You want to make sure that you are building a friendship. This friendship is what you want to build your relationship on. To build your friendship you want to be there for one another. You want to make sure that you are talking, learning about each other, and that you are also teaching each other about your interests.
You should make sure that you are spending some time apart. If you are living your own life this will be easy to do. You want to make sure that you are are keeping in touch with your friends and family and keeping up on your own hobbies and interests. The reason you want to spend some time apart is cause you want to make sure that he misses you, is evaluating your relationship, and also that he is able to take care of his own personal needs and life.