Starting Your Own Cigar Business

The cigar business is a billion dollar business. Many rich and wealthy people invest in it because there’s a captured market for it. This business guideline will help you with a few steps that can help you get started in this lucrative business venture.

First and foremost know the effects of cigar to health. Statistically it has been proven to be linked to all sorts of cancers and these numbers don’t lie.

Become an Expert When it Comes to Different Types of Cigars

Understand that your type of business promotes irresponsible health practices. That said, next study your product. Do a research on which cigars are easily movable and marketable. Research also different brands as well as different flavors and tar grade content. As a business owner it is your duty to take ownership of your business. You got to know your products’ inside out.

Find a Supplier You Trust

A cigar business operates similar to a drug store business or a soap retail business. You’ve got to have a trusted supplier who can deliver high quality products on time and regularly. Find a supplier thru the web or thru personal references. Try talking with a sales representative and get a deal. Try to offer a bargain like you’ll take 5 boxes but in exchange he’ll give you 1 free. Or maybe you can get a consignment deal for 30 days so you don’t have to shell out money for inventory. Think about your moves when dealing with suppliers. Work smart not hard.

Survey a Good Spot for a Cigar Store

Truth be known, most businesses succeed or fail depending on the store location they choose. Don’t be in a rush in searching for the right place. On the other hand, don’t take to much time either or you’ll never accomplish anything. Start by working on your calendar and set a definite date to start. With the time you have, survey as many locations as you can. Try to look for stores which you can tie up your business to. Find a location near a liquor store or find a location near a gas station where many people stop over to buy stuff.

Get a Cigar Business License to Operate

Talk with a business lawyer to help you with legal matters such as store permits, business licenses and maybe a liquor business license too. Better to get first hand expertise than try to save money by doing it yourself only to find out you lack proper documents to begin your venture and cost you twice as much at the end.

Buy Equipment for Your Business

After you have gotten your licenses and have found the right location for your store, begin to invest on store equipments. Purchase display cabins, racks for other products you might want to sell as you sell cigars and maybe cooling equipment for beer, bottled water or other beverages like soda.

Have a Target Profit Goal

Before you begin your cigar sales, compute for a targeted amount of sales your business needs to cover your daily expenses, incurred debt, and also make money for you. Be prepared and know your business numbers.


  • Marlo Miller said on August 10, 2009
    Would it be a bad idea to start a cigar business, if you have three already up and running in the surrounding area?
  • deepak harit said on May 24, 2012
    i am located in delhi, INDIA. am planning to start a cigar store( for retail selling). but am little afraid of the fact that cigar smoking is not in the fashion in this part of the world.. would it be a good idea to start something new??
  • Ron said on September 28, 2012
    @deepak harit. Please give me your email address. I would like to discuss with you further about this opportunity.
  • Khalid AL-Khateb said on October 4, 2012
    I agree with Deepak, its Not any more smoking in general is fashion!! but sure its very good market for it, I am planing to Start Cigar Business, its because there’s a captured market for it.
  • Donte Wood said on April 1, 2013
    want to know how to start my own cigar business
  • chandrakantt said on June 29, 2013
    how to start this venture is it high profitable, then wt are d rules and regulations. I want to start this
  • abdi said on November 21, 2013
    hello my name is abdi i live in somalia. my country have not a place to sell cigar product so i need to start this business in my city so how can i get this product
  • a shine said on January 8, 2014
    I want information on starting a cigar business .in California. Big business there
  • El Chino said on May 21, 2014
    I have a business in the works and an excellent blend to market. How can I search for investors?
  • Marlon Franklin said on January 11, 2015
    Hello, I'm am interested in selling an idea for cigar's. Looking speak with an vary interested in business minded company would assist me in providing my idea with a decent currency in return.
  • Malcolm said on January 16, 2015
    Hey Marlon Franklin i am interested in your idea where are you based?
  • dfondo said on March 3, 2015
    I would like information to start an on-line cigar business in illinois, can you please provide or guide me to the right person. Thank you
  • Ron Lampman said on April 7, 2015
    Hello, I am a cigar lover, I live in Canada and I am interested in starting my own brand. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Ron
  • Srinivas said on June 2, 2015
    Hi. My business partners and I are Americans, living in Boston. We are interested in opening a high end cigar bar and lounge in a 5 star hotel in Mumbai, India. Looking for any info and advice to get this off the ground. We would like to specialize in Cuban cigars and fine cognacs and whiskies. We have financial backing and would like to start up sometime next year. Thank you for your time.
  • Rahul Kapoor said on July 27, 2015
    Hi @Srinivas, can you please forward me your email I'd if you still require help?
  • Serena Nelson said on November 29, 2015
    Hi I'm looking to start a cigar business myself I would like some advice or looking for someone who knows some info on how the rules work.
  • Tajinay said on December 4, 2015
    Lives in chicago would love to start my own cigar business. Always researching cigars knowledgeable think a woman owning a cigar bar would attract more women and men. Need to know where to start interested in investors or how much money does it take to start?
  • Kudzai said on January 16, 2016
    Hi I would like to start a cigar business in Zimbabwe. I need help with finding a reliable supplier. Thank you
  • Nakul said on April 29, 2016
    Hi, Sir I want to open a cigar shop in Delhi ncr India but I have no knowledge about the documentation required and also wants to know about the trend regarding cigar. Plz help me.. Thanks
  • arun verghese beginner adviser said on June 20, 2016
    Hello @Kudzai, Can supply Indian cigars .Do let me know quantities you need and payment terms. || Import & Export Adviser

  • arun verghese beginner adviser said on June 20, 2016
    Hello @Ron, Would you be interested in Trichy Cigars. They are made in the South Indian City of Trichnopoly and are rather well known. || Import & Export Adviser

  • Vanissa Noor said on October 11, 2016
    hello i want to start my own cigar business. please help me with all the tips.
  • OrtiZ julissa said on November 22, 2016
    Hi I my family in the Dominican Republic produce cigars for decade. Now I live in Dubai and now I want to start selling pr making a brand but I don't have any idea of how to start please advise me on anything. Julissa
  • VISHAL said on March 12, 2017
    Hi, I have been contemplating cigar business in India. Have a rough plan on marketing the idea. As a start, I look forward to discussing/meeting good quality cigar manufacturers across the globe. This is almost a non existing business in India, I look forward to support from the producers to allow establishing the business. Request producers to write/call at the earliest. Thanking you all in advance for your guidance and support. Vishal
  • Milan Batham said on July 13, 2021
    I am located in Indore, India, and planning to open a retail cigar store. However, I am concerned about the popularity of cigar smoking in this region. Should I still proceed with my plan?
  • Scott Diggs said on July 27, 2022
    Hi, I have been dreaming of opening a cigar lounge and bar in Indiana. I am a veteran of the US Navy I would need investors and suppliers. My wife and I have a lot of ideas. Any business-minded company would be willing to help us also, maybe buy my thoughts?


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