1- Don't go out and spend too much on camera equipment
Before you jump right in thinking you're going to be shooting top notch photos that sell for hundreds of dollars, or even thousands and are invited on national geographic, you can actually take decent photos with a regular camera. Learn the basics before you go out and spend thousands for camera equipment.
2- start using a tripod
Many photographer's joy increases immensely when they start to shoot with a tripod, not only does it help with shaky hands but it helps them feel more professional, along with the quality of the shots are much better. You are able to square the shot.
3- keep your camera with you all the time
When you have your camera with you all the time you will see things you will think, that would be an amazing shot. This happened to me when I was driving home from St George Utah yesterday, I wished I had my camera! It was a large mountain with a huge fog all over the mountain, and it would have been an amazing shot. Also it's a great idea to have your camera gear covered by insurance in case of dropping if you ever use your camera gear for sales of merchandise.
4- experiment and learn basic camera settings
Learn the camera basics, aperture, depth of field, rule of thirds, to only mention some of the basics, there are so many settings, and ways you can manipulate the lens and camera settings to get the shot you officially want. Play with them a bit and get a feel and good foundation of what they do and mean.
5- small objects are useful practice
Small household objects are a perfect way to practice these things, your shutters speed, lighting, angles, depth standing, anything else that as a photographer you're learning to better and improve your shots. Take as many pictures as you can a learn from other people. Take your time and really get good at understand what these mean but this is also a good time to understand perfect doesn't mean anything starting taking pictures.