Compare Small Business Payroll Options

How to Choose a Payroll Service For Your Business

There are many ways to handle small business payroll. The most common payroll methods are DIY Payroll, online payroll services, or an accountant or bookkeeper. Because each business is unique, one payroll option may be better than the other. Below we explain what you need to know about these options, questions to ask when choosing a payroll provider, and how SurePayroll ranks among other online payroll services.

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DIY Payroll

According to our report, The Hidden Impact of Payroll, 42% of small business owners are using DIY methods for handling payroll. Additionally, 24% of small business owners are spending four or more hours per week on payroll. For businesses with a weekly payroll schedule, this can add up to over 16 hours per month. While this is a common method, you can see it’s also time-consuming because not only are you spending time on payroll, but you also need to research tax laws at the federal, state and local levels. Due to those complexities, payroll mistakes are common, and while some mistakes have simple fixes, others can be costly to resolve or land you in hot water with the government. Our survey found that 32% of small business owners have made a mistake on payroll, with the majority stating they underpaid an employee.

How to Choose an Online Payroll Service For Your Business

Today there are plenty of options for online payroll services, and they are going to vary based on what your small business needs. Some services are better for larger small businesses with 10+ employees, while others only require help with two employees. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of set-up fees, contracts, product features, customer service options, and more. To help with your search, we’ve put together a 5 Questions to Ask a Payroll Provider checklist.

SurePayroll specializes in small business payroll for business owners who have less than 10 employees. 

SurePayroll Plans

We understand that small business owners have different needs with payroll and taxes which is why we have two plans: full-service and self-service. For a deeper dive on our full-service and self-service payroll options, check out our Compare SurePayroll Services page.

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Compare Payroll Services

Self-Service

Run unlimited payrolls, handle
tax filing yourself.

Full Service

Full service payroll,
including tax filing.

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Multiple pay rates & bonuses checkmark checkmark
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Direct deposit checkmark checkmark
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2-day payroll processing Upgrade from 4-day: $7.99/mo. checkmark
HR Advisor $9.99/mo. checkmark
Accounting software integration $4.99/payroll
Local tax filing handled $9.99/mo.
StratusTime integrated timeclock $5 per month + $3/EE per month
Integrate your timeclock software $9.99/mo.
Self-Service

Run unlimited payrolls, handle
tax filing yourself.

Payroll taxes calculated checkmark
Live help including evenings & weekends checkmark
Unlimited payroll runs checkmark
Multiple pay rates & bonuses checkmark
Cruise control with AutoPayroll checkmark
New hire reporting done for you checkmark
Direct deposit checkmark
Online pay stubs checkmark
4-day payroll processing Upgrade to 2-day: $7.99/mo.
HR Advisor $9.99/mo.
Accounting software integration $4.99/mo.
StratusTime integrated timeclock $5 per month + $3/EE per month
Integrate your timeclock software $9.99/mo.


Full Service

Full service payroll,
including tax filing.

Payroll taxes calculated, paid, and filed checkmark
Live help including evenings & weekends checkmark
No IRS penalties - guaranteed checkmark
Unlimited payroll runs checkmark
Multiple pay rates & bonuses checkmark
Cruise control with AutoPayroll checkmark
New hire reporting done for you checkmark
Direct deposit checkmark
Online pay stubs checkmark
2-day payroll processing checkmark
HR Advisor checkmark
Accounting software integration $4.99/mo.
Local tax filing handled $9.99/mo.
StratusTime integrated timeclock $5 per month + $3/EE per month
Integrate your timeclock software $9.99/mo.

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