For one of the places I freelance I asked them to pay me in stock instead of cash. Why? Because I believe they're going to be a huge company and it's worth the gamble to me. Time for potential payout. Unfortunately they wouldn't do it, but I read this about the Facebook IPO and it reminded me of why you should do it if you believe in a company... The graffiti artist David Choe, who took stock in place of cash for painting murals on the Facebook office walls six years ago, is expected to be "worth upward of $200 million when Facebook stock trades publicly."
More interesting facts here... Inc.com