I am embedded device developer and in many cases, I have to buy some equipment for the project. Usually, I post this equipment back to the client at the end of the project. But so far I could not find a proper way to send client bills and ask for compensation for the hardware.
If I charge them over the project, they have to pay an extra 10% UpWork fee to make it equal on my side, or I have to pay that %10 from my pocket! UpWork even deducts 10% from the bonus, so that is also not an option.
In the reports I see "Expense" but I can't find anywhere how I can use it.
No, there is no way.
Any and all monies exchanged between client and freelancer may only be done through Upwork.
Sorry, there are no exceptions.
Anything beyond this is circumvention, and will earn you a permaban.