Harvest vs QuickBooks Comparison Chart

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Michael Sallander

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Simple Time Tracking Tool I'be Been Using for Years

2017-08-15

Harvest is reliable, simple and comes with most of the features and reporting that I need to run my web agency. The integration with Basecamp is essential and the iphone app is a big plus. When it comes to time tracking, the simpler the better otherwise the time won't get recorded. Harvest does an excellent job on the user interface.

Pros

Interface, Ease of use, integrations

Cons

Would like more user permission options and more control over the quickbooks online integration.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Harvest

Record your time in the simplest way possible to start and get more detailed over time as you start to build the habit

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Kristen Zalatan

Nice system, but I wish it tracked contractor payments

2019-03-06

Not the most convenient - it took us over a week to get set up - but it does most of what we need.

Pros

I like that it allows you to send invoices to Quickbooks.

Cons

You have to archive tasks individually, which means if you start by importing data from something like Asana, you have to spend hours archiving tasks one by one.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Pamela Herrmann

Invoicing made easy

2017-06-07

Ease in writing estimates and converting them into invoices.

Pros

I like that I can create an estimate, turn it into an invoice, it synchs with QuickBooks and everything is just easy.

Cons

I wish it had the ability to do a partial payment request. Maybe it does and I just can't figure it out, but basically if my consulting clients are paying 50% up front and 50% upon completion, I would like the functionality to do so.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Steve Fa

Decent Product But Horrible Customer Service

2018-03-20

Pros

Also syncs to Quickbooks/Xero which is a nice feature.

Cons

Very poor customer service. I've never had as bad of an experience as with Harvest. Wouldn't recommend to anyone based on this.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Top-notch invoicing and matter management software for professionals and freelancers.

2017-11-16

Prompt invoicing. Ability to manage all client matters. Time tracking.

Pros

Very easy to use and integrates well with Xero, Quickbooks or other backend bookkeeping software.

Cons

The reporting features are generally good, but uninvoiced versus invoiced can get a little opaque at times.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Ben Threadgill

Small business invoicing / time tracking

2017-01-10

It sync with Quickbooks and is very easy and intuitive to use!

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Tracy Moskowitz

I use Harvest every day and could not work without it.

2018-02-21

Organization and convenience

Pros

It also communicates with Quickbooks.

Cons

I wish I could keep recurring expenses on a schedule with Harvest so they automatically appear every month.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Sheila Cheasbro

Harvest is very easy to use and convenient invoicing system - especially for small businesses!

2018-08-01

Harvest saved me from having to purchase and learn a much-too-large software title for my small business - like QuickBooks when all I need is a simple time tracking and invoicing tool.

Pros

I love that the software is web-based so that no matter where I am, I can simply log in using a web browser. Additionally, Harvest offers an app for Android which allows me to track time, scan receipts for expenditures and generate invoices/accept payments.

Cons

I wish there was a way to add late fees/interest to invoices that are late and I wish there were a forms library to send out letters/communications that are routinely used with invoices, estimates, payments and debt collection. It would also be nice to have the ability to have a master account and be able to switch between multiple businesses/locations within that account.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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John Bianchi

Really Easy to Use, But Needs Better Reports

2018-09-12

We are a small consulting firm, and this was exactly what we needed for time-keeping, invoicing and payments.

Pros

We process about 25 invoices per month, and this makes it all very easy, and even copies the invoices and payments over to QuickBooks directly.

Cons

It does not have a report on Payments received, which can be very frustrating sometimes.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Financial Services company, 11-50 employees)

Harvest makes tracking your time simple and intuitive.

2018-04-10

Easily track time, review time sheets and time spent on projects.

Pros

Previously I used Quickbooks and had to enter my time after I finished a project, or keep track of the time and add it to the project later.

Cons

It would be nice to have a feature where you can request access to projects. Other than that, I have no cons for Harvest.

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Colin Cobb

Reliable time tracking

2019-02-26

Pros

I just started using this because of its integration with Trello and Quickbooks, and it's been pretty amazing.

