Harvest alternative | Timely

Timely’s simple automated approach makes it the definitive Harvest alternative.
Trade manual timer frustration for accurate, effortless time tracking.
“I’ve been using Harvest for over five years, and as I’ve taken on responsibilities it has become more difficult to accurately track my time to billable projects.”
— Cullen via Typeform

An alternative to Harvest’s manual timers

Feel Cullen’s pain? You’re not alone. Almost every time tracking app currently on the market shares Harvest’s essential design error: manual timer input.

Constantly starting and stopping timers is an unnatural and inefficient way to track time — particularly if you regularly hop between projects or responsibilities. It also leaves you extremely vulnerable to expensive inaccuracies. Even if you remember to log your hours every day, studies show that timesheets that rely on manual input are only ever 67% accurate.

In this context, Harvest’s broad feature set and free plan matter relatively little. Ultimately, a robust time tracking solution should satisfy a very basic purpose: capturing hours as accurately and as easily as possible.

Bringing automatic time tracking to QuickBooks

Our QuickBooks integration lets you draft accurate invoices for all unbilled
work in Timely with a click and send them directly to QuickBooks Online.
Import all of your Toggl projects, users, clients and tags to Timely in a matter of seconds.

How to make the switch
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What makes Timely the best Harvest alternative?

Offering automatic time tracking, Timely is quite a step up from Harvest’s heavily manual functionality. Instead of making you consciously track time on every task and plug in notes, Timely captures everything you work on down to the second! Here are a few reasons why Harvest users switch to Timely.

Bill accurately for all work

Timely automatically captures the time you spend on every piece of work in the background for you. No guesstimates, overlooked billable hours, or struggling to remember what you worked on. By producing a flawless timeline of your work day, Timely ensures every billable detail actually makes it to your timesheet.

Save hours on time tracking

By tracking time automatically for you, Timely reduces weekly timesheet admin from 2 hours to 10 minutes. Just drag and drop tracked activities to your timesheet to log them, or click to approve time entries drafted by Timely’s AI. The whole ideas is to help you focus fully on your work without being interrupted by manual timers.

Manage and report effortlessly

Timely makes it easy to translate masses of granular time data into accessible, professional reports for clients and stakeholders. Its real-time dashboards keep you on top of critical business information, including project budget spend, billable percentage, overtime and employee capacity.

Work anywhere

Timely is ready for wherever work takes you. With apps available on Mac, Windows, iOS and Android in addition to the web, you can move seamlessly between your laptop, phone and tablet. Our secure GPS location app also lets you automatically track the time you spend at different locations from your mobile — ideal for capturing travel, meetings, site visits and events, and logging time on the go.

G2 users love Timely

Teams of all shape and sizes upgrade their time tracking with Timely to effortlessly capture and manage their time. But don't just take our word for it — independent G2 users rate Timely higher than Harvest in almost every performance category.
Compare Timely and Harvest on G2

Timely trumps Harvest on these features:

  • Ease of completing timesheets
  • Performance and reliability
  • Billable time rate management
  • Tracking time to projects/tasks
  • Project accounting/revenue recognition
  • Integrations
  • Reporting

Timely is rated higher overall for:

  • Ease of use
  • Ease of setup
  • Ease of admin
  • Quality of support
  • Ease of doing business
  • Product direction
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2
Timely is a leader in Time Tracking on G2

Timely’s top features

Automatic Time Tracking

  • Automatic activity timeline
  • Automatic timesheets
  • Automatic reminders
  • GPS location tracking
  • Native integrations

Effortless reporting

  • Dynamic chart builder
  • Live client dashboards
  • CSV, XLS, PDF export
  • Project dashboards
  • Budget tracking
  • Flexible tags

Accounting and billing

  • Invoice integration
  • Hourly rates
  • Billable/Unbilled hours
  • Mark hours as "Billed"
  • Time entry history

Real-time visibility

  • People dashboard
  • Overtime
  • Individual capacity
  • Activity overview
  • Planning

10 minutes

Time spent on timesheets/week

< 5 minutes

Time taken to onboard users


Time tracking compliance

What past Harvest users make of Timely

"For the first time ever, I logged as many billable hours as one of our highest producers at the agency. This tool paid for itself in a single day. The two week trial was fantastic, and when I saw the trial was expired, my boss could not have pulled out her credit card any faster."
Erika via Typeform
“Innovative web app you'll want to try if Harvest (and other time clocks) leaves you wondering which tasks and activities you didn't bill to your clients.”
— Mark via Typeform
“For us, Harvest and Toggl were either too bloated or missed important functionality. Timely just fit perfectly into our existing workflows. New employees in our studio are literally up and running in less than five minutes and it’s proven to be able to scale with us as we grow.”
— Vince
“A fabulous time-tracking app that makes it super easy to track your time using their nifty automatic Memory app. And they're super friendly and affordable, too.”
— Melissa via Typeform

Timely is trusted by over 5,000+ businesses worldwide

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