Harvest Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Harvest

Online time tracking, invoicing & project reporting

4.52/5 (353 reviews)

Harvest overview

Harvest harnesses the power of time tracking to help you answer critical questions about your team's time, project progress, and the health of your business. Plus, it turns your billable time into invoices that make it easy to get paid online.

One of the biggest challenges with tracking time is getting your team to do it. Harvest makes time tracking easy for your team by letting them track time in the way that's easiest for them. They can log their hours for the week into a timesheet all at once, or they can track time as they work by starting a timer from their desktop, phone, or browser. Harvest even integrates with your favorite tools - including Asana, Basecamp, and Trello - so your team can track time from applications they already use.

Harvest also helps you put that timesheet data to work by turning it into intuitive, visual graphs that give you insight into your team and projects. See what each member of your team worked on and what's taking up the most of your time. See how much time has been tracked to each project, how much of your budget is left, and how much of your time is billable.

And when it's time to invoice your clients, you can create an invoice from Harvest right from your tracked time. Email it to your client and get paid online with the help of our PayPal and Stripe integrations.
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Pricing

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$12/month
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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
Harvest screenshot: Painlessly track time to different clients, projects, and tasks from all your devices.Harvest screenshot: Break down total time tracked by individual team member and see their billable hours.Harvest screenshot: Drill down into specific projects to analyze progress and costs.Harvest screenshot: Easily create invoices for your work, send them to clients, and get paid online.Harvest screenshot: Keep track of all the invoices you create as well as any outstanding payments.

Harvest reviews

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Lisa Seplavy

Clean, Simple to Use, Good Invoicing features. Features for Fixed-fee billing not the best.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-12
Review Source: Capterra

We absolutely loved Harvest and could not recommend it highly enough. However, with the change to limit phone support, plus the software's limitations in working with fixed fee pricing (which our industry is moving rapidly to), we're unfortunately in the process of looking for a new time-tracking app.

Pros
1) Clean, simple, easy to use interface for daily time tracking. 2) Ability to monitor team's time real-time 3) Ability to track real-time billable Revenue 4) Invoicing features 5) inexpensive

Cons
1) No real-time phone support. Originally, Harvest had real-time phone support, but a while back they (suddenly) changed their phone support from real-time to only scheduled appointments. We've often found that support appointments are not usually available until a while later in the same day, or often the next day, which has been difficult because there is no way to get quicker phone support if needed. Appointment blocks are limited to 15 minute, and in our experience, once 15 minutes is up, the rep will say they have to go because the appointment is over, even if the issue has not been resolved yet. 2) Unfortunately, we've found that so far, Harvest's features have not been keeping up well with the industry's transition to fixed-fee pricing. Though the did add fixed-fee features (thank you!), unfortunately, we found that they did not really work well for tracking fixed-fee projects: - There is currently no way in Harvest to have recurring, monthly fixed-fee projects (so that you can track time/expenses against these.) - There is currently no way in Harvest to track actual time/costs against fixed-fee project fees - There is currently no way in Harvest to add a one-time fixed-price charge for a project (i.e. one day of Bookkeeping at $ amount.) Support told me that the only way to do this is to add these charges as expenses. However, expenses are not included in the revenue reports that we rely on to run the practice, because they are seen as expenses and not revenue.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Bill Bardon

Time and expense tracking and billing

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-08-16
Review Source: Capterra

I used Harvest stand-alone when I started my business. A few years ago I took my accounting online with Xero so I explored many of the time-tracking apps that integrate with it. After less than a year, and countless other apps, I returned to Harvest because I've found nothing easier. I create invoice drafts in Harvest and copy them to Xero for final billing. It's simple, fast, goes deeper if you need it, and is reasonably priced.

Pros
Harvest fits my business model. I'm a consultant who also does installs, repairs, and remote support. It's simple to set up Harvest with your client list, hourly rates, products and services. Once set up, tracking time and expenses is even simpler! They have a web interface and a mobile app. The mobile app duplicates most of the web features and is very handy when on-site - a couple taps selects the client and starts the clock. Creating invoices is a matter of running an Uninvoiced report, clicking the customer you want to invoice, and editing the items, descriptions, prices and tax rates. Then save the invoice and either email it directly to the recipient or save as PDF to print or attach later. Harvest can connect to Trello, Quickbooks, Xero, Stripe, PayPal, and about 80 other online applications, and has a programming API if you are so inclined. It only took me an evening to write a script to insert all my Harvest-tracked time into my CRM app's notes.

Cons
Everything is tracked as a project. To enter time, you first have to create a project to track it. Even if you are doing a one-off visit, you cannot track that hour or two until you have created a new project for that customer. It would be helpful to be able to log billable time directly to a customer.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Alex Fleck

A Great, Lightweight App Which Does What We Need It To

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-11
Review Source: Capterra

Overall a very positive experience; the software is very simple to use and does what we need it to (allows us to invoice, view income reports and send client reminders on payments, as well as allow them to pay via card online, from anywhere in the world and for the funds to be filtered into our business bank account. Some limitations persist and I wish the company would listen to the community on such items as the lack of statements facility. However, they do offer a large number of external software integrations for proposals, contracts etc. which beefs out the utility and functionality of the software.

Pros
Harvest is a super-simple app which manages all our client payments and invoicing/reminders for our clients and integrates with Stripe for a seamless payment process. We use it every day and can bill clients in $ or other currencies easily, and provide them downloadable pdf's, payment portals and other functionality (using external app integrations) with ease.

