Percentage of Businesses That Fail
Starting a new business can be tough, especially if you have no prior experience. Maintaining one is also very challenging.
According to the latest statistics on the percentage of businesses that fail in the United States, we see that of the 733,085 new businesses that were started in 2016, more than one-fifth (20.4 percent) closed after their first year in operation.
Considering the risks, challenges, and uncertainty involved in running a business, it should come as no surprise that the latest statistics show that more entrepreneurs chose to shut their businesses as the years pass.
Looking at it on a year-to-year basis, the average annual rate of business failure from 2017 to 2021 for companies started in 2016 stands at 12.72 percent. In other words, of the remaining surviving businesses that started in 2016, 12.72 percent more of them fail each year.
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Factors Behind the Rate of Business Failure
While there are many factors that contribute to the new business failure rate, there are some that are more common than others.
To avoid this problem, it is important to conduct thorough research and have a thorough and realistic business and financial plan before launching the business. These will help you prevent failure by providing a strong enough foundation to ensure your business persists through the initial tough years.
Once a business is up and running and sales start to flow in, the business owner must learn to be flexible and adapt to new trends. Expanding too quickly can also cause a business to fail, especially if new target audiences, markets, and products and services are involved.
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