Small business owners may not consider the benefits of payroll outsourcing as a priority, convinced that they can easily handle all operations themselves. In many cases, that misapprehension gets cleared up pretty quickly (even small business influencerGene Marks recently examinedwhat it took to come to that conclusion).

In small business, one person may wear many hats and have many different things to do, notes Rob Esparza of Begleys Cleaning Service, Inc. Its very difficult to go through and do weekly payroll on your own. Outsourcing payroll takes a huge burden off that person.

In fact, outsourcing payroll comes with a wide range of advantages to the small business owner. Here are five notable ones:

Regardless of the type of business you run or the industry youre in, if you have a workforce, attending to all payroll-related matters consumes a serious amount of your valuable resources. One pay period follows after another (without interruption), a constant demand for time and energy spent ensuring that employee data is input correctly and then reviewed for accuracy.

Even if you have a full-time bookkeeper on staff, payroll outsourcing can free that individual to attend to other, equally pressing financial matters. Im a full-charge bookkeeper, with responsibility for payroll, benefits, insurance, and more, notes Jo Fletcher of LEDingEDGE Lighting, Inc. Using a payroll provider takes one thing off my plate that I can be guaranteed is done correctly and needs no follow-up.

The complexities of payroll processing require a significant amount of time committed on a daily and weekly basis time you cant make up elsewhere. Whether its calculating payroll amounts, generating in-house reports, preparing and remitting state and federal payroll taxes and returns, or simply printing, signing, and distributing paychecks, the demands on your time can be prodigious.

Although business owners are ultimately responsible for meeting payroll accuracy and filing requirements, having a provider on hand often helps them feel more confident about staying up-to-date on regulations. With an outsourced partner for payroll, I have more time to devote to my business and I dont have to worry about regulations, filings, and the rest, says Sheri Smallwood of Sheri Smallwood Chartered. Its definitely worth the investment.

Payroll processing is complicated; in our age of data theft and breaches, it can be a potentially risky area for your company. Theres the threat of identity theft, employees tampering with company records, or even embezzlement, among other risks. The use of in-house payroll processing software is certainly not risk-free, either.

By contrast, a trusted outsourcing partner has information security controls designed to safeguard sensitive data. Together with redundant backup and multiple server locations, a quality provider invests instate-of-the-art systems for storing and protecting data,simply because its part of the service provided to clients.

Youre in business to make products or offer services to your valued customers. Youre notin business to keep a close eye on state and federal payroll tax regulations. Unfortunately, every business owner must comply with those regulations or face stiff financial (and possibly legal) penalties. An outsourced partner who specializes in payroll processing doeshave to stay current with these laws since its a key part of the service they provide.

We outsource a majority of our HR/payroll services, says Daniel Miles of Kahn Architecture and Design. For us, that means far less stress in dealing with ever-changing rules, regulations, and taxes as well as coping with any unusual HR situations we come across. Overall, it enables our small business to compete with larger companies in the world of employee perks and benefits.

The bestpayroll outsourcing companieshave dedicated full-time payroll processing specialists. They will also offer the expertise to handle aspects of this key business operation.

As Alexis Olson of Perma-Seal Basement Systems puts it, In addition to the simplicity outsourcing provides us, theres tremendous ease of mind knowing another set of expert eyes is looking over our payroll processing.

Note: The sources interviewed for this article are current Paychex clients.

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