Not all budgets are created equal. Here at Harvest, we know how important it is to keep track of those budgets, no matter how big or small. Budget tracking ensures your projects run smoothly, efficiently, and profitably. In the past few months, we’ve made big strides toward bettering your budget experience—we released Forecast, project graphs, and a recent integration between Forecast and Harvest Projects.
In the next few days, we’ll be rolling out another new feature that’ll help with all your budgeting needs: the ability to budget by fees per task.
Let’s take a typical fixed-fee project that’s composed of phases:
- Phase 1: Research | Budget: $5,000
- Phase 2: Design | Budget: $8,000
- Phase 3: Implementation | Budget: $5,000
- Phase 4: Launch | Budget: $3,000
How would you set up that project in Harvest? Some of you might budget by total project fees. That works fine, but you won’t be able to track the project’s progress at a more granular level.
The other option is to budget by hours per task. The trouble is, you can’t translate your fees into hours—different people might work on the same phase at different billable rates.
Let’s fix that problem! Our new feature makes it possible for you to break down project fees by tasks. Simply edit a project, and choose the “Fees per task” option:
Then scroll down to the Tasks section and type in your fees:
Make sure you set an Invoice Method and specify your billable rates and Harvest will do the rest! If you head to your Project Analysis page, you’ll find this useful report—a breakdown of your project progress by task fees:
We hope you find this new feature useful! And as usual, we’d love to hear what you think.