I start my beats by just laying out a melody I like to guide me through to the rhythm.
I take that melody and add some layers, high hat, and close hit. I put on the kick and add a second melody for contrast. Then add snare.
I start mixing the track, EQ, compression, automation, etc.
Mix, master and finish it up by exporting it. I like to export a mastered and unmastered version. The one that is mastered is for showcasing and the unmastered version is for purchases of the beat.
Most importantly, I feel it. It’s all in the feeling, I feel the music and let it build from there.