Hey Shelby, I’m currently in a similar situation where I’m looking to get started. I highly recommend reading Scott Trench’s book “Set for life.” It breaks down the process into three different phases and offers a step by step guide to do exactly what you are asking about.
This book really changed the way I looked at the preparation process and really made me take a step back and analyze my plan for moving forward. All in all I think I will be significantly more prepared because of that book.
Hope that’s helpful, and I wish you luck!