An Expert Review of Gusto's PEO - 2021

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Author Phil Strazzulla, HR Tech Expert, Harvard MBA, Finance and Software Nerd
Phil Strazzulla: HR Tech Expert, Harvard MBA, Finance and Software Nerd
October 19, 2021
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Gusto’s payroll and benefits software is dead simple to use for HR and employees. They also offer accounting advising services.

What's Inside

Gusto Review

Gusto isn’t a PEO - but we wanted to include them in this list because if you’re a small business looking at PEOs, you may want to check out Gusto as well.  They have a simple to use payroll and benefits platform designed for smaller companies.

Gusto Customers

American Canning, Matchless Builds, Citizen Pilates

Gusto Stats

  • 90% of customers said switching to Gusto was an easy process
  • 3 out of 4 customers say Gusto makes compliance easier

Gusto Resources

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Buying HR Software? Here's some quick advice

Key Gusto Features

  • Payroll on Autopilot: For salary or hourly employees with fixed hours, Gusto can run payroll automatically. You just have to determine on what day they should be paid and they'll take care of everything else.
  • Auto-calculations: Gusto keeps tracks of changing tax laws and does your taxes for you.
  • Online workers' comp: You can set up and sign your business's workers comp policy 100% online, then pay as you go.

Gusto Implementation

Gusto Customer Success

Gusto has a help center where the team is available Monday through Friday from 7am to 4pm PT.

Gusto Key Integrations

Gusto syncs with most accounting software, such as Quickbooks and FreshBooks, as well as time tracking software like When I Work and 7shifts.

What to be aware of

Gusto Pricing

Gusto's pricing starts with their Concierge plan. This includes the full-service payroll for all 50 states of the US and starts at $12 per person per month plus a $149 monthly base price. As you move forward, Gusto's plans become more expensive but offer things like benefits and document management.

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Gusto Alternatives

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Industry-specific PEO services

PEO - Papaya GlobalPapayaGlobal

One platform for payroll, PEOs, and EOR

PEO - GustoGusto

Not PEO but great payroll

PEO - PayChexPayChex

Wide range of services