Square Payroll - Top 4 Alternatives (Mar 2022)

Square Payroll Review
ITQlick Score: 90/100
ITQlick Rating: (4.6/5)
Pricing: 2/10 - low cost
Category: Small Business Payroll -> Square Payroll -> Square Payroll competitors
Ranking:Ranked 3 out of 28 Small Business Payroll systems
Company: Square
Pricing: starts at $35 per month
Typical customers: SMBs
Platforms: Desktop, Mobile, Cloud
Links: Square Payroll review, Square Payroll alternatives
Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Mar 22, 2022

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In the payroll software category, Square Payroll faces competition from brands like RUN Powered by ADP, Gusto Payroll, Paychex Flex, and SurePayroll. In certain specifics, Square Payroll and its top competitors are compared below:
  • Cost: Square Payroll pricing starts at $40 per month ($35 subscription fee and $5 per user). In comparison, Gusto Payroll pricing starts at $45 per month ($39 subscription fee and $6 per user), and SurePayroll pricing starts at $19.99 per feature per month. RUN and Paychex Flex do not disclose their pricing schedules.
  • Functionality: Square Payroll has typical features for the payroll software category like automated tax filings, benefits management, and time tracking. In comparison, Paychex Flex has the check printing functionality, which Square Payroll does not support, while RUN has broader HR functionalities like employee onboarding which Square Payroll does not offer.
  • Cloud/On-premise: Square Payroll is a fully cloud-based software solution. When compared to its alternatives, Square Payroll and its top competitors are all entirely cloud-based solutions.
  • Popularity: Square was founded in 2009 and serves millions of businesses globally today. In comparison, RUN provides its services to over 800,000 clients. Over 700,000 use Paychex Flex, while Gusto Payroll serves over 200,000 businesses.
  • Support: Clients that use Square Payroll get support through the following channels: email, live chat, phone, forums, FAQ, and a knowledge base. In comparison, Paychex Flex does not have a knowledge base support channel like Square Payroll, while RUN has 24/7 support available, which Square Payroll does not offer.
  • Customers/Industries: Square Payroll targets businesses of all kinds in diverse industries like retail, beverages, hospitality, healthcare, professional services, etc. In comparison, RUN and other Square Payroll top alternatives also serve businesses in manufacturing, education, finance, etc.
  • Scalability: Square Payroll is built to serve clients who run small businesses and medium-scale operations. In comparison, SurePayroll is built with the small business owner in mind, while RUN, Paychex Flex, and Gusto Payroll can support small and midsize businesses.

Square Payroll alternatives - for low budget, SMBs and global businesses

Here are the top 4 alternatives to Square Payroll that are worth checking out: Patriot PAY for SMBs, Web Pay for large size business, Sage One Payroll for growing companies, and BrightPay for startups and SMBs.

ITQlick rating ITQlick Rating is based on the software score (below) and aggregated online reviews
Score ITQlick Score is a 1 to 100 score, based on pricing, and functionality Vs. alternative solutions
Pricing pricing Score is a 1 to 10 score, based on the TCO (cost of licences, customizations, training, hardware when relevant) Vs. alternative solutions
License pricing license pricing (if provided by the software vendor)
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Square P...
ITQlick rating
4.6/5
Score
90/100
Pricing
2/10
License pricing
$35 per month
Functionality
9
Best for SMBs
Patriot ...
ITQlick rating
4.8/5
Score
92/100
Pricing
3/10
License pricing
$10 per month
Functionality
16
Best for Enterprise
Web Pay
ITQlick rating
4.1/5
Score
89/100
Pricing
5.8/10
License pricing
Pricing not available
Functionality
27
Growing
Sage One...
ITQlick rating
4/5
Score
90/100
Pricing
2/10
License pricing
$7 per user/month
Functionality
19
Free version
BrightPay
ITQlick rating
4.9/5
Score
89/100
Pricing
2/10
License pricing
$59 per year
Functionality
8

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.