First, go ahead and buy your equipment and hardware now, that way you can be putting it together over the winter.
Order your packages or nucs NOW for delivery in April/May. If you wait too long, everyone may be sold out.
Look for a beekeeping club in your area.
Once you get your equipment assembled, try to decide where you are going to put it. Find a nice level spot that gets morning sun.
The week before your bees are supposed to arrive, go ahead and put your equipment in location so it's ready when your bees arrive.