My work with Studio Hyperset has me on the road quite a bit. And while I love my desktop accounting software, it’s inconvenient to invoice and track hours when I’m away from the office. In the past, I’d keep a spreadsheet record of billable hours and expenses and manually enter this information when I returned home. Occasionally, I was able to establish a working VNC with my desktop machine and generate invoices and log hours and expenses remotely, but, for whatever reason, my connections were infrequent and all-too-often interrupted. (This was doubly true internationally and when using cellular networks.)

While it hasn’t replaced my core accounting software, and I don’t anticipate it doing so anytime soon, I’ve recently begun using Harvest as a sort of ancillary, proxy timesheet system. I can bill, review, and manage time on all my devices — whichever’s closest during the madness of an on-site project or shoot — and import this data into my accounting software as it’s convenient. While I usually don’t, account holders can even use Harvest to bill clients at the end of the month and intivte them to settle invoices using a number of popular payment gateways.

As might be expected, Harvest offers prospective users a free 30-day trial. But at $12 a month for a single user — or $10.80 when one buys a year’s service up-front — it isn’t prohibitively expensive, and I’m certainly able to gain at least $0.35 worth of efficiency a day by using it. Moreover, as SH continues growing, I can upgrade to one of Harvest’s multi-user plans and thereby position SH to track and mange billable W9 and W2 time more accurately and easily than I could have in the past.

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Quimby Melton


Quimby is the founder and president of Studio Hyperset. He started Studio Hyperset in 2006 after studying Transatlantic literature and culture, new media, and humanities computing at the Universities of Georgia (AB, 00) and Nevada, Las Vegas (MA, 03; PhD, 08). He has a background in literary studies, media production, front-end development, and project management. His current primary duties involve helping clients frame solutions that meet their needs; scoping and managing Studio Hyperset's growth strategy and business development pipeline; finding and developing talent; and, most importantly, supporting the SH team.