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Gusto is an online HR services tool designed to simplify the complex and tedious processes involving payroll, benefits, and HR for modern businesses. It won our Expert’s Choice Award for 2017 as well as the Supreme Software Award for the same year.

The app also delivers a solid set of payroll features, coupled with an unusually well-designed user interface, and innovation and automation functionalities that impress even experts. Plus, businesses get to use it at a fair price tailored to their exact needs.

Gusto states that the company’s mission is to simplify complicated business processes such as HR, benefits, and payroll for modern companies. This company’s software is used by more than 60,000 companies nationwide and it has offices in San Francisco and Denver.

What does it offer? To start with, Gusto provides payroll, 401(k), and workers’ comp insurance nationwide. Health benefits are available in 17 states, with more coming: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Built mainly for small businesses, the platform is also capable of automating the calculation, payment, and submission of a company’s payroll taxes at whatever government level. In the meanwhile, it will ensure that businesses can pay through bank deposit or check options, automate calculations, year-end forms, and taxation to avoid critical errors, and save even more time to handle bookkeeping on its own.

Gusto’s monthly price starts at $39 base plus $6 per person for full-service payroll. This includes new hire reporting, direct deposit, year-end W-2s and 1099s, unlimited payroll runs, off-cycle, and bonus payrolls, and more. You don’t need to sign a long-term contract and are free to suspend your account at any time. You can also add on health insurance, 401(k), other benefits, and HR tools to manage your team.

Gusto also offers a 1-month free trial which starts after you run your first payroll. If you need help, you can contact the company’s customer support agents via phone, email, or chat. They are based in Denver and San Francisco and provide assistance Monday through Friday, 6 am to 5 pm Pacific.

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