I'm a 1099 contractor to a full-time client in another state. They need me to meet with one of their customers (in another state) in order to try and drum up more work but they are requiring that I pay for my flight, hotel, food, etc... Is this normal? Or should they pay because I'm going on their behalf to drum up more work?
My client said....
You should bill us what you expect our client to pay; We can not pay for any expenses or charges from a vendor (you) which cannot be billed to our client. All ‘internal’ non-billable hours become a cost of doing business. So I’d pay my own way for any of my own expenses or those of my employees. As a fellow business owner, I am your customer so the burden of running your own business and all of the costs associated with that are your burden and not mine. I can’t reimburse or pay for a rental car, hotel, food, snacks, entertainment or other on your behalf.
I'm thinking that he's asking me to go represent his company, so he should reimburse me for travel. Is he off-base or am I? Am I expecting too much?