Harvest for Time Tracking Review – 2019

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Harvest is arguably the most popular time tracking app, in part due to its robust project management tools. It borders on the edge of a full business management tool but shies away from that classification in the name of being user-friendly.

Amazingly, it offers all of its features to all users – even at the free tier! That makes it a hard choice to pass up. The only reason you might want to skip it is if you have a lot of team members and need a slightly cheaper option.

Harvest comes with all the usual offenders: time tracking, expense tracking, reporting, and analytic tools, timesheets and approval, etc. It has some features a sales team will enjoy too – invoicing and estimates are easy to send within the dashboard. The number of possible integrations numbers over 100.

While it lacks the ability to do payroll, that’s more than made up for by the outstanding mobile apps. The power of the app is immense, almost as capable as the browser version, but it’s so well-designed that navigating it on your phone is a breeze. Normally, sifting through that amount of info and tools is overwhelming but Harvest does it elegantly.

Who Harvest is best for

Possibly everyone. Definitely solo time trackers like freelancers or contractors that only work with one or two clients at a time – that way you stay within the project limit but still get access to a huge range of tools.

Those that can take advantage of the discounts, such as teachers, non-profits, or educational institutions should definitely check it out.

Harvest pricing

The cost for Harvest comes in at about the middle of the pack. Although the website lists 3 different plans, they are essentially identical. The Solo and Team tiers have all the same features and the same price per person, the only difference is the number of people.

There are a variety of discount options. Paying yearly will get you 10% off, and if you pay yearly while your team is 50 or more people, that’s bumped up to 15%. Non-profits and educational institutions are offered 15% or a hefty 25% off if paid annually. Teachers get it for free!

If you’re unsure, there is a 30-day free trial with no credit card necessary.

  • Free – $0/month, 1 user limit, 2 project limit, all features
  • Solo/Team – $12/month per person, all features

Harvest customer support

You would think that with a customer base of the size that Harvest has that support is stretched thin, but that’s not the case. In fact, both phone and email support are available to all users (within business hours). Providing support to free users is practically unheard of, but that’s why Harvest is so well-loved.

There is also a solid foundation of blog articles that dig into the features and how best to use them.

Pros

  • An excellent free tier.
  • Stellar customer support.
  • Beautiful apps for Android, iOS, and Mac.

Cons

  • No payroll ability.
  • They push their sister app, Forecast, on you with some frequency.

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