both bags. If they can each move five per bus ride, lunch, and recess, that will net about $1,500 per school year.

The next step is to franchise out the other bus routes and lunch tables. They each have a small circle of friends that they like and trust with cash. Saleskids get $0.10/candy that they sell. They are each hiring five kids to sell five candies per bus ride, lunch table and recess. The franchises should run at a total of an additional $2,500 or so per year.

Sooner or later, someone is going to get burned and we will get an indignant call for the kids running a business at school. I will try to act adequately shocked. Meanwhile, we will give the people what they want. Instead of paying your kids allowance, consider staking them in a business.

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