I started working at a startup almost 2 years ago. I was brought on part-time. During negotiations I opted for a higher hourly rate as I needed the money and the management structure was questionable (it still is). We are still building our product and the team is small.
I was told I could expect full-time within 3-6 months of working there which still has not substantiated.
I am unsure what to ask exactly, but I would like some equity with the company. I have put about 2 years into the company and I still think we could be 6-12 months from launching the beta of our product.
I don't want to take less money, but should the company be sold I want to benefit from that as well. I do know 2 other employees have some equity with the company, but they are more important to the company at this current stage.
I have a very good relationship with the CEO and want to make my pitch in the next month or two. I've never asked for this, I have no idea how much equity to ask for either.
I appreciate advice on how to ask for equity at this stage, and any negotiating tips that may help my case.