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Introducing Harvest for Slack

It’s our belief that time tracking should be frictionless and accessible, no matter where you prefer to work. That’s why we offer desktop and mobile apps, browser extensions, and integrations with your favorite tools, including Trello, Basecamp, Asana, and Github. Until now, however, there’s been one glaring exception: Slack.

If you’re like many modern businesses, chances are you spend a lot of your working day in Slack, discussing projects, sharing updates, asking questions, and posting that Bitmoji that perfectly captures your feelings. Now you can add tracking time to that list.

With the launch of Harvest for Slack, you can bring time tracking directly into your team’s conversation. The integration also puts a ton of new information at your fingertips with the magic of slash commands. Try out the new Slack integration for yourself or read on for a rundown of everything you can do with it:

Conversations move fast. It’s easy to start chatting about a project without getting a chance to start a timer. Now all you have to do is type /harvest start into Slack and you’ll be able to start a Harvest timer without leaving the conversation. And when you’re done, just type /harvest stop to stop tracking. Continue reading…

Introducing Placeholders in Forecast: A Handy Tool for Uncertain Times

Figuring out who will work on what project is the tough recurring question all managers face. Today, scheduling time to a project in Forecast requires that you also assign that time to a person on your team. For the most part, this is naturally how scheduling works (“So-and-so is planned to work X hours next week on Project Y”).

However, this requirement can sometimes become a hassle. What if you have hours to assign to an upcoming project, but you’re not yet sure who’ll be working on it? What if everyone on your team is already at full capacity that week? What if you planned to hire someone to work those hours, but you haven’t hired them yet?

These are common real-life scenarios we’ve heard from our customers. As a workaround, our customers have been adding “dummy users” to their team in Forecast. Then they assign those dummy users to projects.

The main problem with this: Forecast charges for each person on your team! We don’t believe we should be charging you extra for a workaround.

Introducing Placeholders

Today, we’re excited to introduce Placeholders to Forecast.

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Coming Soon: Organize Your Team by Role

Have you ever gone to your Team section and asked yourself, “How do I get this report to show me just the people I’m most interested in?” Maybe you want to know how billable your designers are, what your developers are working on, or which team might be overworked.

Good question, and good news. We’re working on a feature that’ll allow you to get answers quickly, and it’s called Roles.

Roles are descriptors for your teammates, and allow you to specify what role each person plays in your company: Designer, Manager, Copywriter, etc. When we launch in a few weeks, we’ll share more details about how we envision these roles being used.

Today, however, we want to tell you about some important changes we’re making to support roles, so you know what to expect.

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New Reports in Mobile Apps

We recently released a new Reports section in our mobile apps, which includes a basic Time Report for all users and a Team Report for Admin users. I’d like to give you a quick explanation of these two reports, plus another small enhancement that comes with these recent updates.

The My Time Report gives you a high level overview of how much time you’re tracking as an individual. It shows where you’re spending your time, whether it’s billable or non-billable, and how much you’ll be able to invoice for that time. This report is similar to the My Time Report in the Harvest web application, only it’s been designed with the mobile user in mind. Important figures stand out, and we took care to make any tabular information fit well on smaller screens. For now, we allow you to choose between five preset timeframes for this report. You can quickly navigate between timeframe periods by swiping left or right on iPhone or using the arrow buttons on Android. In the future, we hope to allow custom timeframes for this report.

The Team Report is based on the new Team section, released late last year. This report will give Administrators an overview of total time spent per week, along with time spent by each individual on their team that week. Similar to the My Time Report, you can easily navigate forward and backward through weeks using the arrow buttons (Android) or by swiping left and right (iPhone).

In addition to the new reports, we’ve also done some work on the backend to make sure the Favorites that you assign are persisted across all three of our apps: iPhone, Android, and Mac! If you track time from several different devices or switch accounts often, you don’t have to worry about that Favorites list disappearing or looking different when you sign in from somewhere new.

Team Tags Are Now Roles in Forecast

Team Tags in Forecast have always been a powerful way to organize your team when scheduling. If you want to see which of your developers has availability next month for a new project, you can simply filter your Team Schedule to just people tagged “Developer”.

Today, we’re shipping a small change that renames Team Tags to Roles. Roles work exactly like Team Tags did yesterday, so you might not even notice!

However, we did take this opportunity to also include a Roles manage page (which you can access from the navigation menu in the top left of Forecast). This page simply lists all roles you’ve created, and allows you to add, remove, or rename any role. You can also add or remove people from any role right from here.

Lastly, if you sync your Forecast account with a Harvest account, we have some news for you: we’re actively working to bring roles to Harvest! Stay tuned for more information on that soon.

If you haven’t used team tags before, we encourage you to try assigning roles to your team and filtering your Team Schedule! It’s a handy way to make scheduling more manageable. As always, if you have any questions, please drop us a line.

Some Great Updates for Stripe Users

We’re excited to tell you about some recent updates our team has implemented for our Stripe integration. As many of you know, Stripe is one of the payment gateways we integrate with here at Harvest. It allows your clients to easily pay your invoices online, making the process of getting paid quickly a breeze. Let’s jump in!

First, we’ve been able to improve data security by changing the way that Harvest talks to Stripe. Without taking you too far “into the weeds,” we no longer store an access token for each Harvest account that is connected to Stripe. This means that we’re storing less sensitive data on our side, making an already secure system even more secure.

