Finding software can be overwhelming. We've helped thousands of small businesses choose the right payroll software so they can calculate wages and make sure workers are paid on time.

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Zenefits

Zenefits is a cloud-based human resources information system (HRIS) that features user dashboards, core human resources, benefits administration, onboarding and employee scheduling. When new employees are hired, HR professionals using... Read more

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RUN powered by ADP

RUN, powered by ADP, is a web-based payroll solution designed for small businesses. The solution can be deployed on either iPhones, iPads or on any touchscreen device. RUN can integrate with multiple third-party accounting software... Read more

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Paycor Perform

Paycor’s Perform is an integrated cloud-based software suite that offers functionality to encompasses the entire employee lifecycle - from recruiting and onboarding to time and attendance management. Collectively, the solution offers... Read more

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Patriot Payroll

Patriot Payroll from Patriot Software is an integrated human resource (HR) and payroll management solution that helps to streamline the different processes associated with managing payroll payments and tax submissions. The solution... Read more

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APS

APS (Automatic Payroll Systems, Inc.) APS delivers cloud-based tools for managing core human resources (HR), payroll, attendance, hiring, and ACA compliance. Once employee information is entered, it is immediately available across... Read more

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Viventium

Viventium is a cloud-based payroll and human resources (HR) solution for small to mid-size businesses. Key features include payroll, HR, talent acquisition, ACA tracking, business intelligence, and time and attendance. A mobile Employee... Read more

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Netchex

Netchex is a cloud-based human resource (HR) and payroll management solution designed for midsize and large enterprises. Key features include recruiting and onboarding management, payroll management, tax compliance, time and attendance... Read more

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Emplloy

Emplloy is a cloud-based human resources (HR) and payroll management solution that manages processes associated with compliance documentation, payroll processing and tax submissions. Key features include customizable reports, employee... Read more

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iManage by Corporate Business Solutions

iManage by Corporate Business Solutions is a cloud-based HR solution that caters to midsize and large businesses and helps them to manage their HR practices payroll processing routines. It helps managers handle the labor-intensive... Read more

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Triton HR

Triton HR offers small to midsize companies a cloud-based human resources (HR) solution that integrates payroll services, employee benefits and core HR applications into a single system. The system can be configured to support a wide... Read more

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TeamPay by ADP™

TeamPay by ADP is a payroll solution designed for Canadian small business owners. The solution is cloud-based, protected by double-layer authentication, and allows users to access systems from multiple devices through a secure system. TeamPay... Read more

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SurePayroll

SurePayroll by Paychex is a cloud-based payroll service for small businesses. It offers resources for tax form completion and legal compliance, payroll calculation, direct deposits and more. SurePayroll has partnered with various... Read more

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Gusto

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll) is a fully featured payroll, benefits administration and compliance management platform. Designed to serve mainly small businesses across the United States, Gusto provides tools to manage core HR needs such... Read more

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Paychex Flex

Paychex Flex is a modular, web-based human capital management solution designed to meet the needs of employers of any size and industry. With a single login, users can access recruiting and applicant tracking (ATS), onboarding, HRIS,... Read more

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Hubstaff

Hubstaff is comprehensive time tracking and work management software for remote project teams. In addition to providing web, mobile and desktop timers, Hubstaff lets business owners send invoices, pay team members, view over 13 detailed... Read more

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Square Payroll

Square Payroll is a full-service payroll solution that helps small businesses pay employees and handle payroll taxes. It can be integrated with a variety of payment processing and employee management systems. Square Payroll offers... Read more

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Ceridian Dayforce

Ceridian Dayforce is a global human capital management (HCM) platform. It unifies data from across the entire employee lifecycle. Ceridian Dayforce is a comprehensive cloud platform that combines HR, payroll, benefits, workforce management,... Read more

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BrightPay

BrightPay is an on-premise payroll solution built for small businesses in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Features include flexible payment schedules, customisable additions and deductions and automated HMRC payments, among others. The... Read more

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Calamari

Calamari is a cloud-based human resources solution that offers two best-of-breed modules: leave management and clock in or out services. The software is suitable for small to midsize businesses in any industry and offers Android and... Read more

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Paylocity

Paylocity is a web-based human resources (HR) software solution suited to businesses of any size, across a variety of industries. Key features of this platform include payroll, core HR, benefits administration, time and labor and talent... Read more

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Buyer's guide


Last Updated: March 12, 2019

If you work for a small business, you’ve probably tried processing payroll manually. At first, it may seem simple—but small-business owners quickly find there’s much more to payroll than just writing checks. That’s where payroll software comes in: It helps simplify and streamline your in-house payroll processing.