Cons

I haven't had any issues and it seems like each day I discover more features that make things easier and easier for me.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rafael Abreu

Perfect Match to TEAMWORK (Project Management Tool)

2018-11-02

We are really in love with Harvest so far. It changed the way we log and invoice hours, as it is much easier due to the TEAMWORK integration and its built in features. Support is great and fast. Highly recommended.

Pros

Easy way to INVOICE billable hours (Quickbooks and Xero integration).

Cons

Not possible to import entries from other systems was the only down side of implementing it so far as we are not able to see the historic data in the Harvest. Because we need to pay for different systems (TEAMWORK, HARVEST and FORECAST) the total cost per user for our company can be around $30. Not a problem but probably there are other systems that can do it all for the same price (but I need to say that Harvest has one of the best interfaces and reports that I ever see.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Amy Price

Really awesome, simple solution for freelancers; also works for mid-sized firms

2018-02-08

Pros

The invoices sync nicely to QuickBooks Online and look good when you send them to customers.

Cons

We wanted to use Harvest at my firm, but the time tracking doesn’t sync the way we need it to with our firm’s idiosyncrasies. We were able to set up TSheets the way we needed to, which is not really a knock on Harvest; Harvest’s biggest selling point is how easy it is to use out of the box. That means it’s a little less flexible and customizable than other things, but honestly I think most people would find it worth the money.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Software Advice
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Aimee Kessler Evans

Best for Simple Bookkeeping and Time Tracking

2018-12-20

I literally couldn't run my business without Harvest. It makes bookkeeping so easy, even in two currencies.

Pros

Harvest is affordable, and easy to use. As a freelancer, I find it fantastically simple to track time and expenses, bill, follow up on invoices and receive payment. Harvest integrates with Stripe and PayPal, so clients can pay online easily. I literally run my business on this software, and it's so intuitive. Best of all, as an American living in Canada with clients in both countries, I can bill and accept payments in both USD and CAD. Harvest is one of the few solutions that lets me do that in a single account.

Cons

Unfortunately, you have to tie into overpriced Quickbooks or another accounting package to do this.

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Courtney Ortiz

PayPal Business Payments

2018-11-14

PayPal Business Payments is the reason I use Harvest - because it is affordable for my company

Pros

PayPal Business Payments for Invoicing - You can choose to do an "e-check" and avoid credit card processing fee's by using PayPal's Business Payments which is only offered on Harvest, Freshbooks and Quickbooks (from my understanding).

Cons

I have no cons. It works as described. If I had to pick, I wish that I could schedule invoices to send - which may be possible but haven't tried it yet.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Alex Wilson

Harvest works but has some limits that make it less than useful

2018-12-21

Pros

I can create a project and log expenses and time to them. Easy to see what is going on. Easy to track the time and expenses.

Cons

Virtually zero integration with common accounting tools like Quickbooks. Everything has to be transferred manually.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Nicole Goodhue

Harvest Review

2019-01-13

Harvest has made my life so much simpler and cut down on the time I spend invoicing clients immensely. It has made my graphic and web design business a lot more efficient

Pros

It has the capability to integrate into quickbooks as well.

Cons

I can't think of anything that I don't like about this software really. If I absolutely had to name something, setting up information/logo for invoices in the very beginning was a little tricky but easily solved by reading tutorial.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Adam Liptchman

Harvest is superb

2013-04-16

A great time tracking and reporting tool for your team. Harvest has become indispensable at our company. Its streamlined our workflow, allowing us to work on more projects efficiently and operate more closely to our budgetary goals.

Pros

As well as 50+ integrations with project management apps like Basecamp and accounting apps like Quickbooks and Xero.

Cons

The invoices could be more customizable than they are right now. The PDF versions of the reports could look a bit better.

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Source: Capterra
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Bill Bardon

Time and expense tracking and billing

2018-08-16

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 can connect to Trello, Quickbooks, Xero, Stripe, PayPal, and about 80 other online applications, and has a programming API if you are so inclined.

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.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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