Everyone has heard the stories of crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter. There have been many successes since inception, however, with a 38% success rate it’s hardly a sure thing. A significant portion of the businesses with projects on websites like Kickstarter are not even real businesses yet. They are mostly just ideas. But where do fast growing businesses go for capital?

According to Harvard Business Review, less than 1% of all start-up and growth capital comes from Venture Capital. New sources are on the rise such as Angel investors web platforms like AngelList where you can gain access to investor syndicates or high net-worth single investors. Many start-ups and early-stage growth companies get funding from banks and friends and family. In the end, over 90% of businesses are bootstrapped with no funding at all. If you have a growing and profitable business, you can get cash almost anywhere to fund your growth. But what happens when you are growing faster than your bank, friends or family, or bootstrapping will allow? I recommend websites like AngelList or Gust.

In the meantime, what do you do when your company is hitting the ceiling and the hope of continuing your growth trajectory is fading? You don’t know if you have the Right People in the Right Seats to get to ready for Venture Capital or outside investors. Your Vision for the organization thus far has been “pay the rent” but you continue to grow anyway. All your systems and processes are in your head and things are chaotic. Communication is complex and stressful. You work 80 hours a week because you don’t think anyone on your team can do it as well as you can. You don’t feel that your company is ready for outside investors but you need the growth capital to continue. I’ve been there. It sucks. The key to preparing for future investment and exit is creating a self-managing business.

My firm, Azzur Group, decided that we would embark on a journey to do just that. Along the way we found the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) during a trip to the White House with the Inc. Business Owners Council hosted by Jonathan Smith of Chief Optimizer.

EOS is a business operating system that is so powerful and yet so simple, that I became a Certified EOS Implementer. The intent was to implement the system for all my companies. I’ve become so passionate about helping others experience the transformation of EOS I’ve taken to implementing EOS full-time.

If you are preparing to take on outside investment or exiting the opportunities are endless. Implementing a business management system, like EOS, will help you get better valuations and create a self-managing organization. If you decide not to take on outside capital or sell the business, the worse that can happen is you get a vacation. Here are a few EOS based businesses that recently sold under Jonathan’s advisement.