Pros & Cons

Start A Cigar Business

Pros & Cons

Trying to understand the pros and cons of starting a cigar business?

Here are all of the pros and cons of selling cigar online:

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Meaningful business connections You never know who you will meet as a cigar business. This could be the start of an incredible business opportunity!
Unlimited income potential With starting a cigar business there is no cap as to how much income you can make. The stronger your business skills and the more energy/time you put into your career, the more you'll make.
Predictable income stream Your businesses income stream tends to be predictable based on the number of customers you have signed up. This makes financial planning and outlooks much more seamless!
Location is everything! When operating a physical storefront, the location often speaks for itself and serves as it's very own marketing tool! It's important to choose a location in a high traffic area so you can spark curiosity and get people through your door!
You can sell your product in various places! There are various different markets to sell your product, which will help you reach different audiences and revenue streams.
Simple business model A cigar business has the advantage of a simple business model, which makes launching and building the business more seamless.
Greater Income Potential With this business, the sky is the limit in regards to your income potential.
Easy to Learn The Business When starting your cigar business, there is a ton of information readily available to you online (Facebook groups, Youtube videos, Starter Story etc). This will help you get the business started and answer any questions, doubts or concerns you may have.
Ecommerce retail is growing fast Ecommerce has been grown rapidly over the years and is expected to hit a total of 4.9 trillion dollars by 2021. With running an ecommerce business, you provide your customers with alternative and more convenient shopping experience, which will ultimately drive sales.
Results and revenue happen quickly! Unlike other businesses, it can be relatively quick to start seeing results and revenue. As long as you follow [all the steps](https://www.starterstory.com/validate-business-idea) to validate your idea before launch, you are likely to see quick results and ROI.
Cons Description
Finding The Right Supplier Most businesses in this space go the supplier/manufacturer route, which isn't a bad thing! However, finding the right supplier can take a lot of time, energy and trial/error. If done properly, this process can save you months (if not years) of time and energy. More on this below in the "finding a supplier" section.
Security Issues With any Saas business, data loss and security issues may arise throughout your process of building your product. It's critical that you understand exactly what you're responsible for and how to avoid potential issues down the road.
Low margins The gross margins for your cigar business are typically around 34%, which can make it more challenging to incur new expenses and maintain profitability.
Taxes As a cigar business, you typically pay self-employment taxes which can be quite high. It's important to understand what you will be paying in taxes each year so you can determine if the work you're taking on is worth it.
Niche Market A niche business is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it can be the key to your success. However, it can be more challenging and time consuming to find the perfect niche market and target audience.
High overhead expenses With starting a cigar business, there are overhead expenses that come with selling a physical product. You will want to make sure you strategically budget for these overhead costs. We discuss this more in the startup costs section below.
Strict regulations With any cigar business, there are strict rules and regulations as it relates to processing your product. You must follow these regulations specifically, or significant legal issues could occur.
Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone! Although this is exciting for some entrepreneurs, it can be a big challenge for others! You may find yourself in uncomfortable social and business situations, jumping into tasks and responsibilities you aren't familiar with, and pushing yourself as far as you can go!
Difficult to scale With a cigar business, it can be challenging to find ways to scale. Check out [this article](https://www.inc.com/jeff-bussgang/scaling-a-business-is-hard.html) that discusses scaling your business and the challenges that come with it.
Work is not always glamorous With starting a cigar business, you may need to get your hands a little dirty. Although it may seem glamorous from the outside to start this business, the work can require a lot of physical activity and repetition.
Learning Curve When you start your own business, you no longer have upper management to provide you with a playbook for your roles and responsibilities. You should know the ins and outs of every aspect of your business, as every decision will come down to you.
Answering Phones The cigar business is still considered a traditional business, which means answering phones is a big part of the job. If you or your team miss phone calls, you could be missing out on potential revenue opportunities. If you are unable to attend to your phone throughout the day, it would be in your best interest to hire a call center or an employee dedicated to this.
Recession-Impacted Industry When the economy is down, cigar business's are one of the first things to be cut.