Harvest Updates

Harvest mention · January 11, 2019

The Best Free Invoice Software for 2019

You've finished the work, and it's time to get paid. Now you need to create an invoice, send it, and give your customer options for how to pay. And while you could draft an invoice in your favorite word processor, print it off, send it via snail mail...read more
Harvest mention · January 1, 2019

The Best Invoicing Software: 19 Apps to Get Paid for Your Work

You've already found clients, put in the hours, and completed the work. Now it's time to get paid. Invoicing should be the easiest part of your process, but creating and sending an invoice can be a time suck—and one you're not getting paid for. Invoicing software...read more
Harvest mention · September 17, 2018

The 10 Best Time Tracker Apps in 2019

People who track time spent working often do so because they need to create invoices for clients and get paid. Others track their time to have an accounting of how long different tasks take or to make sure that a flat-rate project doesn't cost more money to complete than...read more
Harvest mention · December 12, 2017

The Zapier Guide to Line Items

e pluribus unum. The timeworn phrase that graces most US banknotes—Latin for "Out of many, one"—was intended to represent the United States being one nation of many states, could easily have a double meaning. After all, so often when you open your wallet to pay a receipt or...read more
Harvest update · September 17, 2013

Harvest Project Budget Fields

When creating a project inside of Harvest, you can now define two new budget fields: Budget By Budget Amount This maps to the budget fields already provided by Harvest inside of their application. Check it out! Get started here: https://zapier.com/zapbook/harvestread more
Harvest update · January 7, 2013

Start & Stop Timers

Now you can define a project to start a timer on for the current day, plus, you have the ability to stop a currently running time for the current day!read more
Matthew Guay
Written by Matthew GuayLast updated April 17, 2018

Harvest is a popular and powerful time-tracking app that includes invoicing. Time-tracking apps help you record time spent on task, often so that you later create invoices for billable hours. The act of tracking time is a simple enough. All you really need is a stopwatch and a logbook. But digital time-tracking tools give you several advantages, such as having the timer appear right on screen alongside your work, automatic calculations, and ease of use when compiling time tracked across multiple people working on the same project.

Among time-tracking apps, Harvest stands out for including a full range of invoicing tools. Most other apps in this category either have very light invoicing options or they merely connect to external invoicing and accounting apps. It's also extremely easy to use, whether you run a timer as you work or you manually enter your time later. Harvest has apps for iOS and Android devices, Macs, as well as a web app that comes with extensions for Chrome and Safari. The extensions are another of Harvest's standout features. When you install the mobile extensions, time-tracking buttons appear right inside some of the most popular business and productivity apps, such as Asana, Basecamp, GitHub, Jira, and Trello, letting you can track time on task literally in the same app where you're working.

People who track their billable hours with a timer, rather than estimating them after the fact, end up with more accurate invoices (nearly always to the benefit of the worker) and more accurate future estimates. Track every minute you spend on your clients' projects, and Harvest can automatically turn them into invoices. With Harvest, you can set up and manage the rates you charge in a variety of ways, such as by the hour, by the task, or as a flat fee. When working with a team, different team members can have different hourly rates. Expense-tracking comes included, too, so you can add travel mileage, supplies, and other expenses to invoices automatically at the end of the billing period. Harvest supports multiple currencies as well.

You can even get paid through Harvest by connecting to Stripe or PayPal. When you use this integration, you can include a link on invoices to let clients pay you easily, and when they do, Harvest tracks receipt of the payment and marks the bill paid in your records.

Being able to analyze all the time and invoicing data gives Harvest life beyond its immediate uses. For example, reports in the app help you figure out realistic estimates for future work. Harvest has graphs of your team's productivity, breakdowns of where your time and money went, and a list of your uninvoiced time.

The same company that makes Harvest also offers a companion app called Forecast that helps with team scheduling and future scheduling predictions. Forecast helps you schedule work across teams and projects to ultimately get more accurate estimates of how long it typically takes to go from start to finish with your projects.

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. It's a great tool for tracking time, whether you work solo or on a team, and especially if you need an invoicing app to go with your timesheets.

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