by Nick Robinson | Jul 07, 2014 | Payroll
Setting up a business usually involves taking a DIY approach in a lot of areas, and most new business owners are willing to invest a lot of sweat to minimise costs. Along the way, new skills are learned and an entrepreneurial spirit gets sharpened. However, there are some things you will want to think very carefully about doing yourself. Some things are best left to the experts and, while it is possible to handle payroll yourself or to entrust it to an employee, there are a number of reasons most small businesses will be better off outsourcing to professional payroll services.
Payroll is a big undertaking and it is certainly a challenge for non-specialists. There are a lot of numbers to crunch, regulations to follow and tasks to complete in ensuring that you comply with all necessary employment laws. Outsourcing to an expert payroll service will ensure that everything gets done properly and mistakes are consistently avoided. An intimate knowledge of the payroll process backed by long years of experience means professionals can quickly yet accurately complete your payroll tasks.
Time (and Money) Saving
The phrase “time is money” can be quite literally true when it comes to a business. Your pay for your employees’ time, and your own time is usually spent either completing paid work or sourcing new custom. Running a payroll is a big task that uses up a lot of time. When you look at how many hours of labour within your business could be saved by using a payroll service, the relatively low cost of outsourcing may start to look very attractive.
Speed and Reliability
Large companies can dedicate entire departments to the sole purpose of handling the payroll. For smaller businesses, this is far less practical. It is more likely to be just one of several duties that you or an employee has to deal with. This can lead to delays and important tasks having to be pushed off to make way for even more important ones. A professional payroll service will provide the same dedicated approach that a department in a big company would take, ensuring that all necessary tasks get reliably completed in good time.
Secure and Stress-Free
A payroll involves a lot of sensitive information. Handling it onsite without the help of dedicated and well-trained professionals can be difficult. It will either present a security risk or require a lot of close attention in order to prevent that risk. A payroll service will handle all of these tasks securely and expertly off-site, drastically reducing the risk and eliminating the stress of keeping everything safe. A payroll service will likely also have better resources for backing up important payroll data, meaning that it is also kept safer against factors such as fire or equipment failure.