Cons
The in-built feature set is quite limited. To get integration with contract software, proposal software etc. you need further subscriptions with other companies. It would be ideal if it was all built-in. Also, it's missing a huge feature which should be standard on all invoicing apps - The ability to send automated client statements. At any time we may have 5-20 invoices outstanding for some client accounts and, even after 4 years using Harvest we have to manually send links and individual invoice reminders. It's by far the biggest downside of the software and is a big limitation.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Haja C.

Elegant, Clean and Valuable Time Tracking App - A Staple Product

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2018-08-21
Review Source: Software Advice

This is a very clean, simple appearing, a non-intrusive app which is actually a very solid and powerful platform. It has the potential to be an indispensable part of modern project-based businesses. Well, the answer is, this basic time tracking app solves several problems all at once. First of all, Harvest is available on all your devices and computers so, whenever you need to track time...voila there it is. It is super easy to set up and use, zero learning curve needed. It's nicely organized by client, so each project gets placed where it belongs. It has idle time detection to prevent inaccuracies. There are several options for arranging your time-based fees and you can even include your billable expenses. The information is not trapped in Harvest platform so you can import and export clients, invoices and other info to your other systems easily. You can easily send email invoices directly from your time-keeping records and accept payments online with integrations. In addition to budgeting time, you can also track expenses for each project in order to stay on track, both financially and time management-wise. This software plus Forecast gives you the potential to be increasingly accurate with time estimates for your clients. Once you take into account all of the software integrations and the API, you really have a valuable central point to manage your business. It helps that this software was developed by a team that had to solve these problems themselves. The company also seems to have good stewardship of the business in social justice and community arenas. I have not yet used the mobile app or API but I am definitely a fan of Harvest!

Pros
-Intuitive user interface -Cute motivational quotes and illustrations -Great native desktop experience on the Mac -Wonderful integrations with other software, including Harvest's Forecast, Xero accounting and Stripe -A multi-functional API and mobile apps (IOS and Android)!

Cons
- No automated sales tax - or integration with automated sales tax providers (Avalara, Tax Jar, etc.) on invoices -Team pricing could be better and also would be great if there were a tier between free - two projects and unlimited projects. -No offline functionality on the desktop

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Fantastic time-tracking tool

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-09-25
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Especially after a recent update, I like how easy the timer is to work with. Simply select the project I'm working on and start the timer. While I'm working it stays on in the background. If I get called away from my desk for some reason, and I forget to stop the timer, it recognizes the inactivity and checks in with me upon return. That's super handy - if I was off the computer on a call related to the project, for example, one button click and it will continue timing including the 'inactive' time. If I got called off to a different project, I can easily put the minutes/hours of 'inactive' time on the appropriate project. If I got called away by something totally unrelated to work, I can toss the accumulated 'inactive' time and either keep working or stop the clock when I get back. It also sends an email reminder after several hours of inactive time - like when I quit working for the day and forget to clock out. No more guessing!

Cons
There is sometimes a disconnect between the desktop app and the website. I can't remember why but once in a while I'll have to check on the site while the app is running (like to read notes associated with a project) and there were some discrepancies. They always sorted themselves out, but for a couple minutes it was confusing. It's not a huge issue so long as you remember to give the site time update with the app.

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Harvest pricing

Starting from
$12/month
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
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Harvest costs $12 USD/person/month for unlimited access to all of Harvest's features.

A free plan is also available for single users with limited needs.

Harvest features

API
Accounting Integration
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Electronic Payments
Expense Tracking
Invoice Management
Invoice Processing
Reporting & Statistics

Accounting Management (147 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (166 other apps)
Audit Trail (101 other apps)
Compliance Management (133 other apps)
Financial Analysis (104 other apps)
Multi-Currency (130 other apps)
Real Time Data (128 other apps)
Third Party Integration (149 other apps)
Workflow Management (115 other apps)

Additional information for Harvest

Key features of Harvest

  • Accounting integration
  • Activity tracking
  • Automatic notifications
  • Cost analysis
  • Customizable reporting
  • Electronic payments
  • Expense tracking
  • Invoice management
  • Invoice processing
  • Mobile integration
  • Multiple billing rates
  • Profitability analysis
  • Progress tracking
  • Project time tracking
  • Projections
  • Quickbooks integrations
  • Task tracking
  • Time tracking by client
  • Timer
  • Timesheets
  • Employee time clock
  • Labor cost reporting
  • Project budgeting
  • Billing & invoicing
  • Budgeting
  • Date import / export
  • Time & attendance tracking
  • Time & expense tracking
  • Cost tracking
  • Expense claims
  • Cost estimating
  • Project estimating
  • Billing rate management
  • Time / task reporting
  • Billable hours tracking
  • Automated expense input
  • Performance management
  • Remote access
  • Time categorization
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Benefits

Time tracking - Log hours into a timesheet or start a timer from your desktop, phone, or browser.

Integrations - Connect Harvest to dozens of tools, including Asana, Basecamp, Jira, PayPal, QuickBooks, Trello, and Xero.

Expense tracking - Take pictures of receipts and save expenses to specific projects.

Powerful reports - Visual reporting gives you essential information about your team and your projects based on timesheet data.

Invoice clients - Create invoices based on your tracked time, email them to clients, and get paid online through PayPal or Stripe.