Tinder for Payroll - What should you be looking for?
Here are some really easy questions to answer:
- 2+2? 4
- Should I give the nice young man on the phone my banking details? No
- Should I use payroll software to automate my payroll, saving me both time and money? Absolutely.
See? Easy! So you’ve decided to join the smart kids club, congratulations! Now come the difficult questions:
- Who do I hate more, Kanye West or Donald Trump?
- Were Ross and Rachel really on a break?
- Which software provider should I choose to do my payroll?
Like browsing through online dating sites, there are 7 factors that you should, take into account whilst selecting the ‘perfect payroll partner’:
Cost - Ease of use….Free tria….woah ooooooook let’s end that analogy right there and start again.
*ahem* There are 7 factors that you should, take into account while picking the right payroll software for ‘your needs’:
Cost - Ease of Use - Free Trial - Security - Online Support and - Features. Let’s discuss:
Cost - As a business owner you need to be careful with costs. As a small business owner, you need to be even more careful with payroll costs. You need to look out for what features are offered as standard and what may be charged as extra in future. You will most likely be tied into a contract and a lot of companies will charge you for software support which is essential with all the upcoming changes coming your way.
Ease of use - exactly what it says on the tin! You don’t want to need a computer science degree to use the bloomin’ software. Make sure even the least-tech savvy person in the office can still use the payroll software system (not naming any names, Barbara). And if you’re still having trouble then what do we need? SUPPORT! When do you we need it? Actually it’s been a pretty rough week I could wouldn’t say no to a hug right about now...
Free trial - Yes yes, a thousand times yes! This is the best way to get feel for how it works and manages your payroll over the course of the trail. Free trials, free demo, free money; look out for great offers!
Security - If you’re dealing with finance then security is paramount. And since the introduction of GDPR your employee and client data is now just as important to keep under lock and key. Check that the payroll software can backup and restore data if it becomes corrupted and that there is end to end encryption. This way you can breathe easy and know that your data is in safe hands and you won’t be given the death sentence for breaching data protection laws.
Online Support - I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Good customer support is as important as a daily skincare routine! A lot of places will charge extra for this so make sure to check before you buy.
Features - It’s a veritable quagmire out there when it comes to businesses trying to sell you stuff and be heard amidst the chaos. Payroll is no different and you will be bombarded with different features that companies will try and use to entice you into bed. So here are some of the things that you should be looking out for:
Auto enrolment functionality
Time & Attendance
Reliable Customer Support
Employee Portal Pay Period selection
So there you have it. All the information you need to make an informed consumer decision. Or you could just save yourself a lot of time and effort and head straight over to BrightPay who have actually been voted Payroll Software of the Year 2018 at the Accounting Excellence Awards.
BrightPay’s snazzy interface is easy to use and they offer free (yes, FREE) support via email and phone. BrightPay offers a plethora of payroll features that make it, literally, the best out there.
Written by Aoibheann Byrne | BrightPay Payroll Software.
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