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Danny Wen and Shawn Liu founded Harvest in 2006 at a small office in downtown New York City. Wen and Liu ran a web design studio and as the company grew, they struggled to find a comprehensive platform that allowed them to track time and send invoices easily. Unable to find something that worked for their unique needs, Wen and Liu decided to start Harvest. 

Harvest is a web-based time tracking and invoicing application used by over 40,000 creative businesses across the globe. 

Harvest’s unique features include the following:

  • Comprehensive time tracking capabilities
  • Easy and professional invoicing
  • Powerful reporting to keep employees on top of project progress and profitability
  • Apps and integrations tailored to your workflow
  • Intuitive team scheduling through the sister application Forecast

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The Good

  • Fully Functional Trial
  • Harvest Plans and Features
  • Integrations
  • Discounts

Fully Functional Trial

Harvest offers a 30-day trial to users. The trial includes all the features that come with Harvest’s plans. This is uncommon throughout the industry as most companies limit the number of features with a trial version. 

If you’re not sure which time tracking software to use, we recommend at least trying out Harvest’s trial. You don’t need a credit card to sign up and you can quickly test out everything Harvest has to offer. 

Harvest Plans and Pricing

After finishing your trial, you can either sign up for one of Harvest’s two plans. The Free Plan is relatively basic but allows one user and two projects. The Pro Plan allows an unlimited number of people and an unlimited number of projects. 

Both plans include the following features:

  • Time and Expense Tracking
  • Powerful Reporting Tools
  • Unlimited Invoices and Estimates
  • Project Budget Alerts
  • Timesheet Approval
  • Integrations with 100+ Apps
  • Apps for iOS, Android, and Mac
  • Bank-Level Security
  • Phone and Email Support

Whether you plan to use Harvest for a team of remote employees or those working in-house, the software combines all the time tracking data. It puts it into one easily accessible and convenient location. Harvest’s reports are easy to read and display where employees are spending their time and whether they are nearing their work capacity. 

Integrations

Harvest easily integrates with the majority of popular productivity apps and business tools, including the following:

  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • GitHub
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • QuickBooks Online
  • PayPal
  • Stripe
  • Google Chrome
  • JitBit
  • Grow
  • Databox

Keep in mind, this is not the complete list of integrations. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, we recommend going to Harvest’s website. However, if you still don’t see the tool you’re looking for, there is an API for designing custom integrations. 

Discounts

There are a few different ways to save on your bill with Harvest. Users can save 10 percent when paying for the year in advance. Teams of 50 or more people get a 15 percent discount when paying for the year in advance. And nonprofits and educational institutions receive 15 percent off when paying monthly and 25 percent off when paying for the year in advance. For those using Harvest in a classroom setting, Harvest allows you to use the platform for free. 

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The Bad

  • No Payroll Services
  • Limited Free Plan
  • More Expensive Paid Plan

No Payroll Services

Harvest is meant to be used for time tracking and invoicing, so it doesn’t offer any payroll services or integrations with other payroll tools. Harvest does allow users to export their time and expense data to Excel or CSV format — allowing you to import those into your current payroll system.

Limited Free Plan 

The Free plan is decent, but there are a few limitations. There can only be one user, and you can only have two projects. You also can’t attach files to invoices or estimates. You can’t integrate with QuickBooks Online or import projects and people from Asana. And finally, you can’t import any data. This may come as an unpleasant surprise to those who got used to all the features that came with the 30-day trial. 

More Expensive Paid Plan

Harvest’s Pro plan comes with all the bells and whistles, but you’ll have to pay $12 per person per month, which is more expensive than its competitors. Several other options only cost $5 per user per month. 

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The Bottom Line

Although Harvest may not be an all-encompassing project management tool, it is an excellent time-tracking app. What we like about Harvest is the company’s modern and efficient design. The company does a great job of combining the time tracking data and making it comprehensible. It’s easy to see an overview of your team or look into each individual employee with just a few clicks. 

However, if you’re looking for the cheapest time tracking software, Harvest isn’t it. At $12 per person per month, Harvest is nearly double the cost of some of its competitors. The company does offer a free plan, but it’s relatively limited.

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