The first thing you need to do is get your books in order. Many backers will want proof that you can manage money. Next up, get your team ready. Every backer will want to know whether they can trust you and your team to get the job done. You absolutely must do your research on your backers. This is to ensure you match your business strategy to the right backers. Last but not least, you may want to come up with an investor wish-list. Remember you’re in it for the long haul, so you need to make sure the partnership will work.