Popular Payroll Systems: Choosing the Best for Your Business

Business owners have a wide range of popular payroll systems to choose from. Unfortunately, these well-known payroll brands often fall prey to trendy but unnecessary software features. These services also typically come with a premium price. Small businesses who prioritize popular payroll brands often end up paying more for a product they won’t fully utilize.

Advanced Micro Solutions is different. Our tried-and-true software is among the most dependable available. While you may have more familiarity with popular payroll brand names, AMS succeeds in creating a reliable payroll tool, regardless of your industry, budget, and business size.



What the Popular Payroll Systems Get Wrong

The popular payroll systems you’ll find on Forbes and Bloomberg lists aren’t designed for everyone. In fact, most of the commonly used payroll tools aren’t appropriate for businesses with tight budgets and specific needs. Here are some of the most common – yet unnecessary – features that come with these popular systems:

Additional Fees Per User

Many of the most popular payroll programs find creative ways to implement additional price requirements. Charging an additional fee for each user is the newest application. With some popular payroll tools, like QuickBooks and Gusto, customers should expect to pay an additional $2 to $12 per month per user. While this might not seem like a lot to a smaller company, those numbers add up for mid-sized businesses. By contrast, accounting and payroll software like AMS support up to 1,999 payers and up to 9,999 employees per payer – all at no additional cost.

Subscription-Based Pricing

In recent years, companies have shifted from standalone product ownership to subscription-based services. This change has touched almost every industry, from movies and grocery delivery to clothing curation and software access. Companies prioritize this pricing structure because it represents guaranteed revenue. It comes as no surprise that the most popular payroll systems also utilize a subscription pricing model.

Unfortunately, subscription-based pricing can be a disaster for the user. Software customers who utilize subscription services do so at the risk of seeing frequent and unpredictable price changes. That payroll software you spent weeks researching might unexpectedly go from $50 per month to $75 per month. That can be enough to knock it out of your budget. However, payroll tools like AMS Payroll continue to utilize a one-time purchase model. This is almost always the best option for the user.

Cloud-Based Data Management

Cloud-based software tools are popular because of their perceived convenience. Companies tout the ability to access information from anywhere at any time. Popular payroll tools have begun the shift into cloud-based software. However, this puts data security and program access in jeopardy.

Advanced Micro Solutions is a disc-based software tool. That means the program and your data are stored in a local computer file – not in the cloud. This ensures data security and ease of access. With AMS, you won’t need an Internet connection or to pay a subscription fee to access your sensitive information.


Find Customizable Accounting Software with AMS

Interested in trying AMS for yourself? We offer a free demo program for customers to test drive the software. If you have any lingering questions, give our Sales and Information team a call at 800-536-1099.


Software Solutions from AMS

Our W-2 and 1099 Forms Filer is our only required platform. From there, users pick the services they need. Choose from the tools below to build out your customized accounting software.