Secondly, we’ve fully integrated Stripe’s newly supported currencies. Back when we first built this integration, Stripe had more limits on which currencies could be used and by who. For example, Stripe accounts in Canada could charge in US dollars and Canadian dollars, but they couldn’t charge in British pounds. Today, thanks to Stripe’s expanded currency support, Harvest users can now charge their clients in their native currency in over 135 countries.

We hope that you are as excited as we are about these changes! If you have any questions, be sure to reach out.

Track Time Without Leaving Basecamp 3

One of our goals is to make time tracking painless by bringing it directly into your workflow. We integrate with the tools you use most frequently, so you can track time without interrupting your work. You’re more likely to start a timer—and make sure it’s updated throughout the day—if you see a timer right there in the tool you use to manage your work. For lots of people out there, that tool is Basecamp.

Harvest has had a long-standing integration with Basecamp Classic and Basecamp 2, but we were a little slow integrating with Basecamp 3 (sorry about that!). Well, the wait is over. We’re officially extending our Basecamp integration to Basecamp 3.

How does it work?

If you already have a Harvest account, all you need to do is install the Harvest browser extension for either Chrome or Safari. (Not a Harvest customer? Create a free trial to get started). Continue reading…

Export Scheduled Hours by Month in Forecast

Forecast exports are a great way to take your scheduled hours on-the-go or to calculate various future business metrics. However, while the Forecast schedule view focuses on days and weeks, business metrics are often looked at from a higher level.

Today, we’re excited to introduce a new Monthly format for Forecast exports. The exports are mostly the same, but now hours can be rolled up by month instead of just by week. You can find this option under the new “Time Format” section on the Export form:

We’ve also recently updated the “Timeframe” section, adding quick selection for the most used timeframes. This should greatly speed up your exporting, but you can still select a custom timeframe if you need to. As a bonus, we’ll also remember the options you use the next time you export.

As always, if you have any questions, please drop us a line. Happy scheduling!

New Features You May Have Missed

The past month flew by quickly with the release of our new fixed fee projects. So we wanted to pause to highlight some new summer releases that you might have missed! (And if you haven’t skimmed our blog recently, here are last month’s mini updates too.)

Delete Projects with Tracked Data

Until now, Harvest wouldn’t let you delete projects with tracked time or expenses. That may have been too overprotective. Sometimes you just want to delete dummy projects, or get rid of old data. Now that’s as easy as typing YOLO.

Delete project modal

Save Time When Checking on an Invoice

Now when you search for an invoice, you’ll see your invoice’s status (paid, sent, etc) right in the search menu. This means you don’t have to waste time clicking into the invoice to check if you sent it, or if your client paid. Just search the ID, and you’ll see the status immediately.  Continue reading…

Introducing Fixed Fee Projects

Get ready, today we’re introducing support for fixed fee projects!

We’re rolling out these features gradually, so administrators and project managers, you can expect to see some changes to your account within the next few weeks.

What Is a Fixed Fee Project?

A fixed fee project is any scope of work that you bill at a set price, no matter how long it takes to complete. You may also call these projects flat rate, fixed price, or flat contract.

What’s New?

Harvest has always been great for tracking projects that bill hourly. Our project settings, reports, and invoices are built around these kinds of time and materials projects.

But until now, there just hasn’t been a clear way to track a fixed fee project. Today, we’re introducing three features to better support those fixed fees.

1. Setting Up a Fixed Fee Project

When you create a project, you can now choose if that project is time and materials, fixed fee, or non-billable.

fixed fee project type selector

2. Invoicing a Fixed Fee Project

If you invoice for a fixed fee project from its Analysis page, we’ll automatically pull in your uninvoiced fees. (Previously, we would pull in hours and hourly rates—yikes!).

fixed fee invoice

3. Reporting on a Fixed Fee Project

The Uninvoiced Amount for your fixed fee projects will now be accurate. Previously, it was based on hourly rates. Now, we’ll calculate it by taking your total project fees, and subtracting any invoiced amount.

uninvoiced amount report for fixed fee project

What Happens to My Existing Projects?

When you get access to these new features, all your projects will default to the Time and Materials project type.

But don’t worry, this is simply a label! All your project settings, reports, and invoices will remain unchanged. In fact, you may not even notice any changes to your account.

If you want to change the project’s type, all you need to do is edit the project. Otherwise, you don’t need to do a thing!

You can read more detail about how our new features will affect your account here.

What to Expect Going Forward

We’re happy to introduce these first steps to help track fixed fee projects more accurately and obviously. But we also know some additional features could make these projects even more useful.

There are a few features we’ve purposefully left out so that we could start simply. Over the next few months, however, you can expect us to keep improving fixed fee support.

A Note on the Past, Looking to the Future

If you’ve been with Harvest for a while, you might know that we’ve wanted to support fixed fee projects for…well, a long time. It’s been a winding path getting us to this blog post.

On that path here, we’ve knocked out some blockers—like a new Projects section, and the ability to link a project to an invoice. We released a preliminary set of fixed fee features to a group of beta users, whose generous feedback helped us learn how these projects work. And there have been a few paths we’ve gone down, only to turn around and start again.

That’s why we’re all the happier to be able to bring these features to you today. It’s a start of something we think will lead to a more useful, more powerful Harvest.

If you have any questions, or want to share your ideas to make fixed fee projects better, just let us know!