tangor - 9:06 am on Feb 12, 2010 (gmt 0)
Let's back off on the beat up, kiddies. An honest question was asked and several honest replies came forth, as well as recommendations regarding worth of work; but the testosterone of some versus testosterone of others is not within the query.
OP: do your work, but do place a value upon it, perhaps a bit more than you have in the past. More specifically keep your mock up to paper for conversation with new clients FIRST rather than expending real code time production. The scribbles on paper are (generally, in my case and probably everyone else) is free. Actual CODE for demo COSTS for labor production and that, I think, is your question: what do I charge. That answer is YOUR REGULAR RATE. And, as others in this commentary have stated, you're a bit... er... really LOW BALL and should rethink that.
I know Michigan. You're screwed in so many ways in that part of the USA... but the internet is NOT Michigan only...so it might be wise to take a larger world view. As does any Michigan company these days. I know. I code for some there...and I am in Texas. Reasonable rates for the work done.
And NEVER give more than one active mock up. Which I think was your original question. Work is work. You need to be paid for it. Remember the legal pad and a pen. THAT can be free. CODING is not free. Ever.