Payroll · Corporate benefits

What is the best payroll service for under 5 employees?

Jasmine Alexander

May 4th, 2015

Just hired my first employee! Do you have any recommendations for the easiest, cheapest payroll service/tool for a company with less than 5 employees?

Jenda Michl Owner at Vertu Studio and Founder of UndergroundArchitecture

May 4th, 2015

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Jonathan Heyne Co-founder & CEO at Mentive

May 4th, 2015

Definitely look into zenpayroll.

Vivek Ghai Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO Panacea Infotect I Startup Enthusiast I Outsourcing

May 4th, 2015

You can try or

You can also think of using ADP and later outsource complete Payroll to ADP, they are good and quite reasonable in pricing. 

Eric Rosenberg FinTech CEO - Self-Employed Freelance Finance Writer

May 4th, 2015

I like Justworks, but the cheapest is doing it yourself from QuickBooks desktop.

Scott Milburn Entrepreneurial Senior Executive and Attorney

May 4th, 2015

ADP is not an ideal choice for such a small company. Paychex is better for sub 20 employees. Even better for your size is BBSI,, which provides great service for even one employee. BBSI will start with payroll, and you can add HR management, a full suite of benefits, and workers comp as needed. You can contact Carol Ann Witschi, Carolann.witschi at

Chris Pallé

May 4th, 2015

As others have mentioned, a PEO (Insperity, ADP, etc) can do more than just payroll. There is a PEO comparison service that will do a complete workup for your business' particulars:

(disclaimer: we've done work for them)

Hope that helps!

Gwen Farrell Certified Business Performance Advisor at Insperity; Business Developer; Revenue Generation; Employee Productivity

May 4th, 2015

Insperity offers PEO services for companies with as few as five (5) employees.  Insperity also offers traditional payroll services for companies with as few as one (1) employee.

David Johnson CEO

May 4th, 2015

We have had too many problems with upstart payroll providers.  We recommend ADP or Paychex.

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