You don't need to apologize to me because we're committed here to help, @jawoodjr.
At this time, there isn't a way to enable the billable expense feature using Simple Start. Upgrading your version is currently the recommended method to achieve this goal.
Tracking your billable expenses using your current version would be beneficial to your business. Your suggestion is valuable to us, so I'm taking note of it. Also, I'll submit it directly to our engineers so they can find ways to implement it for future updates. With this, it helps improve your experience in QuickBooks.
I'd suggest visiting this website: QBO Blog. You'll see the latest news and product improvements in this link.
You can count me in if there's anything else you need. Have a great day, @jawoodjr.