I have been working for a tech company currently in its startup phase for the past 6 months or so with many long nights and sunrises. Being an entrepreneur myself I know time is very important to get our product to market so I have been putting off negotiating my end. I have been wearing many hats within the company to help generate materials for VC investment. I have written the business plan and been crucial to many aspects of developing the business and financial models. I understand that I need to be compensated for my previous and future services. I would rather take equity now as I do not want to hinder the startup's cash flow. What are the steps I should take? What contract do I use? How and when is the stock transferred? Is there a guideline to follow here? Thanks!!!