FreshBooks vs. Harvest – (Which Is Better?)

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FreshBooks and Harvest are accounting tools that help small business owners manage their finances. They both offer a wide range of similar services, hence the question “Which is better?”

To answer that, let’s compare both. We will base our comparisons on personal use and honest reviews from real-time users on G2 and Trustpilot.

If you feel financial recording should be easy and fast, yet professional, FreshBooks and Harvest are accounting and bookkeeping software solutions to try. But you need to know which suits your business needs, and this review will help with that.

First, we will review their services individually and then compare them to see where they surpass each other.

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61% of users who reviewed FreshBooks on Trustpilot rate it as an “excellent” accounting tool, while 17% consider it “great”!

It even has higher stats on G2, formerly known as G2Crowd. About 75% of users who reviewed it gave it a 5-star while 19% gave it a 4-star review.

One marketing and communications consultant who reviewed the software on G2 described it as “the best for small service industry professionals.”


FreshBooks Upsides


FreshBooks Downsides

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If you need to manage your time and team more than managing your finances, Harvest is more of the accounting software you need.

In addition to that, it offers expense tracking, project management, scheduling, and invoicing. 56% of users who reviewed Harvest on G2 gave it a 5-star, while about 37% gave it a 4-star review.


Harvest Upsides

You’ll know what each employee is working on, how much time they have spent on it, and if their work produces any return. You can also find out who makes the most money for you and who needs more support.

Project Management Feature – Since each project has a budgeted number of hours, you can see how much time you have spent on it and how much time is left so you can keep your client informed about the progress of their job.

Having access to this data helps you show your client the cost breakdown for each task performed for the project. For example, if you are a writer, you can show how much time you spent on research, writing, and editing and the billable amount under each task.

Such data can help you discover what you spend most of your billable time on and how you need to improve.

Integration with Other Apps – It easily integrates with Asana, Google Suites, Google Calendar, Jira, Trello, GitHub, QuickBooks, Xero, Basecamp, Slack, and Teams, amongst many others.

Like one product consultant said, it is an impressive tool because “it’s easy to add users, projects, clients, and tasks.”

We can thus say that Harvest is that tool that accounts for the work you do and the money you make and spend.


Harvest Downsides

Most users on G2, though, have the same thing to say when asked what they dislike about harvest. “Nothing really,” “very little,” or “It does exactly what it needs to do” are typical comments.

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FreshBooks vs. Harvest

Now that we have an overview of each software, its upsides, and downsides, let’s compare them.


Invoicing and Direct Payments:

FreshBooks surpasses Harvest in this aspect. On FreshBooks, you can customize your invoices and accept payments directly via several available gateways like PayPal, something you can’t do on Harvest.

FreshBooks also offers recurring payments, which Harvest does not.


Reports Generation:

Though both software provides reporting features, FreshBooks collates this without prompt.  In contrast, you have to manually run it on Harvest.


User Experience:

At the moment, Harvest has a user interface that looks a bit outdated but is easier to use. There are lesser bugs, and processes are much easier to complete seamlessly.



Harvest is more affordable than FreshBooks, especially if you are going solo. It might become a little more expensive when you add users.


Time Tracking:

Hands down, Harvest has better features in this category.


Team and Project Management:

We can call it a tie for this category. Both FreshBooks and Harvest are excellent at team and project management.


Wrap Up

At the moment, it’s pretty easy to tell that Harvest is leading FreshBooks by a bit on this review. If you need time-tracking, Harvest is the better accounting tool for you.

But, FreshBooks is the right tool for you if you need aesthetically pleasing invoices. We hope FreshBooks fixes its new UI, then we can revisit this review.

Rafal Reyzer

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