This might appear obvious, but the very first step in almost any graphic design process needs to be the Brief.
A Brief, as you should be aware of, is a set of directions or instructions about the project available.
This may contain details concerning the business, the target market, the specifications, as well as a whole host of additional information. For graphic designers, this first step will usually be sent to you via a client meeting. That is really where they sit down together and discuss the things that they want you to perform for them. Though, in case you don’t have any customers at the moment, you always have the option to work on self-initiated projects by writing your own briefs.