Harvest is a great time tracking tool for project/services based companies.
August 23, 2018

Harvest is a great time tracking tool for project/services based companies.

Caleb Kingston | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Harvest

Our entire company (5 people) uses Harvest. We use it to track all internal and project time to get a glimpse into where our time is going and also to bill our client. We don't use the internal Harvest invoices. We copy the invoice into QuickBooks and then email it to our clients. We love setting project budgets and measuring our time.

Pros

  • Enter time anywhere. I love that there is a desktop app, iPhone app, and web app, and also that you can enter your time from other programs you're using like Trello or Asana. You don't even have to have harvest open to track your time which eliminates duplicate entries.
  • Reporting is very simple. Get a diary glympse of what your team has worked on that week. At the beginning of each week, I print this out and go over key questions with my team.
  • Very inexpensive. We found the cost of harvest to be much cheaper than competing software without limiting what features we could access.

Cons

  • I would like to see better integration between quickbooks and harvest. I have to create a harvest invoice and then copy to quickbooks but when that is finally paid, none of that info transfers to harvest so I have a ton of "unpaid" invoices in harvest.
  • It would nice if my team could request to be part of a project. There are many times I have a team member jump on a project but then they enter their time in the wrong place because they didn't have access to the project. If they could click a button to request access and I get an email that I can approve them with, it would help things a ton.
  • Biggest advantage is us being able to calibrate our costs and time on each project based on measuring past projects so we don't continue not being efficient and estimating projects incorrectly. We are able to track whether we took too long on a project because we were inefficient or because we bid too low.
The Harvest UI was much simpler. The others felt like they had too much going on and setting up and maintaining was confusing. Harvest's interface is very straightforward and easy enough for a non-techie to set up for their business. Toggl was the closest competitor and looked a bit more modern but when I began using it, I found it was limiting in some areas that Harvest stood out.
For project or service based companies this is a winner. Being able to estimate time and costs and measure actual vs estimated for future projects is the biggest winner for me.

Might be less ideal if you're a product based company. but still useful.

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