Harvest Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Harvest is a simple online time tracking software that can be used by businesses and organizations of all sizes. It is easy to learn and use, with an intuitive interface that people actually like to use, whether they are using a web browser, a Mac desktop, a Chrome extension, or an iOS or Android mobile app. Aside from time tracking, it can also track expense, generate insightful reports, create invoices, set up a team timesheet approval process, and more.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Time and Expenses – Harvest has start and stop timers as you work through your daily tasks. You can also enter your hours manually in the timesheet. You can track time to specific clients, projects and tasks. Add notes and details to remember what you worked on. A weekly timesheet view allows you to review what you tracked for the entire week. You can also record hours on the weekly timesheet all at once. It is possible to bulk move hours from one project to another, or bulk move hours from one task to another. Since it works also on mobile devices, you can track expenses by taking a photo of a receipt, add details, and then save it.
- Team and Projects – The time tracking software includes a feature to track your team’s time and see the total hours, who is tracking time, who is overworked, and who can handle additional load. You can also see how much of your time is billable and how much is not. Compare capacity to actual tracked time to prevent team members from getting overworked. The Team feature allows you to spot trends on which projects they are working, or the days when they are productive. It allows for easy editing to fix entry mistakes, a timesheet approval feature, and automatic reminders to submit timesheets. You can update the default team billable rate without affecting historical data. Also, it is now possible to pin projects and teammates to the top of the page so you can report on only a specific project or people. There is also a new filter to the Pending Approval page to let you sort and approve timesheets by team roles, contractors, or your pinned projects or people. With Project, you can turn timesheet entries into visual reports. Reports put hours, budgets, billable amounts, costs, and uninvoiced totals in one place. You can break down your data by person or task, or export your data in various formats such as Excel, CSV, or PDF. There is a new dedicated contractor report to easily review your contractor’s time, view their total costs, and run or export a detailed report.
- Invoices, Scheduling, Apps, Integrations, and more – Harvest can automatically turn billable time and expenses into invoices. Users can also create manually a free-form invoice for more control. Invoices can be sent by email. Integration with Stripe and PayPal allows for online payments, and then to automatically send thank you messages after an online payment. Automatic reminders can be set to remind clients to pay due invoices as well. Users can get a view of all invoices sent, with the option to drill down on details. It also supports month and year variables that you can add to your recurring invoices. Forecast is an app that integrates with Harvest and lets users organize team schedule into visual plans. It helps users to map out their upcoming projects and make smarter resourcing allocation. Native iOS and Android mobile apps, a Mac Desktop app, and Chrome extension are available. It also integrates with QuickBooks Online and Xero. Most recently, users will be able to connect Harvest with either Google or Outlook.com to pull calendar events into their timesheet.
Harvest offers 2 plans: The Free plan is for 1 person and 2 projects. The Pro plan is priced at $12 per person per month. Annual payment results in 10 percent savings. The Pro plan includes for unlimited people and unlimited projects. A 30-day fully functional free trial is also offered. For teams with more than 50 people, a 15 percent discount is offered when paying a year in advance. For non-profits and educational institutions, a 15 percent discount is offered when paying monthly, and 25 percent discount when paying a year in advance.
Social Network Presence
Harvest is applicable to teams and businesses of all sizes. It is ideal for freelancers, consultants, and small to mid-sized businesses that offer professional services. Corporate departments can use it to streamline time and expense work processes, regardless of business or industry. Educational institutions and non-profit organizations can avail of discounts.
Some of their Clients
Clients include Made By Many, Happy Cog, Ashton Design, Hyperakt, Mutual Mobile, and Luminary Labs.
Ed Ireson recalled that Harvest was one of the first tools his company signed up for. He describes the user interface as incredibly easy to use and beautiful. The time tracking software gives their employees a low impact way to deal with a menial task, so it works well with them, and people actually uses it.
AJ Vaynerchuk stated that when he tested out the time tracking software, he immediately liked the web functionality. He explained that they always wanted to use emergent technology and smart software. As a brand consulting agency, Harvest has been very useful to them, a valuable tool for data tracking.
Ken Beasley stated that when they decided to adopt Harvest, it became their main tool. They like its intuitive design, and logging time was very easy. They really like its simplicity and its interface, and the software has served their company well for their time tracking needs.
Harvest is a simple-to-use and cleanly designed time tracking solution. It is preferred by users who need to bill clients, to help them keep projects profitable, or to improve their pricing. It allows them to make more accurate estimates, to manage their team better, create an indisputable record of what they worked on, and generally improve how each and everyone spends their working hours.
Harvest is a product of Iridesco, LLC, a company that started as a web design studio in 2003 based in New York, USA. Iridesco is a privately held company founded by Danny Wen and Shawn Liu. While managing their growing business, they began to look for an application that can track time and create invoice for their services. Unable to find one that exactly suits their needs, they decided to create one, and in 2006, Harvest was founded and launched. Today, the time tracking software is trusted by over 50,000 businesses and brands worldwide.