Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Wells, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    As most of you already know this up-coming season I will be taking on several employees for the first time. I'm curious how most of you that have employees process your payroll.

    I'm currently using Quickbooks Pro as my accounting software and they have a add-on payroll service available for a recurring monthly fee. I have also thought about hiring a local payroll service to process the payroll for us or possibly even doing it myself.

    Does anybody have any horror stories associated with one of these methods and what has been your best experience with finding a payroll method? In other words what are you currently using process payroll and has it worked out well for you? I'm interested in both the good the bad and the ugly.
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    We do it in house ourselves using Quickbooks and have been for years. It is very easy to set-up and do, it is fast, and we have never had an issue with either employees, or the IRS in using QB's and doing it ourselves. Just remember (and QB's prompts you to anyway) to upgrade the IRS Tax updates each year.

    EDIT: I also just checked with bookeeping and we actually started doing payroll using QB in 1998 and agian never any problems at all.
  3. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Thanks MMlawn, thats good to know.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I answered for ya Brett in my pm.
  5. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Thanks Rod..
  6. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 900

    Do you need to add on the monthly fee or is that something that is just easier to do? I am going to but qb pro and how much is the monthly fee? Is it every month or just when you use it since most of us don't work for 3 months?
  7. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    if you have everything set up right in quickbooks you won't have any problems and works great, just make sure to get everything set up right and it'll make your life easier.
  8. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I have quickbooks, how did you set it up in quickbooks?
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I use the mid level priced service in qb and it works great for me. You do get charged a flat fee each month whether you use it or not, though.
  10. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I talked to paychex and they said they could do it for about $20 a week. It seems like a reasonable price.

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