I love PayPal (PP), its been such a big part of my business. It’s has gone from the tool I had solely use just to collect payments to being able to invoice and pay certain business expenses. I was super excited when they came out with their own card reader. I’m still waiting for an opportunity to use mines. I know that not everyone love using PP, especially if they don’t have an account also I cannot forget to mention those fees. Although, the fees are minimum, some struggle with whether or not to pass the cost onto your customer or clients. For clients of mines that don’t like PP I have made other arrangements. Now I say all of this because at some point things must change even if it only just a little bit.
Back in January I decided to sign up for the 30-day trial to try out Harvest. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Harvest is an online time tracking tool but I discovered that it way more than that.
Not only can I keep track my time down to the seconds, I can use that data to create invoices to send to clients with whom I work on an hourly basis with. I can also do other types of invoices like I did through PP. Actually the first thing I did once the account was set up was to connect it to my PP account because that’s my prefer payment method. The coolest thing is when someone pays via PP the invoices is automatically marked as paid, just like in PP. This means one less task I do not need to perform. One thing it does do that PP doesn’t, is reminders. How many of us fail to remind clients/customers that they have an invoice that need to be paid. With us handling so many other tasks, somethings need to be automated so we can be more productive.
I am loving all of the data it creates for me. For example I can tell how long it take for someone to pay an invoice. It seems to me that Harvest was build with a team in mind but Small Business parties of one (aka Soloprenuers) can also benefit from using it. Now let get to the part you really what to hear about – the price. As I mention you can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Their first plan is an forever free account. You can manage 2 Projects, 4 Clients, but only with one user. That great if your business consider of 2 clients and 2 on-going projects. That’s wasn’t for me, so I decided to get a paid account. I didn’t need their Basic ($49/month) or Business ($99/mo) plans because I am just a party of one. Even if I choose to expand I don’t see myself being a team of 5 (or would having that many people accessing the financial information of the business). So the Solo plan it was. For just $12/month I get unlimited clients, projects, and invoicing.
I know what you are thinking. PayPal is free, so why switch. I needed something more. There are other tools that do the same things such as Freshbooks but Harvest gave me what I needed at an price I could love. I can integrate it with other online tools I use, access it on the go with either my phone or tablet. I don’t see it as paying for invoicing but for the time tracking. The amount of work and time I spend on each design job or request is a lot higher than the prices I was charging. I have made getting paid my worth one of my business goals this year.
Since I start my own business, I been using several different tools and when I come across one that I absolutely love I stick with it. Harvest is one of those tools I know I will be using for a while. In my opinion it’s definitely worth paying for.