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Harvest gives you simple time tracking, fast online invoicing, and powerful reporting software. Simplify employee timesheets and billing.

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Harvest Features

  • Simple time tracking from any browser, Mac, iPhone, or Android device
  • Enter time manually on a time sheet
  • Manage team time and remind employees to submit timesheets
  • Create estimates and invoices based on work time
  • Real-time reports of where your time went
  • Log expenses to include along with invoices
  • Harvest Forecast helps to plan team project schedules

Harvest Pricing

  • Free plan for 1 user, 4 clients, and 2 projects
  • $12/month Solo plan for 1 user, and unlimited clients, projects, and invoicing
  • $49/month Basic plan for 5 users with unlimited features and timesheet approval
  • $99/month Business plan for 10 users with with unlimited features and timesheet approval

$10/user/month for additional users on paid plans, up to 3, 9, and unlimited users for the Solo, Basic, and Business plans, respectively.

Last updated July 22, 2015. Please visit the official site for the most up-to-date information.

Harvest Review

If there's one time tracking app that's instantly recognizable, it's Harvest. Started in 2006 by the web design studio Iridesco, Harvest was built on the same Ruby on Rails platform that powered Basecamp and many other memorable apps of the era. Like so many others, Harvest turned into a popular and powerful enough tool that it became its team's main focus, and the time tracking app of choice for businesses around the globe.

Tracking time is a simple enough task, of course. All you need is a stopwatch and a logbook, and you can keep accurate records of the time you spend on your work or anything else. But what you're far more likely to do is work half the day before remembering to start your timer—or you'll finish the work day without logging your time. When time is quite literally money, that's a failure you can't afford.

Harvest is designed to be the clock you don't have to try to remember. It's nicely designed, so perhaps you'll want to open it every day just to see its real-time reports about your team's productivity. It can run in your web browser, mobile device, or Mac, letting you track time right inside any other apps you use. In fact, that's perhaps its best feature: install the mobile extensions, and you'll see time tracking buttons pop up in GitHub, Trello, Basecamp, and other popular apps, so you can track what you're working on without ever opening Harvest itself.

You'll likely remember to use it, though, because Harvest makes it so easy to turn your time into money. Track every minute you spend on your clients' projects, and Harvest will automatically turn that time into invoices you can send out and get paid directly inside Harvest. You can even start the entire process in Harvest, sending an estimate based on older projects, then tracking time you spend on won projects, and finally sending the invoice and getting paid right inside Harvest.

There's more, too. Harvest has direct integrations with dozens of web apps—and hundreds more via Zapier—so you can log time spent directly from other apps. Have a 2 hour long meeting with your client scheduled in Google Calendar? Harvest can automatically add that time to your timesheets. And if you need to invoice your clients for more than just your time, Harvest lets you log expenses from the web or your mobile device. You can even scan in receipts from your phone, add them to a project, and roll them up with your timesheets into invoices.

It'd be a shame to gather all of this data about your team's time and expenses without any way to analyze it all. Harvest's real-time reports are perfect for that. You'll find graphs of your team's productivity, breakdowns of where your time and money went, and a quick list of your uninvoiced time. It'll be easier than ever to figure out how to optimize your workflow.

Harvest also includes a couple companion apps to help your team work together better. There's Co-op, Harvest's simple team status board app where your team can share what you're working on in a sort of private Twitter. Then, there's Forecast which will help you schedule your team's work across projects and figure out how long it'll take to ship the things you're working on. Forecast makes Harvest make sense for any type of team project management, even if you never have to invoice clients—you can just use Harvest's simple time trackers to see where your time goes and plan your projects effectively.

Most business apps require some onboarding or orientation time, but not Harvest. It's simple enough that anyone should be able to start using it almost immediately, tracking the time you're spending at work and figuring out how to optimize your scheduling. It's a great tool for tracking time, whether you're working on in-house projects or are spending your days on client projects and invoicing.


Reviewed by Matthew Guay, Zapier. Last updated July 22, 2015.

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