Automation For The People

Going To The Web

Another option is, a Web-based company that offers diversified financial services to small businesses. will not only automate your payroll processing but also integrate the reporting procedure with your 401(k) contributions recordkeeping and your checking, bill-paying, credit card fulfillment and other banking services.

You can submit your payroll hours and employee information from any Web browser 48 hours before the checks are issued. The cost depends on the size of the company (It costs about $125 per year for a five-person company with a biweekly payroll). There is an additional charge of $25 per month to be a member, which helps defray the cost of the back-end integration of services, including the mapping of data generated by your payroll/401(k) reporting sessions directly into popular accounting programs. is just one of many partners who provide a front end for the payroll processing services of Computer Resources Inc. (CRI), the same nationwide provider that Intuit purchased earlier this year for its QuickBooks Payroll. CRI has serviced approximately 25,000 clients through intermediaries like, and Intuit says it will continue to do so.

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This article was originally published in the January 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Automation For The People.

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