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Top 5 Payroll Software for Small Businesses

This list includes the best and affordable payroll software for small businesses. Being a business owner for about 22 years, I have used countless applications for business administration. This list reflects my experience with the popular payroll software in the market, which I used for my small business and for my clients.

CheckMark Payroll

The best thing I like about CheckMark Payroll is that it is the most affordable payroll software for small business in the market. The reason I am prioritizing this software is that for one yearly price, we can run unlimited payrolls and add unlimited employees. If you start an additional store in your area or goes national, no problem, all for one price. Then you can do direct deposit, W2 e-filing, check printing and many more things which made me to rank it number 1 on my list.




Gusto offers fully integrated online payroll services that includes HR, benefits, and everything else you need for your business. It's more like payroll services and you will not have total control the way you have with desktop payroll solutions.

Patriot Software

Patriot is good but not as robust and flexible as CheckMark Payroll and Quickbooks Payroll. The reason I added it on my list is because it is simple to use and easy to understand.

Payroll4Free is free for businesses having less than 25 employees but note that they offer very basic features. They just lure you in and then they charge similar like Quickbooks. I expect you to understand what I meant to say here.

Quickbooks Payroll

Even though QB is used by thousands of people, I think its complex and overcharged. They lure you with huge discounts and then the nightmare starts. The customer service sucks. However, it is one of the most used payroll software.