What Are Part-Time Payroll Services?

May 7, 2024

Part-time payroll services provide businesses with an outsourced solution for managing the payment of wages and related tasks for part-time employees. These services differ from full-service payroll in that they are designed for companies that employ part-time workers and may not need or want the full suite of payroll offerings.

Part-time payroll services handle core tasks such as:

  • Tracking part-time employee hours and calculating gross wages based on hourly rates
  • Deducting taxes, garnishments, and other withholdings
  • Printing and delivering paper checks or pay stubs
  • Providing online access to pay information
  • Filing required payroll tax forms

The key distinction is that part-time payroll services are optimized for hourly, part-time staff rather than salaried employees. They provide simplified payroll management focused on calculating wages from hours worked, making deductions, paying employees, and fulfilling minimum compliance requirements.

Part-time payroll services offer an affordable way for businesses to outsource payroll tasks without needing to hire dedicated in-house payroll staff. They are well-suited for small businesses, seasonal businesses, and companies with a large part-time workforce.

Benefits of Using a Part-Time Payroll Service

Using a part-time payroll service offers several key benefits for businesses compared to managing payroll in-house.

Cost Savings

One of the biggest advantages of using a part-time payroll service is cost savings. Outsourcing payroll eliminates the need to have a dedicated in-house payroll specialist. This saves money on payroll staff salaries and benefits. Payroll services also often have access to lower-cost tax filing, workers comp insurance, and other services that can reduce expenses. Their expertise in payroll regulations also helps avoid costly payroll tax penalties.

Time Savings

A part-time payroll service saves managers time they would otherwise spend on payroll administration. The service handles everything from collecting timesheets, calculating wages, withholding taxes, printing and delivering checks, to filing payroll tax forms. This frees up time for managers to focus on core business operations.

Accuracy and Expertise

Payroll requires staying up-to-date on complex and frequently changing tax laws and regulations. Payroll services have specialized knowledge to handle payroll tasks accurately and legally. Their expertise prevents businesses from miscalculating wages or taxes and incurring fines. They also keep up with the latest regulations so businesses don't have to.

How to Choose a Part-Time Payroll Provider

When selecting a part-time payroll service, it's important to consider the provider's services, reputation, and integration capabilities.

Services Offered

Look for a provider that offers the specific payroll services you need, such as:

  • Payroll processing
  • Tax filings and payments
  • Time and attendance tracking
  • Integration with accounting software
  • Employee access to pay stubs and W-2s
  • Compliance with labor laws

Ideally the provider will be able to fully manage payroll tasks rather than just providing software.


Research the provider's reputation and longevity in business. Look for positive customer reviews and testimonials. Ask for client references you can contact. An established company with a solid reputation is preferable.

Integration with Other Software

Choose a provider that can integrate with your existing HR, accounting, time tracking, and other business software through API connections. Smooth integration eliminates the need for manual data entry and reduces errors.

Prioritize must-have integrations based on your tech stack. For example, QuickBooks integration may be vital for your accounting workflow.

Working with a Part-Time Payroll Provider

Once you've selected a part-time payroll provider, there are some key things to know about how to work with them effectively. This will ensure a smooth onboarding process and ongoing relationship.

Onboarding Process

The onboarding process is when you provide the payroll provider with all the necessary information to set up your account. This usually includes:

  • Company information like legal name, address, tax IDs
  • List of employees with details like pay rates, deductions, banking info
  • Payroll schedule and pay frequency preferences
  • Tax filing services needed
  • Access permissions for who can view/edit payroll

A payroll specialist will walk you through each step to collect the data needed to run your first payroll with minimal disruptions. Be prepared to provide employee documentation like W4s.

Ongoing Communication

Clear ongoing communication is key to a good payroll provider relationship. Let them know ASAP about any employee changes like new hires, terminations, pay changes, etc. Provide updates on sick days, vacation time, and other factors impacting payroll.

Designate a main contact person on your team to communicate with the payroll provider. Make sure they understand your policies and procedures. Quickly respond to any requests or questions from the provider.

Accessing Employee Payroll Info

Reputable payroll providers give you 24/7 access to your payroll data through an online portal. Here you can view:

  • Employee payroll summaries with earnings, deductions, net pay
  • Tax payments and filings
  • Payroll reports like labor costs, overtime, tax liability
  • Pay stubs for each pay period

The portal allows you to check payroll details at any time. Employees can also log in to access their individual pay info.

Clear communication, responsive contacts, and transparent payroll access enables a payroll provider to seamlessly handle part-time payroll.

Step-by-Step Process of Using Part-Time Payroll

The typical process for using a part-time payroll service is as follows:

Time Tracking

  • Employees track their hours worked using time tracking software, mobile apps, or paper timesheets. This captures hours worked, overtime, and time off.
  • Employees submit their time sheets to managers for approval before payroll is processed.
  • The payroll provider accesses the time data to calculate gross wages.

Payroll Calculation

  • The payroll service calculates each employee's gross wages based on hours worked and pay rate.
  • Deductions are taken out including federal, state and local taxes, Social Security, Medicare, 401K contributions and other benefits.
  • The provider calculates net pay for each employee.

Tax Payments

  • The payroll company handles payment of payroll taxes on the business's behalf including federal, state and local taxes.
  • Tax payments are submitted to the appropriate agencies each pay period.

Paycheck Delivery

  • Employees are paid on the scheduled pay date via direct deposit, pay card, or paper check.
  • Pay stubs detailing gross pay, deductions, net pay and withholdings are provided.
  • The business receives a summary payroll report outlining all details.
Alyssa Huizenga
Director, Business Development
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