WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

Principal Translations
start off vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (begin [sth])iniciarse v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse").
  comenzar, empezar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa").
start [sth] off vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (cause to begin)empezar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
 They started off the meal with lovely baby quiche appetizers.
 Empezaron la cena con unas deliciosas tarteletas como aperitivo.
  iniciar vtrverbo transitivo: Verbo que requiere de un objeto directo ("di la verdad", "encontré una moneda").
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

Compound Forms:
start off by doing [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (do first)empezar por, comenzar por vi + prep
start off with [sth] vi phrasal + prep informal (begin with)empezar con, comenzar con vtr + prep
 I think I will start off with an appetizer and then have a main dish.
 Creo que empezaré con un aperitivo y después pediré el plato principal.
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