Small business HR and payroll software solutions

Running a small business can be challenging today. Count on ADP® to help you succeed.

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ADP is here to help you navigate challenging times

Running a small business isn't easy — especially right now. You need a partner who can help you navigate obstacles to keep things running smoothly. Someone to take care of payroll, taxes, HR and benefits. That’s where we come in. At ADP we’re committed to helping you:

Save time

Nothing is more valuable to a business owner than time. 3 out of 4 customers spend 15 minutes or less running payroll through ADP.1

Stay compliant

Rest easy knowing you’re keeping up with regulations. 9 out of 10 customers say ADP helps their company comply with payroll tax laws and regulations.1

Manage costs

With ADP's affordable payroll and a flexible suite of HR products, you only pay for the options you need.

Our payroll services for small business

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

Tools and solutions for small businesses — from a partner you can count on

Nearly 700,000 small businesses like yours count on ADP. We understand how much work it takes to run your business. With deep expertise and the most complete solution, we can help see you through challenging times.

Run payroll anytime, from anywhere — with taxes, compliance and reporting built-in

Whether your business is large or small, you can count on ADP to:

  • Provide automatic updates to state and federal tax laws in all 50 states
  • Get payroll taxes calculated, deducted and paid on your behalf
  • Have quarterly tax filings done for you
  • Automatically have Forms W-2 and 1099 created and sent
  • Run payroll from your computer or using our mobile app
  • Pay your employees via direct deposit or paper checks
  • Get answers you need 24/7 from experienced payroll professionals
  • Manage your state unemployment insurance (SUI), including claims administration and reviewing your account for erroneous charges.

Learn more about our approach to small business payroll.

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Fueling growth by automating payroll

Airtech Automotive owners Eric and Welby Torres initially didn’t need a payroll solution, but as they grew, not having one started to hurt them. That’s when they turned to ADP.

Get more time to focus on your business

HR-related tasks other than payroll can be time-consuming and confusing. You can’t afford the risk of HR problems, especially when it comes to compliance. With ADP you can:

  • Get answers to your questions from trained HR professionals through our telephone hotline
  • Help protect your business from costly penalties with a dedicated HR portal that places critical information in your hands
  • Post your open position to over 100 of the web’s leading job boards with one click using ZipRecruiter®
  • Understand how changing regulations affect your business and get help from our HR advisors

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RUN Powered by ADP® HR resources

Learn how RUN Powered by ADP® conveniently delivers the HR resources to help run your business.

Better time management tools – for you and your employees

Get more done with automation

Skip the manual time tracking (and potential errors). Let employees punch in and out online or using their mobile phone - including finger scan identification.

Simplify compliance with wage and hour regulations

Understanding regulations for overtime and meal breaks helps protect your business from penalties. Our software can help you stay on track.

Control labor costs

See the real costs of labor, including expenses for temporary staff, and adjust hours with time tracking and payroll reporting.

Find out more about time and attendance solutions for small businesses.

ADP® Time & Attendance for small businesses

Learn how ADP® Time & Attendance helps businesses better control labor and overtime costs, improve wage and hour compliance, and enhance worker productivity.

Take care of the people you count on

Retirement planning is important to your employees. ADP Retirement Services makes it’s easy for you to provide them with retirement benefits. Count on ADP to work with you to:

  • Understand retirement plan types and their corresponding investment options
  • Design a plan specifically for your business and your employees
  • Provide fiduciary services and protection to help mitigate risks related to investment decisions and monitoring through use of ADP's affiliated SEC-registered investment advisor, ADP Strategic Plan Services, LLC
  • Save time by integrating ADPs payroll technology with 401(k) plan record-keeping systems

As an independent record-keeping provider, we have no investment bias, proprietary selling model or hidden agenda — just our commitment to make things easy for you.

Read how we can help you with retirement services or contact us.

83% consider retirement plans a “must-have” benefit2

Manage cash flow and plan for the coverage you need

Do you have a workers’ compensation policy renewal approaching? If so, you may have to make a large, upfront deposit3 at a time when your business needs money most. ADP’s Pay-by-Pay® Premium Payment Program allows you to spread your premium payments over the policy life-cycle to help you maintain your cash flow during these unprecedented circumstances.

Our affiliate, Automatic Data Processing Insurance Agency Inc. (ADPIA), has helped over 175,000 small businesses find the right business insurance. Through licensed agents, ADPIA® provides guidance and support as well as access to a network of leading national carriers. Look to ADPIA for help with:

  • Business insurance
    • Mandatory Workers’ Compensation (in most cases)
    • General liability / Business owners policy (BOP)
    • Commercial auto insurance
    • Liability and umbrella policies
  • Group health insurance
    • Medical, dental and vision
    • Short- and long-term disability
    • Group life insurance

Find out more about how ADPIA can simplify insurance. Or reach out directly to ask about your insurance options by contacting ADPIA.

Free up your time to focus on growing your business

Outsourcing HR management can save you time, money and effort around compliance, benefits and employee management issues. ADP offers two outsourcing options.

