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Small business payroll that’s fast, smart and easy

Get back to business with all-in-one payroll

Running payroll shouldn’t feel like a chore. That’s why ADP delivers all the payroll and HR tools you need in one easy-to-use platform. Backed by industry-leading technology and always-on support, paying your people is easier (and more enjoyable) than ever before.

  • Automated payroll and tax filing
  • Built-in state and federal compliance
  • User-friendly digital tools and perks your team will love
  • Dedicated service from the payroll experts

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Getting started is easy

Set up your payroll in just three simple steps.

  • Begin the guided setup process - We'll let you know what information to have handy before you start.
  • Count on us for support - Our experts are available to help you set up payroll, benefits, and more.
  • We'll confirm you're ready to run payroll - Once you're up and running, we'll have your back with 24/7 payroll support.
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Find your perfect small business payroll solution

You've got options — choose the RUN Powered by ADP® package that fits your business best.

Sync it all with small business payroll

Everything you need in one, integrated platform — like health insurance, retirement solutions, time tracking, workers’ comp and more — designed to work seamlessly together within RUN Powered by ADP.

  • Business Insurance and Health Benefits3 - Manage cash flow and plan for the coverage you need, including workers' compensation.
  • Retirement Solutions - Take care of the people you count on with competitive retirement plan options.
  • Time and Scheduling - Get better time management tools to automate time entry, simplify compliance and control labor costs.
  • App Marketplace - Connect to hundreds of popular apps and get greater flexibility, seamless integrations and free trials.

Plus, integrate ADP with your favorite accounting, POS, HR and business software.

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Why companies choose ADP small business payroll software

Nearly 800,000 small business clients trust ADP® to deliver a better payroll experience. Our small business expertise and easy-to-use tools simplify payroll and HR, so you can stay focused on the work that matters most.


customers tell us switching to ADP is easy and has made their jobs easier


customers spend 15 minutes or less running payroll through ADP


customers say ADP helps their company comply with payroll tax laws and regulations

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Small business payroll FAQs

How much does small business payroll cost?

The cost of small business payroll depends on several factors, including payroll frequency, total number of employees and the specific services that are needed. Most commonly, there is a per-payroll processing fee and an annual base fee. The important thing to remember is that a payroll service may actually save you money when compared to the cost of tax penalties. ADP will work with you to determine the right payroll setup for your business, whether you have just one employee or several.

Can a small business do their own payroll?

Do-it-yourself payroll is a popular choice for some new businesses, but like any other DIY project, it may only save you money if you have the skills and resources to do it correctly. You could be quickly overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes to run payroll on your own and the costly penalties that can possibly ensue if you make mistakes. For this reason, many small businesses turn to a payroll service provider for assistance.

How do small businesses run payroll?

Whether you choose to tackle the job on your own or work with a professional, running small business payroll, in its most basic form, consists of these steps:

  1. Track and record employee hours worked
  2. Calculate wages and withholding amounts (taxes, benefits, etc.)
  3. Distribute wages to employees
  4. Deposit the withheld taxes with appropriate government agencies
  5. File employer tax returns at the applicable deadlines
  6. Send employees Form W-2 and other required tax forms
    Throughout each stage of this process, you’ll need to comply with constantly changing regulations – a task that can be difficult without the expertise and assistance of a payroll provider like ADP.

What does payroll software for small business include?

Depending on the provider’s capabilities, small business payroll software may include:

  • The ability to process payroll from any device, anywhere
  • Taxes calculated, paid and filed on your behalf with proper authorization
  • Employee self-service and flexible payment options
  • Intelligent technology that helps flag potential errors
  • Specialized support navigating some laws and regulations

What are the benefits of using small business payroll software?

Saving time is one of the primary reasons small businesses use payroll software. It also provides peace of mind that employees will be paid quickly and accurately via their preferred method of payment. As a result, you can focus more attention on improving your product or service, growing your customer base, and other initiatives that generate revenue.

Does small business payroll software save your business money?

Tax penalties and fines resulting from payroll errors can be expensive. By helping minimize or eliminate these mistakes, payroll software may save you money. Software also automates the payroll process, which may reduce labor expenses associated with running payroll.

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