Ten Riskiest Businesses To Start

February 15, 2007 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

The numbers aren’t pretty.

While some two-thirds of small firms make it past the two-year mark, just 44% can hack it for four years, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And by “hack it,” we’re just talking survival rates here: Plenty of those “survivors” are choking down ramen noodles to keep the lights on.

If those odds don’t scare you off, consider too that some industries may be inherently tougher to crack than others. Your friends might think that you rival Mario Batali in the kitchen, or that you can go sole for sole with the likes of Kenneth Cole (nyse: KCPnews people ). But the sober truth is that it takes more than talent to run a restaurant, a clothing boutique and a host of other ventures. Sadly, some of the most enticing industries are also the riskiest.

In Pictures: 10 Riskiest Businesses To Start

Good data on business failures are hard to find. At first blush, BLS figures suggest that failure rates are consistent across industries. Yet those industry groupings are very broad, capturing the entire universe of small companies in just 10 general buckets. For example, restaurants are lumped into the larger “leisure and hospitality” bucket, including more stable outfits like hotels. Some economists chalk up failure rates to other factors, such as location, the experience level of management teams and whether companies are able to nab venture funding.

But a closer look by the folks at Fair Isaac (nyse: FICnews people ), a business research firm and father of the FICO credit score, suggests that some industries are indeed riskier than others.

To assess an industry’s inherent risk, Fair Isaac collected reams of financial data from various internal and other proprietary sources, including credit-tracking agencies such as Dun & Bradstreet (nyse: DNBnews people ) and Equifax (nyse: EFXnews people ). “The weird thing about industry classification is that, depending on the sources we look at, there are varying rates of risk,” says Cordell Wise, a Fair Isaac product manager.  See full story http://www.forbes.com/2007/01/18/fairisaac-nordstrom-verizon-ent-fin-cx_mf_0118risky.html    or

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