We recently started using Harvest as a time tracking tool. For the last few years we have been using QuickBooks Online to track time. It’s an easy enough app to use but the fact that it doesn’t support Mac’s was a real pain. We’re a Mac only shop now (we have had a split of PC’s and Mac’s in the past) so the general frustration levels were now universal. We decided to keep QuickBooks for all our financial reporting and bookkeeping but we needed a better way to understand project profitability and progress.
We researched several similar tools but picked Harvest for a few specific reasons:
- It integrates with Basecamp
- There is a desktop widget for Mac’s and PC’s that allows quick time adding
- The progress bars show you how far along a project is.
The progress bar was the highlight for me. As the guy who needs to know what projects are at what stage so I can either bill a client or discuss scope creep before it’s too late. Although we only charge fees on design and SEO projects we still track time to measure progress, profitability and track billing cycles.