Jef Lippiatt
Jef Lippiatt Owner at Startup Chucktown

What is your biggest business goal for 2016?

Each answer should be as unique as the individual businesses that we run. I'm planning on diversification. I'm launching a second venture into a completely different market and I'm very excited for that. I'm very curious to hear what you are planning for 2016.

Top voted answer
Lina Barfoot

Lina Barfoot, Editor at SavvySME

Not sure I'm qualified to answer this as I don't run a business, but I will anyway!

Can never stop myself from making any kind of New Year's resolution.. I want to become more prolific as a writer and increase my readership.

Lisa Ormenyessy

Lisa Ormenyessy, Business Coach and Marketing Specialist at

Top 10% Online Business

Hey Jeff, it must be the year for new beginnings, I too am setting focus on a new venture. While I continue to consult I am flexing my creativity and launching a new business in the art space. Cheers, Lisa

Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

My next venture is a line of Children's books. My illustrator is doing an amazing job (he's still in Uni in the UK). He's currently about half-way through book #3. I have 4 more ready for him and am working on two more at the moment.

Miriam Miles

Miriam Miles, Founder at Resonate - Online Presence Development

Great question Jeff. I've spent the past few weeks mind mapping, asking myself loaded questions and doing a lot of thinking. I've come to an impasse with the services I've been offering and feel a sense that it's time to shift gears.

With that said, my goal is simple: be intentional.

In whatever I chose to do as a service provider, I want it to be done with intention. Whatever I write, as a writer, I want it to be written with intention.

On a practical note:

  • Finish my first draft for my first novel (eeeek!) I'm up to 26K and want to write about 60K. Still slogging through
  • Compile my poetry into an eBook to sell
  • Write for at least 3 major publications this year.

The last one is a big one for me, well and truly out of my comfort zone. It's the fear of rejection in the way, so the real goal is to overcome that fear and just keep pitching, submitting and offering my writing to the world.


Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Those sound like great goals. I can vouch about the submitting for publication. I submitted an article I spent a lot of time on to a magazine I really enjoy (Strategy + Business) however I heard nothing back at all. I was able to have my article reviewed by someone who writes for Entrepreneur magazine and Inc magazine and got some good feedback. I ended up just publishing it myself on LinkedIn.

Rebecca Carroll-Bell

Rebecca Carroll-Bell at

Great question Jef.

Like the others I have a bunch of new ideas to translate into packages and services for my current and potential clients.

The big, practical challenge and goal for me in 2016 is to ask for the work - because if I don't ask, the answer will always be 'No'.

Jef Lippiatt

Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown

Exactly keep after it and be ready to disarm the "No". Don't over due pushing to turn a no into a yes, but always thank people for their time. Also, try to turn the "No" into a "Not right now" or "Not yet". Let them know you'll check back in with them (perhaps in 3 to 6 months or whatever is comfortable). Let them know if they think of any questions to ask that they can follow up with you on their own schedule later on.