That are a lot of things that cause headaches: dehydration, stress, and having to do your own payroll. That’s why users flock to payroll software to cure them of the pain of running payroll. We’d also like to save you the headache of choosing which payroll software is right for you. Here we have two of the best in the business but they’re quite different in how they operate. Gusto is hugely popular, with an impressive design and a wide range of features. It’s up against ADP, a highly polished platform that offers its users a huge number of integrations. So put down the aspirin, and let’s get started.
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Many know Gusto by its older name ZenPayroll, but the service has improved even more since its rebranding. The first thing you’ll notice about Gusto is its sleek design, which makes using the software a much less daunting task for payroll novices. Indeed, anyone can start running payroll with confidence while using Gusto. The service is also totally paperless, and you can customize your digital paystubs. Perhaps the crowning achievement of Gusto is that it will calculate all your taxes for you, saving you the nightmare of grappling with all the different types of payroll tax. Although Gusto is light on integrations in comparison to ADP there are still a lot of useful addons to choose from. For an extra fee its users can also get additional personal HR assistance to help with hiring and onboarding.
Gusto offers great customer service with agents available over the phone, by email, or through the website’s live chat. If you’re switching to Gusto from another payroll platform then you’ll be given a dedicated assistant to help you with the move. Pricing-wise, Gusto is certainly very competitive and much cheaper than rival ADP. Users can also test out the full package by taking advantage of a 30-day free trial.
It’s not the most exciting name around, but ADP stands for Automated Data Processing and the company has been helping businesses automate payroll effectively since 1949. As a service, ADP is aimed at businesses of any size with the idea that the software grows as your company grows. New users will find that although the software may look complicated initially, it’s developed to help guide you through the process and is very quick to advise you on any potential mistakes. Whether you’re paying your employees or contractors, ADP will be able to easily process payroll and slips can be sent out digitally or through printed physical copies. However, where ADP really shines is with the advanced HR features. With these extra HR functions, you can have workers clock in and out over the mobile app (for greater payroll accuracy), create employee handbooks, and much more. If that’s not enough for you, simply browsing ADP’s extensive list of integrations should show just how much the service can do for you.
Unlike Gusto, ADP’s customer service is available 24/7 so no matter when you process payroll, someone will be there to assist you. The website is also full of extensive documentation and helpful video tutorials. Although ADP is more expensive than Gusto, it’s not clear by how much as the company doesn’t give its pricing structure away. Instead, you’ll have to contact ADP directly to get a price. While there’s no free trial you can test out a free demo of the product to see how it works.
Picking between Gusto and ADP is no easy task, but no matter which payroll software you end up with you’ll have an easy-to-use service that will save you hours of your precious time. While ADP aims to be a solution for all kinds of companies, we think that with its more streamlined package and lower prices Gusto is the better solution for up and coming businesses. Certainly, ADP is the more robust of the two, and the 24/7 live support is a big plus for anyone who works outside standard hours. What makes the service stand out the most is the vast number of available integrations, taking ADP beyond payroll into a full HR suite. So, if you need software that gives you even more, ADP is the right choice for you.
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