When life gives you lemons - the business version

When life gives me lemons, I make lemonade, lemon meringue pie, lemon rosemary chicken while I am sipping tequila with lemon.

But what if life gave me lemons as the main resource for my business? I need to come up with a business plan using the lemons!


Here are a few ideas:

  • Start a lemonade stand! Call it Citrus-elixir and see if PinkBerry or Starbucks would acquire you.
  • make lemon confectionary (lemon drops, lemon pie, lemon bars…)
  • get the juice out, paint the skins gold and sell it on eBay
    (Bonus if you can make the peels look like virgin Mary)
  • Shave the lemon zest and sell it as potpourri
  • Plant the seeds and wait - in 30 years you will have a lemon orchard
  • Sell the lemons as a spare battery for a digital clock; work with big three auto makers to see if lemon batteries can be used to power electric cars.

lemon clock

  • Sell lemons as a miracle product to clean metalllic surfaces
  • Sell it as a all purpose cleaning product for kitchen - clean your cutting board, counter tops, microwave, garbage disposal.. it really works.
  • Sell it as a natural highlighter for hair
  • Sell it as miracle anti-aging product
  • package the juice and sell it as “invisible ink”
  • Make invisible ink printer and sell overpriced ink cartridge


  • Sell it to all the banks as a replacement for little moist-pads that they have to help the teller count money
  • Create a recipe for lemonade and sell the recipe as a digital download
  • write a book on 200 uses of lemons and sell it on Amazon
  • figure out a way to use lemons as bio fuel; ask congress for reaserch money or bailout money
  • Use it as a collateral and get a loan to start another business (OK, this would have worked in 2007, but not so much in 2009)
  • Buy forward contracts for lemon delivery in 2010 and manipulate price of the lemons to strike it rich

But my favorite business idea for using lemons is: put ads on the lemon skins to monetize it. If you can’t find sponsors, just put google adsense on it.


4 Responses to “When life gives you lemons - the business version”

  1. By Business Entrepreneur on Jan 10, 2022 | Reply

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  2. By Money With AdSense on Mar 2, 2022 | Reply

    If only the world were ran by Google, we’d have AdSense in our mailboxes. Oh wait they are working on that in newspapers and Television. Awesome! Fruits and Veggies next!

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