Small business payroll services, 1–49 employees

Spend less time on payroll, more time on your business

Whether you're looking to outsource payroll for the first time, or are thinking about switching from another payroll provider, Paychex helps make payroll for small business effortless — just as it should be. With our intuitive technology in your hands, and experts by your side, you’ll be free to make your business all it can be.

  • Easy small business payroll processing

    Enter payroll online or on your mobile device. Or, we’ll do it for you; just call in your hours and we’ll take it from there.

  • Automatic payroll taxes

    We’ll calculate, pay, and file your federal, state, and most local payroll taxes.

  • Employee self-service

    Your employees can log in from their desktop or mobile device to see check stubs, W-2s, and more. No more having to ask you!

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What you can get with Paychex small business payroll services

  • Online small business payroll processing
  • Direct deposit, paper checks, and paycards
  • Ability to pay different types of workers — salaried, hourly, contract
  • Automatic payroll tax admin
  • Employee online self-service
  • New-hire reporting to government agencies
  • Free mobile app for you and your employees
  • Labor compliance poster kit
  • Garnishment payments
  • 160+ reports and custom analytics
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See how easy payroll for small businesses can be

  • Paychex Flex dashboard
  • Enter payroll quickly and easily

    Enter your payroll information, confirm your data, and submit. You can also set up recurring amounts for even faster processing.   

  • View critical data at a glance

    Key info, such as upcoming check dates and cash required for your next payroll, is available right from the main dashboard.

  • Run reports

    Enjoy instant access to common reports such as your small business payroll journal, cash requirements, and tax deposit notices.

There are a lot of small business payroll services out there. What sets Paychex apart?

  • All-in-one platform

    Easily expand Paychex Flex beyond payroll by turning on HR modules, from recruiting and hiring to time and attendance and benefits, as your business needs change.

  • Compliance expertise

    Our world-class compliance team lives and breathes payroll for small business. We use that expertise to update our systems so our clients are ahead of the regulatory curve.

  • Dedicated, responsive service

    You’ll have the option to work with a dedicated payroll specialist, plus 24/7 support from highly trained, U.S. based specialists.

  • Employee Pay Options

    Choose the payroll option that is right for your employees and your business—Paper checks, direct deposit (with optional same-day ACH capability*), Tip Network™, and paycards. *Additional fees may apply

  • Payroll Protection

    With Payroll Protection we provide you the flexibility to extend the collection of payroll funds from your bank account by up to seven days without interruption of services or insufficient fund charges.

  • HR online library

    Every Paychex client gets access to our online HR library, a comprehensive resource full of forms, training, and tools including:

    • Guides on common employment issues
    • Salary benchmarking
    • Job description builder

Something else to consider

Many of our small business payroll clients find they can benefit from other HR services within Paychex Flex. Here’s one you may consider adding now or in the future:


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