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Payroll designed for self-employed small business owners

Running a business can be stressful. That’s why we built Roll by ADP—a smarter mobile payroll solution specifically for small business owners. Stay on top of payroll for yourself—plus all the to-do’s on your list—with an award-winning chat-based interface. Handling the day-to-day of your business—whatever legal entity or industry—is now as easy as sending a text, with the flexibility of your phone and the genius of GenAI.

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Why use Roll by ADP as your payroll service for one employee?

Roll takes the guesswork out of payroll processing and tax filing, so you can focus on boosting your business. With GenAI features, your payroll taxes are calculated and filed automatically, your tasks are organized, and you get personalized business insights for more informed business decisions.

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Simplified payroll that saves you time

Spend less time on number-crunching and more time doing what you love. With Roll by ADP, you can:

  • Run unlimited payroll for yourself—and any employees—in 60 seconds or less. Just chat, “Run my payroll.”
  • Have taxes automatically calculated, deducted, and filed every time you process payroll
  • Ensure timely, accurate payments with proactive notifications
  • Access paystubs, payroll reports, and tax statements anytime
  • Customize pay options based on your industry, including trucking, logistics, and consulting services
  • Get paid fast with next-day direct deposit or same-day, when available
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Expert support when you need it

Thousands of small business owners trust Roll, a mobile solution backed by ADP—the nation’s leading payroll provider—to securely pay yourself and your employees. With Roll, you’ll have:

  • Peace of mind, knowing you have live 24/7 chat support from certified payroll experts just a tap away
  • The ease of a step-by-step, guided business setup and employee onboarding
  • Guaranteed accuracy for payroll and tax calculations, powered by GenAI
  • On-demand HR guidance and support via chat, plus interactive FAQs
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Smarter payroll that has your back

As the largest and most experienced payroll provider in the U.S., it’s our job to keep your business compliant and on top of regulations. We'll help you:

  • Accurately deduct federal, state, and local taxes in all 50 states by automatically calculating and filing taxes every time you run payroll
  • Keep up to date with changing tax regulations
  • Run multi-state payroll for remote or traveling employees
  • Avoid costly mistakes, miscalculations, and missed paydays with proactive alerts and reminders
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Your guide for all things tax

No need to stress about payroll taxes with Roll. Your taxes are taken care of and guaranteed for accuracy by ADP. Roll helps your business by:

  • Automatically calculating, filing, and depositing federal, state, and local payroll taxes
  • Calculating tax deductions for other pay types, including bonuses and off-cycle payments
  • Guaranteeing payroll tax calculations are 100% accurate, with IRS inquiry management by ADP
  • Offering live 24/7 chat support from payroll and tax specialists, available in English and Spanish
  • Automatically generating annual tax statements in January

Mobile payroll made fast, easy, and affordable

Finally—the payroll solution for small business owners is here. Roll by ADP makes paying yourself, filing taxes, handling business operations—and so much more—surprisingly easy. Get started with simplified small business payroll in seconds.

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Top FAQs about payroll for one employee

What is the easiest payroll software to use?

There are dozens of payroll companies out there, all offering varying levels of usability. Some are more DIY while others may send a company representative to your business to train you on the product. The easiest solution for you will depend on your business’s unique needs.

How do I do payroll manually?

As opposed to using a payroll provider like ADP, processing payroll manually requires painstaking data entry, flawless recordkeeping and the ability to consistently meet deadlines. If you choose to do payroll this way, you’ll need to:

  1. Agree upon a salary or hourly wage
  2. Use a time clock or other means to track hours worked
  3. Calculate gross wages
  4. Deduct health care and any other pre-tax benefits you offer
  5. Withhold income tax, FICA taxes and any state taxes that apply
  6. Calculate employer contributions to FICA and unemployment tax
  7. Deduct garnishments and post-tax benefits, if applicable
  8. Pay your employee via check or direct deposit

Keep in mind that even with just one employee, there’s a chance you can make a mistake when processing payroll manually, which may result in fines from government agencies.

How much does payroll for one employee typically cost?

The price will hinge on which of the specific services your company requires, and elements such as integrations and related products can also affect price. It's worth keeping in mind that comprehensive payroll services generally save money in the long term—not to mention time. And with ADP, there are no fixed fees, no contract, and no need for an accountant, giving you ultimate flexibility.

How long does it take to set up payroll for one?

If you have all the required documentation, you can self-onboard in just minutes and begin processing payroll days after that. This streamlined setup process stands out in an industry known for long lag times.

How do I set up payroll for one employee?

To run payroll for one employee, whether you’re doing it yourself or working with a payroll service provider, you’ll need:

  • Employer identification number (EIN)
  • State and local tax ID numbers, if applicable
  • State unemployment ID number
  • Employee’s I-9 and W-4 forms
  • Employee’s state withholding allowance certificate
  • Department of Labor records
  • Defined pay periods
What kinds of owners typically use ADP for payroll for one-person businesses?

We are proud to support owners across a number of industries. Some of our payroll-for-one customers include financial services providers, those in the trucking industry, retail owners, and more. Whatever your business, ADP can help.

I hope to rapidly grow my business over the next several years. Can ADP still support me if I do?

Our products and services are designed to grow more robust as you bring on more employees. Along with payroll, our HR and hiring tools can help you manage a growing team.

Do you offer payroll for S-corps as well?

Yes. Learn more about S-corps here, or speak with one of our representatives to help you determine if designating your business as an S corporation can benefit you.

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