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30% discount if you upgrade before April 11th.


There comes a time in every web apps life when it´s time to evaluate the business concept of the grand idea. For some companies this evaluation ends with a shut down of the service. But not for us. We have been fortunate, lucky and probably skilled enough to attract a growing user base. With so many people using Yast, we´ve been able to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas of future development.

Why?

From being 5 developers with a vision, we are now entering the world of marketing, distribution, partnering…you name it. It´s exiting, and will make both our company and service even better, but it requires a price increase for new Business/Premium users so we can satisfy distribution channels and partners. But If you don´t already have a Business account, keep reading. There´s a discount for all early adopting Yast Free users.

Business model

It´s also been our concept that people using Yast for professional use should pay and contribute to the development of the service, while those tracking time for personal daily routines would get it for free. Getting this right is about finding the mix of “what is free” and “what is paid” functionality. It turns out we have been pretty good at this, but one feature on the free plan seem to be used by several professionals. The pdf-report for print.

Changes

As a consequence, these changes will take effect from April 11th:

– A price increase for new Yast Business subscribers. If you are already a Yast Business subscriber by April 11th, your price is left untouched.

– All downloadable reports will be a part of the Yast Business plan.

We are web-app users ourselves and know it is bad news when you have to pay for something you used to get for free. But to maintain and keep developing a good service, it is crucial that freelancers/companies contribute by subscribing to a paid plan.

The good news

We would like to give you the opportunity to enter the Yast Business plan when the price is still low, and in addition offer a 30% discount on the current annual payment plan. That is more than 60% off the price after April 11th.

Buy an annual Yast Business licence now for only $49 / €33 per user by logging in and click upgrade. The discount is added in the last step of the purchase sequence.

Yast Business

Yast Business enables you to do advanced reporting from your Yast account. With tags for billable and non-billable hours and multiple users managed from one account, you will be even more productive with your Yast Business account.

We hope you are still with us, and thank you for your time!

The Yast Team

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  • Mark Sanders says:  (@msanders)

    You’re entering the world of marketing, distribution, and partnering. Let me us know if you’d like to hear some cool ideas from a bunch of marketing nerds in San Francisco.

     
  • John says: 

    Will the PDF preview feature still be available as part of the free plan, or do you consider this a downloadable report?

     
    • Halvor Gregusson says: 

      Hi John,

      Yes, the pdf is considered a downloadable report. I´m sorry about that, but it seem to be the feature used by many professionals on the free plan. We´re working on a live view of the report to show for the free plan as well.

       
    • Andy Mc says: 

      Hi, Will the Preview be available as part of the free plan. I know that you responded about the PDF. You have a great product by the way.

       
  • Free user says: 

    You moving in wrong direction with your business concept.

    Anyway there is other similar web services who allow reports in free plan.

    https://www.toggl.com/

     
    • Halvor Gregusson says: 

      Thank you for the input. However, it is important for the service that those using it professionally also pays for it.

      We think that €33 / $49 for an entire year is a good offer, but if you want to leave we are sorry to see you go.

      As for Toggle. A good service indeed. If you really need to switch because of this, then it is worth checking out.

       
  • Brian S says:  (@bri_tri2)

    Guess I am moving to Toggl now. Why a personal user cannot view a summary report of the hours is ridiculous. It’s been real Yast! Adios!

     
    • Halvor Gregusson says: 

      Hi Brian,

      We are working on a live view for the reports to show directly without the preview and pdf-option. This will be available in the free version and give the same overview.

       
  • Egon says: 

    No thank you, I’ll be looking for an alternative.

     
  • Hue says: 

    Give a monkey an apple and it will be happy and love you.

    Give a monkey two apples but take one away it will be angry.

    I am annoyed… but I understand. Now I have two days to do research before I give you my money.. pressure’s on.

     
  • foxumon says:  (@foxumon)

    Will there be any difference between the “live view” and the printable PDF?

    Will free users not be able to live views for specific time frames or projects? Or anything like that?

     
  • DuS says: 

    I would pay the $49 for the service, but unfortunately I found Yast to be rather buggy. I use it for just me and only for side-jobs. Loss of the PDF reports will force me to look elsewhere. I’ll consider coming back when Yast is more stable.

     
  • Tjalling says:  (@tjallingran)

    I understand the thought behind this change, although it’s a pity for students and other non-commercial users.

    However, isn’t it strange that, in order to get the discount, one has to purchase a subscription BEFORE being able to try the new ‘live view’? Right now, it is more or less impossible to make an informed decision before April 11th (or 12th?).

     
  • jmb says: 

    Hello,
    While I understand your rationale,I am a one-person shop and don’t have employees. I don’t think it makes sense to force me to pay for a capability I had for free–also–I keep getting kicked out of your system whenever I try to add some time to the existing projects I already have. I am not trying to create a report or anything. Thanks for the suggestion about Toggl. I just checked it out and it looks reasonable. I think you lost me…

     
  • Eve says: 

    Folks I’ve been a happy user for a while – signed up for the trial so I could test out the paid version and it was going great. Wanted to generate a report and saw all this going on, so I went for the upgrade – it’s still not working and no response to lots of folks on the support board having the same problem.

    I wish you all success but you’re going to need to sort this out, and SOON. Pretty please?

     
  • Bas says: 

    I’m very sorry people of Yast. Yast is a great service and i used it every day. I accepted the bugs end slow loading times cause it was free and very easy to work with. I used the pdf reports very often. I understand it can’t be free for ever. But you ask to much for a to buggy system or to just make PDF reports. You better ask money for multiple users or stuff like that. Like Paymo.biz. I don’t even have problems with ads in the free version. Once again sorry but I’m going to look for alternatives.

     
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  • Jerry Witt says:  (@motioncity)

    I have to say that even at $50 a year, the plan is too expensive for this indie. I’d pay $2 a month and maybe twice that if time tracking were elegantly rolled into an invoicing system.

    I do have a question. If I sign up for the 30 day trial, can I download all my previous data as a csv? I seem to remember when I signed up that Yast was pretty cool about making the user’s data easy to retrieve. Is this the case?

    Thanks!

     
  • Michael says: 

    I agree with many things that have been said. I have found yast extremely useful, and it has made some things much, MUCH easier for me. However, it has been buggy. They’ve normally been very good about fixing things quickly, but there are still times when I can’t see anything on the previous day’s view. In addition, I still see odd / strange week numbers for the “live preview” that’s now available. For $50 a year, per user, we’d need to find something that’s more stable. We’ll see how it goes with the features that are still available for free…

     
  • Eddie says: 

    The last few comments have been a little down in the dumps, so I thought I’d add that even though yes at times things seem to go a little awry, I am happy to pay my yearly fee because in the scheme of things the money is entirely minimal against the ease of use and time I save. Keep it ON lads. You have a good product that I am happy to pay to use (and for you to develop!)

     
  • Brian B says: 

    I’ve paid for a Yast Business account this year, but the reports aren’t working for me. What’s going on?

     
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