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Do I Need Payroll Software for My Small Business?

by Tim AustinMay 24, 2018 8:00 AM

Let’s be honest; what business owner looks forward to managing payroll? While payday may be exciting for your employees, it’s likely that you’re not thrilled about having to put together payroll reports, track deductions, and oversee every other critical aspect of payroll administration, especially if you do everything by paper. 

For some small business owners, payroll administration is just a necessary part of business life and the business isn’t big enough to justify its own HR department. While payroll administration is necessary, it doesn’t have to be a big burden. Online payroll software can give you the tools to take some of the pain out of payday preparation. Here are a few questions you should consider when evaluating your payroll management process.

Small business owner using online payroll software. 

Do You Spend Too Much Time on Payroll Administration?

Payroll management takes time. A survey conducted by the National Small Business Association found that more than half of owners who handled payroll internally spent at least three to five hours per month on the administration of payroll taxes alone. That time doesn’t even include other key payroll functions like processing paychecks, keeping records, and answering questions from employees. 

Five hours per month may not sound like a lot, but it adds up to 60 hours of payroll administration per year. That’s more than a full work week of time solely dedicated on payroll, and that’s if you only spend five hours per month. Depending on your situation, you could easily spend more time to try and keep your business compliant with payroll tax requirements. If you cut down the time you had to spend on payroll administration, it would free you up to focus on other key projects that can help you grow your business (or even take a well-deserved break every now and then).

Are You Afraid of Payroll Taxes?

It’s important to spend time to make sure your payroll is managed correctly, as noncompliance can be costly. According to the Federal Register, the Department of Labor increased the penalties for payroll tax violations effective Jan. 13, 2017, making penalties even more expensive now than they were in the past. 

When you aren’t a trained payroll professional, mistakes can happen even if you spend more time on payroll tax management. A miscalculation or missing piece of information is all it takes to incur a penalty. Payroll software allows you to easily keep track of deductions online without having to shuffle through old sheets of paper to determine if you did everything right.

Is Your Business Growing?

Even if you have a handle on your business’ payroll now, that may not be the case in the future. The more employees you add, the more work will be necessary to complete payroll. If you handle payroll offline, that means more storage space for documents, more potential for mistakes, and more strain on your schedule. 

Just because your business grows doesn’t mean that your already-hefty workload needs to get bigger. Online payroll allows you to manage everything from any location as long as you have an internet connection. Thanks to the ability to complete payroll in a fraction of the time, you can add more employees without worrying nearly as much about how much longer it’ll take you to handle payroll administration each month.

Online Payroll for Small Businesses

Small business owners wear many hats, but you don’t have to be on your own when it comes to payroll management. Outsourcing payroll administration to a Professional Employer Organization allows you to lessen your workload while gaining the benefits of online payroll services. Not only does this mean you can make the move to online payroll, but you also have access to a dedicated payroll specialist who can provide you with help when you need it.

Considering investing in online payroll software? Contact GMS today to talk to one of our experts about how payroll software can help you and your business.

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