Of course, if you bundle in additional HR services like software, benefits, compliance and workers comp, there are greater savings to be seen. That is why for small businesses, we recommend PEO and other total HR outsourcing solutions to gain economies of scale so the payroll is basically free.
I always get a chuckle out of small business owners who will not make a change to PEO or other HR outsourcing solutions because they say that their accountant does their payroll and they are the only ones they trust to do it.
News Flash: Most accountants don’t do the payroll themselves. They farm it out to a clerk in their office…or more often they have ADP or Paychex do it, then pass if off as their own work and up-charge their clients for their “expertise.”
So, instead of saving money using PEO, a small business is paying, on average, $100/hour to their account for a service that only costs $100 per employee per year to do.