Small business payroll

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Trusted payroll software for small business

ADP® looks out for nearly 700,000 small businesses like yours. We know today's challenges make running a business difficult. We're here with payroll solutions and services to help you:

Save money

Discover flexible and affordable options — pay only for services you need.

Save time

Run payroll in just a few clicks. Use the time you save to manage your business.

Sleep easier

Payroll and taxes done for you — helping you stay accurate, on time and in compliance.

Our payroll services for small business

Choose the RUN Powered by ADP® package that helps meet your company’s HR and payroll needs.

RUN Powered by ADP® platform and mobile app

Amazingly simple small business payroll with expert support

It’s not easy running a small business. We’re here with the solutions you need, when and how you need them:

  • Process payroll in minutes, at your desk or on the move
  • Have taxes calculated, deducted and paid automatically
  • Get answers 24/7 — from experienced payroll professionals
  • Have quarterly and annual reporting done for you
  • Integrate time tracking with payroll
  • Help avoid costly errors — intelligent tech flags possible mistakes
  • Manage your state unemployment insurance (SUI), including claims administration and reviewing your account for erroneous charges

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As of 3/15/2021

Why companies choose ADP small business payroll software

Solutions to help you navigate challenging times

Today's business climate is very challenging. You need a flexible payroll solution that helps you do things better now, and in the future. With our affordable options, you only pay for the services you need today. And there's plenty of room to add-on services like insurance1, retirement, and timekeeping when you're ready.

"Not only are we spending less time and getting much more accurate and complete data, but our costs are down even more than we anticipated."

— James S. McLean, Finance Director/Business Manager
    Bethel International United Methodist Church

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9/10 customers say switching to ADP is easy and has made their job easier2

3/4 customers spend 15 minutes or less running payroll through ADP.2

Tools so easy you'll have more time to focus on your business

Run payroll in just a few clicks — anytime, anywhere, on any device. Your taxes, health benefits and retirement contributions will be calculated and deducted automatically. Your quarterly and annual reporting — done for you. Forms W-2 and 1099 created and sent automatically. We even handle inquiries from the IRS. That means you'll have more time to focus on moving your business forward.

"In terms of time, I don't worry at all about payroll. That, for me, is huge."

— Adrienne Fudge, Owner
    40 Dreams Catering

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Manage compliance, keep your data secure, sleep easy at night

Keep ahead of HR regulations and state and federal tax laws.

We make it our job to stay on top of tax laws and regulations for you. Our solutions include the latest updates across all 50 states. We can help you stay compliant with payroll and tax requirements, wage and hour laws, new hire reporting and much more.

Keeping data safe

Our world-class global security organization helps ensure that your and your employees’ data is safe and secure.

  • ADP is ranked #1 among Business Service Peers by Security Magazine
  • ADP is ISO 9000 and ISO 27001 certified — the gold standards for quality and security process management

Nearly 2/3 customers feel ADP helps their company better comply with payroll taxes and regulations than their previous provider.2

See how simple running payroll can be

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Small business payroll made easy

Run Powered by ADP® is designed to make your small business payroll quick and easy. With a streamlined process and powerful technology, you'll complete payroll in no time.

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See employees’ time at a glance

Review all employee time for this pay period — and with Time and Attendance from ADP, employee hours are automatically added.

Next: Enter Time

Manage your staff's time

Easily edit your entire staff's hours, rates, benefit time and bonuses for the current pay period — including 1099 contractors.

Next: Preview Pay Period

Be confident

Preview how much cash you need this pay period before processing payroll. If things look good, simply click "Approve."

Next: Approve Payroll

Congratulations! Your payroll is complete.

With RUN Powered by ADP, running payroll can't get any easier — or more convenient. Complete it from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

More small business payroll features designed for challenging times

Improve cash flow

With ADP’s Pay-by-Pay® Premium Payment Program and a policy brokered by our affiliate Automatic Data Processing Insurance Agency, Inc. (ADPIA), your business’s workers’ compensation insurance premium payments can be automatically deducted every pay period based on your actual payroll and carrier rates. You may also avoid having to pay a large, estimated premium upfront3.

Payroll solutions your way

Check or direct deposit? It’s your payroll solution, so do what works best for you. Choose from:

  • Direct deposit to employees’ accounts
  • Direct deposit to Wisely® Direct debit card*
  • Paper checks delivered to you
  • Print your own checks

Save time with useful integrations

Save time by integrating with your favorite business and accounting software including QuickBooks™, Wave and many more. Plus, discover hundreds of new apps at our online store, ADP Marketplace and enjoy free 30-day, risk-free trials of many of our software solutions.

What small business payroll customers are saying

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 of a payroll provider like ADP.

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Switching payroll providers made easy

  1. All insurance products will be offered and sold only through Automatic Data Processing Insurance Agency, Inc. (ADPIA), its licensed agents or its licensed insurance partners. One ADP Boulevard, Roseland, NJ 07068. CA license #0D04044. Licensed in 50 states.
  2. Internal survey of 752 RUN Powered by ADP customers in 2020.
  3. While premium deposits may be eliminated by most carriers, mandatory state assessment fees may be required by some states.