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Gusto and OnPay are leading online payroll services for small and growing businesses. Both provide a comprehensive selection of features that make managing payroll effortless, fast and cost-efficient. While many of the features of the two platforms are similar, there are distinct differences and varying pricing options between the two.

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Both Gusto and OnPay are great options and made our list of small businesses’ best payroll processing services . This guide takes a closer look at each of the vendors, reviewing features, prices, customer service, advantages and disadvantages to help you select the best payroll service for your organization.

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What is Gusto?

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Gusto is an online payroll and HR platform for growing businesses. With Gusto, companies can more easily manage payroll, onboard new employees, provide benefits and comply with applicable regulations.

Gusto offers a contractor-only plan, which is helpful for companies that don’t need the full suite of services provided by other plans. Gusto also offers employee self-onboarding capabilities and integrations to allow businesses to manage their payrolls more efficiently. The company’s full-service plans include additional features such as time tracking, tax filing, garnishment processing, direct deposit, and time off requests and approval.