Team permissions

Team permissions in Harvest let you choose what different team members are allowed to do and access in your account. There are three different levels of permissions: Member, Manager, and Administrator.

To view your own permissions:

  1. Click your name at the top right corner of your Harvest account.
  2. Select My profile.
  3. Choose the Permissions tab on the left. Your permissions level will show as selected with a white dot in the middle of the circle. 

To view or change a team member’s permissions:

  1. Head to Team.
    • Only Administrators and Managers with assigned people have access to Team.
  2. Click the Actions dropdown to the right of the relevant team member, then select Edit.
  3. Go to the Permissions tab on the left.
    • Only Administrators can change a person's permissions.
  4. If you make any changes, click Update permissions.

This table compares what a person with each permission can do in your account. You can find more detail on each permission level below the table. 

  Member Manager Administrator
Time and expenses
Track time and expenses to assigned projects Yes Yes Yes
Report on own time and expenses Yes Yes Yes
Report on others’ time and expenses No Only for projects they manage and/or their assigned people Yes
Approve time and expenses No Only for projects they manage and/or their assigned people Yes
Edit others’ time and expenses No Only with additional permission and for projects they manage and/or their assigned people Yes
Clients, projects, and tasks
Create and edit clients and tasks No Only with additional permission Yes
Create projects No Only with additional permission Yes
Edit projects No Only with additional permission and only projects they manage Yes
Assign people to projects No Only to projects they manage Yes
View project reports Only assigned projects shown to everybody Only projects they manage or assigned projects shown to everybody Yes
See billable rates and amounts No Only with additional permission and for projects they manage and/or their assigned people  Yes
See cost rates and amounts No No Yes
Invoices and estimates
Create invoices No Only with additional permission and for projects they manage Yes
Manage invoices No Only with additional permission and for projects they manage Yes
Send invoices No Only with additional permission and for projects they manage Yes
Create, send, and manage estimates No Only with additional permission Yes
Account management

Add people

No No Yes

Edit people

No Only some details for their assigned people Yes
Manage account settings No No Yes
Upgrade and update billing information No No Yes
Close the account No No Only the Account Owner

Member permissions

This base-level permission is perfect for any team members who only need to track and report on their own time and expenses. Members can track only to projects they’re assigned to. They can never see any fees, rates, or other monetary amounts.

Members can only see certain projects in their Projects section: those they’re assigned to that are set to show the project report to everyone on the project. Other projects won’t be listed there even if the Member can track time and expenses to them. 

Note: If you set a Member as the manager of a project, their team permissions will change to Manager. You can see more about Manager permissions below.

Manager permissions

This mid-level permission is perfect for team members who are in charge of keeping your projects on track or who manage others. Managers can track time and expenses to projects they’re assigned to, and they can also manage projects and report on and approve time and expenses for projects they manage and their assigned people.

Managing projects

You can choose who manages a project when creating or editing a project or in a person's user profile. All Managers of a project can:

  • View the full report for the project. They can see all time and expenses tracked by other team members to the project, as well as how that compares to an hourly budget.
  • Approve hours and expenses tracked to that project by any team member (if approval functionality is enabled in the account).

New! Assigned people

You can also make people assignments for Managers. Administrators can assign people to a Manager by heading Team and clicking Actions > Edit next to the appropriate Manager.  Then start assigning people in the Assigned people tab on the left. 

All Managers with assigned people can:

  • Report on and approve time and expenses for their assigned people.
  • View their assigned people's progress from Team.
  • Edit some basic information in the user profiles of their assigned people (first name, last name, timezone). 
  • Resend the invitation to join the Harvest account to their assigned people. 

Managers can only see certain projects in their Projects section: those they manage, and those they’re assigned to that are set to show the project report to everyone on the project. Other projects won’t be listed there, even if the Manager or one of their assigned people can track time and expenses to them.

Managers can also be given additional, optional permissions:

Updated! Optional: Create projects for any client, and edit projects they manage

Managers with this permission can create projects for all clients in the account and they can edit projects they're assigned to manage. When setting up a new project, they can’t see or edit a fee-based budget, the hourly rate type, project fees, or the billable rates unless given the See and edit billable rates and amounts permission (see below).  They also won't be able to create new clients or tasks via the create project form unless they've been given special permission to Create and edit clients and tasks (see below). 