Outsource all or just parts of HR management

Consider outsourcing just payroll or add benefits administration and HR services. Whatever you choose, you’ll get dedicated specialists guiding you every step of the way. Learn more about outsourcing or check out ADP® Comprehensive Services, our small business solution for outsourcing.

Get total support from ADP® TotalSource

ADP TotalSource® is a co-employment option with small business insights built-in. As your professional employer organization (PEO) ADP will provide:

  • Best in class benefits4 with the buying power of the 3rd largest private employer in the US5
  • Insight and guidance from HR experts and a massive database of small business intelligence
  • A partner in your corner to help limit your liability and stand with you when you need us
  • A premium experience through concierge-level service across HR, payroll and benefits

Learn more about PEOs and our PEO solution: ADP® TotalSource.

Have questions? Want to talk? Contact us.

69% of businesses that migrated from in-house administration to an outsourced model reported favorable results.6

Easily add best-in-class HR apps to your ADP experience

With ADP Marketplace, our digital HR storefront, you can create a customized, fully integrated HR platform for your business. Choose from highly rated7 third-party solutions that sync easily and securely with RUN Powered by ADP®. Use ADP Marketplace for:

  • Greater flexibility – choose the apps that work for you for recruiting, onboarding, time and labor, benefits, and more.
  • Security and stability - each solution has passed a world-class security assessment to help safeguard your employee data.
  • Industry focus - discover the apps that best serve businesses in your industry.
  • Free trials - many solutions offer full-featured free trials, so you can evaluate them.
  • Prebuilt integrations – that means no IT help required. Thanks to ADP standard APIs, all the integration work is done.

Start browsing solutions on ADP Marketplace now.

Flexible HR Solutions for Small Businesses

See for yourself how easy it is to explore, try and buy solutions from our digital HR storefront that integrate directly with payroll.

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ADP provides solutions for the challenges that are on your mind

Find the right fit for your business today — and as you grow

Buy only what you need, and nothing more

  • Need just payroll? We'll get you that. Explore HR, retirement, group health and business insurance — if and when you want to.

Connect our solutions to your software — it’s easy

  • Continue using accounting systems such as Intuit®, Wave, Xero™ and more. Plus, integrate ADP solutions with your POS systems.

Small business solutions built from small business insights

  • 80% of our clients are small businesses like yours. Their – and your - feedback influences how we design and enhance our products.

Broad and deep industry-specific experience

  • Our thousands of clients come from across industries. So we’ve built industry-specific app packages and solutions targeting their needs and yours.

Delivering value means a great product at the right price

You're working hard to keep your business moving forward. You need a solution that delivers the best value for payroll and HR — one that fits your budget from the very beginning and will work for you in the long run.

With ADP, you can get what you need for just a few dollars a day.

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Small business HR and payroll FAQs

Do small businesses need HR?

Yes, HR is important for any size organization, but the problem for many small businesses is that they lack dedicated resources. All too often, owners, managers and other employees take on HR responsibilities without the necessary training. This type of ad hoc management can lead to costly compliance violations, poor job performance and workplace safety issues. To avoid such consequences and achieve peace of mind, employers can partner with or outsource HR to trusted experts, like ADP.

Why do small businesses outsource HR?

Small businesses outsource HR because it affords them the freedom to grow their business with reduced compliance risk and administrative burdens. Even if the organization already has an HR professional on staff, outsourcing can still be beneficial because that person will be able to focus more attention on long-term workforce goals and less on compliance research or clerical tasks. The key, however, is to find a provider, like ADP® Comprehensive Services or ADP TotalSource®, who has proven processes and technology in place and can tailor its approach to the specific needs of small businesses.

What are the important HR requirements for small business?

There are many requirements for small business HR, which if not met, could result in compliance violations and subsequent penalties or lawsuits. Some of these important necessities include, but are not limited to:

  • Paying employees correctly and on time
  • Filing taxes with federal, state and local governments
  • Properly classifying workers
  • Creating a safe work environment
  • Providing health benefits as required under the Affordable Care Act
  • Abiding by all applicable employment regulations
  • Maintaining employee records and payroll data securely

What does HR do in a small business?

Whether it’s the owner, office manager or an HR professional, those who manage people in a small business often wear many hats. On any given day, they may have to:

  • Process payroll and taxes
  • Administer employee benefits
  • Recruit new hires
  • Oversee employee training and performance
  • Manage regulatory compliance
  • Create and maintain workplace policies
  • Resolve employee disputes and conflicts
  • Complete workers’ comp paperwork

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  1. Internal survey of 1,152 RUN Powered by ADP® customers in 2020
  2. 2016 Workplace Benefits Report — Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, April 2016
  3. While premium deposits may be eliminated by most carriers, mandatory state assessment fees may be required by some states
  4. Benefits provided by ADP TotalSource Health and Welfare plan or Automatic Data Processing Insurance Agency, ADPIA, a licensed affiliate of ADP
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  6. BlessingWhite 2011 Employee Engagement Report, Hewitt Associates.
  7. According to reviews on G2
  8. ADP, The Business Case for Full-Service HR
  9. ADP, Save Time and Cut Errors by Simplifying Payroll: 8 Tips for More Efficient Payroll
  10. ADP, Not All Payroll Solutions Are Created Equal