There are a number of vendors that provide payroll software tailored specifically to the needs of small businesses. This guide will give you a head start on choosing the right system. We’ll cover:

What Is Small-Business Payroll Software?
Common Applications of Small-Business Payroll Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Small-Business Payroll Software?

This type of software is designed to help small-business users process payroll in house. It often includes modules for time tracking, tax filing and benefits administration. Small-business payroll software automates data entry and tedious processes that users would otherwise have to do manually, saving both time and labor costs.

There are many different solutions out there. Larger companies might need deeper functionality for managing human resources in multiple locations or tools for complex reporting as part of their payroll system. But small businesses typically need software with more basic capabilities, such as compensation, time tracking and tax filing.

Common Applications of Small-Business Payroll Software

These systems often come with some or all of the following core capabilities:

Compensation Found in every system, this application automates payroll processing. Users assign pay rates to employees, and employee hours are entered directly or imported. The system then automatically calculates wages and generates paychecks. Direct deposit options are usually offered, and bonuses, commissions, overtime and tips can be added.
Time and attendance Time clock functionality allows employees to clock in and out. Administrators can also track employee attendance.
Tax filing Automatically prepares, files and pays state and federal taxes. Alternatively, provides tax calculations and/or documents for users to prepare and file manually.
Insurance and benefits Some systems have functionality for insurance and benefits administration. This allows users to enroll employees in insurance benefits and manage benefit elections. Paid time off can also typically be accrued and tracked.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

While there are many different solutions out there targeting smaller companies, not all small businesses are created equal. Consider what your requirements are as you begin researching products:

Basic payroll needs. If you are just looking for a basic solution to streamline payroll processing, consider entry-level, affordable products with more limited functionality (e.g., Patriot PAY).

More robust workforce management. Perhaps you need a payroll system that also offers more robust tools, such as tax compliance and filing, insurance and benefits administration and employee management. There are vendors that offer greater functionality at affordable prices, such as Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll) and Wagepoint.

Payroll and HR for growing businesses. If your business is growing and you know you may need to scale up to a full HR suite, consider a vendor that offers tiered packages. These let you easily upgrade without having to learn a whole new system. An example of this type of system is RUN Powered by ADP.

Benefits of Small-Business Payroll Software

There are many benefits of choosing small-business payroll software over manual payroll processing. These include:

Automation of tedious processes. First and foremost, you’ll save time once spent cutting checks and filing taxes. This software automates these processes so you have more time to spend building your business.

Reduced labor costs. You’ll also save money by cutting down on labor costs associated with payroll processing. For some companies, small-business payroll software can even eliminate the need for a full-time payroll employee.

Greater accuracy and lower risks. In addition to saving time and cutting costs, a good payroll system will increase accuracy and decrease risk. Automated payroll processing eliminates the possibility of human error. The software will also remind you of important deadlines, so the risk of incurring penalties decreases significantly.

Integration with existing software. Many small-business payroll systems integrate with other HR and accounting software your business may already be using. This can streamline operations and reduce errors even further.

Market Trends to Understand

Here are a few trends to be aware of as you search for new software in this market:

Cloud-based software. Most of today’s small-business payroll solutions are deployed in the cloud. Since users log into the software from their Internet-connected device, cloud-based systems can be accessed from anywhere.

With traditional on-premise systems, businesses had to buy updated software each year to keep up with changing tax laws. Now, cloud vendors simply update their products as laws change, and the changes are reflected in users’ systems automatically—with no need to buy anything new.

Mobile accessibility. As cloud-based software has become more popular, so too has mobile access to payroll systems. Many vendors now offer native mobile apps for smartphones and tablets, which provide a seamless on-the-go experience.

Some vendors offer employee self-service mobile apps, as well. These allow workers to access their own salary and benefits information remotely. Look for this trend to continue in the future.