New! Optional: Create and edit all clients and tasks on the account 

Managers with permission to create and edit clients and tasks can access Manage > Tasks and Manage > Clients. Only Managers with the See and edit billable rates and amounts permission (see below) will be able to view and edit billable rates for tasks. 

New! Optional: Create and edit time and expenses for people and projects they manage

Managers with permission to edit time will be able to view and edit time tracked by people on projects they manage and/or time tracked by their assigned people.  If your account has the Expenses module on, these Managers will also be able to view and edit expenses tracked by people on projects they manage, or by their assigned people.

Updated! Optional: See and edit billable rates and amounts for projects and people they manage

Managers with this permission can see and edit fee-based budgets, hourly rate types, project fees, and billable rates on all projects they manage. They can also see and edit the billable rate for their assigned people.  If they have permission to Create and edit clients and tasks, they can create/edit task rates via the Manage > Tasks section. 

Updated! Optional: Create and edit draft invoices for projects they manage 

Managers with permission to create invoices can create and edit draft invoices for projects they manage. Note that by enabling this invoicing permission for Managers that they'll be automatically opted in to see and edit billable rates and amounts for projects and people they manage.

They’ll have access to Invoices > Overview and Invoices > Recurring, but not to Invoices > Report, Retainer, or Configure. With this permission, they can:

  • View invoices, only for projects they manage. This may include invoices created by other teammates.
  • Create invoices, only for projects they manage.
  • Edit draft invoices, only for projects they manage. If the invoice is no longer a draft (it's been sent, paid, written off, etc), the Manager can view it, but cannot edit it.
  • Save PDFs of invoices for projects they manage.
  • Print invoices for projects they manage.
  • Duplicate invoices for projects they manage, including non-draft invoices.
  • Create recurring invoice templates. Note that they cannot set up a recurring invoice to be sent automatically, which is restricted to Administrators.

New! Optional: Can send invoices and manage non-draft invoices for projects they manage

Managers opted-in to fully manage invoices for projects they manage will automatically be opted in to these other permissions:

  • Create and edit draft invoices for projects they manage
  • See and edit billable rates and amounts for projects and people they manage

Managers with this invoice permission enabled will be able to do everything in the previous section. Additionally, they will be able to do the following things for invoices linked to projects they manage (not for all invoices): 

  • Edit invoices, including after they've been sent
  • Send invoices to clients, and mark invoices as sent
  • Delete invoices
  • Record payments to and remove payments from invoices
  • Mark sent invoices as drafts
  • Write off sent invoices
  • Set up individual invoice reminders for sent invoices
  • Send thank-you messages to an invoice’s client

New! Optional: Create and and edit all estimates on the account

Managers with permission to create and edit estimates can access Estimates > Overview to create, send, and edit estimates.  Note that by enabling the estimates permission for Managers that they'll be automatically opted in to view and edit billable rates. 

What Managers can never do

Since Managers have many optional permissions, it could be helpful to know what a Manager can never do:

  • See other people’s time and expenses outside of projects they manage and/or their assigned people
  • See cost rates and amounts
  • Manage account settings
  • Close the account
  • Invite people to join the account
  • Withdraw approval of timesheets for others
  • Edit locked time and expenses

Administrator permissions

Administrators have the highest level of permissions and can see and edit almost everything in the account (only the Account Owner can close the account or put it on hold). This includes managing all projects and clients, adding and managing team members, approving and editing all time and expenses, invoicing clients, seeing and editing both billable and cost rates, updating account preferences and billing, and everything else.

While an Administrator can see all project reports, they can still only track time to projects they’re assigned to. Also, if you’re an Administrator who isn’t seeing every section of Harvest, make sure you’ve enabled all modules.

The Account Owner

Each account has one Administrator who’s designated as the Account Owner. This is often the person who first opened the account, but the current Account Owner can transfer ownership to another Administrator in your account settings. In addition to the standard Administrator permissions, the Account Owner is the only person who can close the account or put it on hold, and other Administrators can’t edit the Account Owner’s email address.

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