Face-off comparing time tracking with Harvest and TSheets

May 14, 2021

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Comparing Harvest time tracking solutions

If you are out in the market for a new time tracking solution you are looking for a few things. First, what is the cost per user in your office to track project hours. And that can be a drag so you need to make sure it’s easy for your staff. Second, you’re likely looking at the integrations and what other tools you use that may work with your new time tracker. For example, AlignTime works brilliant with Harvest to help staff with getting their time into PMs up to 50% faster than using just Harvest alone. Finally, you want to compare the features offered, and the scale of deployment. How many platforms and devices work with this solution.

We hope you find this helpful in procuring your time tracking solution in 2021. And check out AlignTime for more ideas on raising your remote office engagement.

Using Harvest for time tracking

Harvest Time Tracking Solutions

If you are a professional service firm with less than 200 staff, and you are looking for an online time tracker, Harvest is a great time tracking solution that sets up quite easily and costs around $12 / user / month. The platform really speaks to startups, SMBs, and firms in the digital media production space. It also enjoys approximately 20+ software integrations that may be helpful to users.

Best of:

  • It’s very affordable;
  • Very easy to set up and onboard staff.

Worst of:

  • Too basic for compiling reports;
  • Not enough tools to support automation in submissions.

The base features that come with Harvest include:

  • Time entry for Billable & Non-Billable
  • Invoicing & Billing
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Offline Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management

Harvest’s time tracker can be used with the following:

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-Based
  • Desktop – Mac
  • Windows Desktop
  • Android Mobile
  • Mobile – iPhone

Support for those using Harvest’s time tracker:

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • Chat
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Using TSheets for time tracking

TSheets Time Tracking Solutions

If you are going through the procurement process for a large corporation, possibly excess of 1,000 staff, TSheets is likely a strong choice for a time tracker that offers a very broad integration list for your other business tools (ie. Intuit business products) with over 40+ listed. It is also very cost competitive for only around $8 / user / month. The base features of TSheets well outpace Harvest’s base features, but with more comes product complexity.

Best of:

  • Many corporate friendly features (mgt approval for time submissions).

Worst of:

  • Seems to be buggy for some working in Quickbooks;
  • Too complex for basic employees;
  • They don’t refund if you paid for the year but aren’t happy.

Time Tracking Comparables:

  • Billable & Non-Billable Hours
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Mobile Time Tracking
  • Multiple Billing Rates
  • Offline Time Tracking
  • Timesheet Management
  • Outstanding against Harvest:
  • Automatic Time Capture
  • Employee Database
  • Overtime Calculation
  • Vacation/Leave Tracking

TSheet’s time tracker deployment:

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-Based
  • Desktop – Mac
  • Desktop – Windows
  • Desktop – Linux
  • Mobile – Android
  • Mobile – iPhone

TSheet users receive the following product support:

  • Phone Support
  • Knowledge Base
  • Email/Help Desk
  • Chat
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Videos
  • Documentation