November 11, 2013

ZenPayroll – A Fresh Take On Payroll

Dealing with payroll is a necessary part of running a company, but that doesn’t mean it’s a task that most business owners actively enjoy. Until now. ZenPayroll offers a modern solution for businesses looking for ways to streamline their accounting processes and provide employees with a clearer view of their withholdings and benefits.

Getting set up with ZenPayroll takes just a couple minutes. Check out your company dashboard to see a to-do list with descriptions of all upcoming payroll tasks and take a look at the “Important Dates” section to see when your next payroll is due. To run that next payroll, click on the “Run Payroll” tab and select the pay period you’d like to run payroll for. Take a close look at the hours each employee has worked and the gross pay each employee is due before clicking “Submit.” ZenPayroll will immediately process your payments as direct deposits or checks. State and Federal taxes are automatically calculated and submitted with your filings, pre-tax benefits (like medical insurance, IRAs, and HSAs) are all taken into account, and payroll reports are generated to allow you to review cost breakdowns and bank transactions. As the business owner, you always have the option to change your set-up at any time at no additional cost.

Business owners who feel more comfortable having their payroll managed by an accountant or bookkeeper can still take advantage of ZenPayroll’s tools. The platform offers a way for users to add their accountants as collaborators, for more hands-free account tracking and payroll management. ZenPayroll also offers a number of unexpected benefits and features, including HR onboarding for new employees, employee reimbursements, and vacation and sick day tracking for employees with paid time off.

Practical Uses:

  • Spend less time running payroll each month
  • File your State and Federal payroll tax documents electronically
  • Pay freelancers and independent contractors automatically
  • Collaborate on payroll with your bookkeeper or accountant

Insider Tips:

  • Users can pay their employees twice per month, every two weeks, or every month
  • ZenPayroll is accessible from any smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer
  • Review previous payrolls to ensure you’ve paid each employee the correct amount
  • ZenPayroll integrates with popular accounting platforms like Xero and Quickbooks

What we liked:

  • ZenPayroll automates the process of onboarding new employees
  • Pricing is straightforward and includes all features at no additional cost
  • HR professionals can consult with ZenPayroll’s integrated HR partners
  • ZenPayroll can electronically file a company’s State and Federal payroll tax documents
  • Bookkeepers can manage accounts for multiple companies

What we didn’t like:

  • Bank account verification can take up to three days to complete


Company Info:

  • Launched: December 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Joshua Reeves, Edward Kim, and Tomer London
  • Web site:


  • $25 + $4 per person for the first 10, and $2 per person thereafter

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