Creating a project in Harvest is one of the first steps to getting started. After you set up a project, you’ll be able to track time to your projects and invoice for them.

Administrators can add projects for all clients, and project managers can add projects if they’re given permission via the Team section.

Creating a Project

  1. Go to your Projects section.
  2. Click the New Project button in the top left. New Project Button
  3. Assign a Client from the drop-down menu, or create a new client.
    • The client is the person or company for whom you’re completing this work. You can add and edit clients and their contact info under Manage > Clients.
  4. Name your project. You can also add a Project Code if you’d like.
  5. Enter the project’s start and end dates. These have no effect on your ability to track time, and you can always change them later if need be.
  6. Enter project Notes if you need them. You can control who sees these notes by editing your Preferences in Settings (upper right corner).
  7. Select a Project Type: Time & Materials, Fixed Fee, or Non-Billable. You can learn more about project types here
    • Depending on which project type you choose, you’ll have the option to set a budget (Time & Materials and Non-Billable projects), billing method (Time & Materials projects), and project fees (Fixed Fee projects).
    • For any project with a budget, make sure you enter your budget amount. You can also choose to send email alerts to your employees if your budget reaches a certain percentage of completion. Project managers always receive budget emails. Administrators on the project only receive budget emails if no one is designated as a project manager.
  8. In the Permissions section, you can choose to Show project report to project managers on this project, and administrators, limiting visibility, or you can open it up to everyone on the team. If you open it up to everyone, regular users on the project will be able to see the total hours for the project and how that compares to the budget. They won’t see any billable amounts or costs, though! Here’s how it breaks down: Permissions
  9. Add tasks to the project. Don’t forget to mark them as billable (and enter rates) or non-billable!
  10. Add people to the project.
    • People must be added to the Harvest account before you can assign them to projects. Add people to your account from the Team section of Harvest or, if you’re still in the trial period, by clicking the invite more people link below the Team list on the create/edit project form.
  11. Save your project, and you’ll see it in your Projects section.

Duplicating a Project

Duplicating Active Projects

Need to quickly create a project that has settings similar to one of your other projects? Simply duplicate that project! If it’s active:

  1. Go to Projects and make sure the filter is set to view active projects.
  2. Click the Actions menu that appears to the right of a project listing.
  3. Select Duplicate. Duplicate Button

Duplicating Archived Projects

You can duplicate an archived project, too!

  1. Go to Projects and filter to archived projects.
  2. Click on a project’s name, and you’ll be dropped into the project’s Analysis page.
  3. Click the Duplicate button in the top right.