Time tracking is one of those tasks that causes otherwise sane people pull their hair out. It inspires procrastination. Harvest wants to make it super simple and easy. Harvest is an online time tracking tool that offers an elegant way to track time and timesheets for your employees.
Harvest actually does a lot more than track time. With it you can analyze your time across clients, projects and tasks. You can use it to create and send out invoices (for your billable hours) and track those accounts in their invoicing dashboard. I actually learned about Harvest through my account at Outright, because Outright integrates their bookkeeping tool with Harvest’s invoicing. Pretty slick, in my view. You can read my full review of Outright here.
Harvest has thought about almost every aspect of your time tracking experience, even for simple widgets. You can watch a short YouTube video on what the desktop widget does prior to downloading it. Leave it to a team that knows “time is money” to think about giving you a short 2-3 minute video to explain something fast. By the way, the widget lets you keep track when you’re not online.
What I Like:
- Easy export to Quickbooks and other financial tools, including Excel
- Ties to Basecamp and several other major Web-based apps for project management.
- Mobile device applications for iPhone. You are probably out on the road doing project work from time to time; being able to time track from a mobile phone is a great option.
- Harvest’s philosophy: “Don’t get in the way. Small business people are busy. Create a system that is as easy to set up as it is to use. Be intuitive so there is a minimal learning curve for all users. Everyone has more important things to get done than just track time.“
What Could Be Better:
This app is pretty solid, but I’d like to see a mobile app for Android and Blackberry, too. It would also be helpful to see a couple of short case studies so that I can see how other small business owners are using Harvest. (The testimonials cover some of this, to be fair.)
Who Is It For?
I imagine that large teams might want Harvest, but in searching the Web I found freelancers, small businesses and independent professionals using the tool. Attorneys, architects, accountants and others who operate on a solo level most of the year or add team members at busy times of year also use Harvest; it looks like it would be perfect for nonprofits, too.
Harvest offers a “forever free” plan for microbusinesses; other plans start at $12/mo. There is a 30-day free trial, no credit card required, just an easy and fast form.
Learn more about Harvest.