Launching a crowdfunding campaign will probably be some of the craziest days of your life. You’ll either blow it out of the water and drown in all the attention or you’ll struggle to push towards your funding goal. Both scenarios are a wild ride. There are three essential stages in launching a successful campaign: pre-launch, actual launch and sustaining your launch. The most crucial part is by far your pre-launch stage, as it entails a lot of planning to reach your goal. If you want to seriously knock your goal out of the park, you should be aiming to become funded within your first day.  Set your goal lower than your intend to raise — around $10,000 or $15,000 — but aim for a much higher mark.