Payroll Services

Gusto
Gusto

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll) launched in 2011 after graduating from startup incubator Y Combinator and raising over $6 million in seed funding.

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What sets it apart

  • Focus on services firms
  • Time-tracking and invoicing
  • Basic expense-tracking

Pricing

Gusto offers a one-month free trial

  • $39/month

    This includes their full feature set: payroll tax filings, employee self-setup, W2 and 1099 support, vacation and sick time compliance, unlimited and automatic payrolls, new hire reporting, direct deposit and digital pay stubs, integration with popular calendar and accounting software, customer support by email and phone and more.

Overview

Gusto (formerly ZenPayroll) launched in 2011 after graduating from startup incubator Y Combinator and raising over $6 million in seed funding. Today, they have over 40,000 customers across all 50 states and an expanding list of services beyond payroll, including HR functions such as health benefits, personnel files and 401(k) plans.

While Gusto may not offer everything its competitors do—it lacks weekend support, it doesn’t support payment from prepaid debit cards and its reports aren’t as robust—it makes up for this by focusing specifically on the needs of sole proprietors and small businesses (particularly those that use contractors). And for an affordable price, Gusto can offer small businesses what’s typically only available to larger businesses using more expensive software: automatic tax reporting, built-in HR services, and seamless integration across mobile platforms and a variety of popular accounting software.

Offerings

  • Access your account from anywhere: On your computer or mobile device.
  • Employee self-onboarding: Employees can enter and manage their info online.
  • Automated taxes: Your local, state and federal payroll taxes are filed automatically—including 1099s for companies that work with contractors.
  • Seamless integration: Gusto integrates with QuickBooks, Xero, FreshBooks, etc.
  • Benefits administration: An all-in-one HR service handles 401(k) s, benefits, vacation and sick time compliance and more.
  • Advanced payroll services include unlimited and automated payroll, direct deposit, digital pay stubs and detailed payroll reports.
  • Affordable pricing gives small businesses access to software services typically reserved for big businesses (it costs $69/ month for a business with 5 employees).