HR · Outsourcing

Best HR company to outsource to?

Corey Schwartz President at

April 18th, 2016

We're an early stage tech company and we're just starting to scale.  I've hired 3 people in three days and there are more coming.  I know if left to my own devices, I will definitely screw up filing our payroll taxes.  For us it has to be outsourced... At least I know my weaknesses.  The staff, as in all of the staff is commission based where they are paid on the number of files the open/process/fund/underwrite.  Many of them work from home and they are geographically spread out.  It is possible that an employee goes a payperiod or two without pay especially if there is a downturn or someone upstream from them was slacking off.  So I'd like to hear your suggestions for companies I should talk to take this on.  PLEASE DO NOT RECOMMEND YOUR OWN FIRM.  

John Butler Founder and President at Quantumcyte, Inc, Director of Process Development at Stanford University School of Medicine

April 18th, 2016

I have heard the TriNet is decent. Never used them though.

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I am doing the package for the startup company.

Dustin Dellera Fighting Burn Rate for Scaling Organizations

April 19th, 2016

Hi Corey, Ive been in this space for 10 years. You mention outsourcing HR and then just payroll taxes. There are hundreds of firms that can help with all aspects of HR (payroll included) and some where you can hand over employer liability through a co-employment arrangement (PEO Professional Employer Organization). If you want my take on companies you should look at (including my employer and others) please reach out. For your particular question: "The staff, as in all of the staff is commission based where they are paid

Joseph Wang Chief Science Officer at Bitquant Research Laboratories

April 18th, 2016

For anything less than 10 people, an HR firm is probably overkill.  I did my payroll services through Wells Fargo Bank, and was very satisfied by their system.

Lesa Hammond Co-founder & CEO ProfHire, Inc.

April 18th, 2016

I've been in HR for 20 years and when it was time for our start-up ProfHire to hire employees, I went with Gusto (, because I know what a mess it can be if you screw up on taxes, worker's comp, etc. I have been very happy with them. They send reminders of when it is time to do payroll, etc. Gusto used to be ZenPayroll before Zenefit took over the Zen space.
By the way, you really don't need a PEO or an HR firm. (Gusto charges something like $9 a month per employee.)

JOHN LAURO Recruiter/Vending Machine Provider

April 18th, 2016

Frank Vacaro is the best.He was the former President of C R R S they were publicly trading staffing company. He not only professional but the best human being you will ever meet.His profile is on linkedin. His cell number is 508 579 9837.He is with Masis Staffing now plusopening offices all over the USA. Please tell him that I sent you to him.all the best /John Lauro.

Erik Pavelka Advisor at Multiple Companies & Start-Ups

April 18th, 2016

We utilized Algentis for many years.  They not only do the onboarding, but are a full HR firm, including coordinating and administering benefits, payroll, terminations, and so on.  

They also provide an "official" HR function in the case when an employee needs to speak with an unbiased party.

John Arroyo Delivering ecommerce and cloud applications, CEO of Arroyo Labs

April 18th, 2016

+1 for gusto, been extremely happy with them and we went through a couple.

Algentis and Justworks ( are worth a look as well.  Both are PEO providers.

If you go with a PEO do a little research and make sure it's the right model for your company.  Trinet also uses the PEO model.  Gusto is the best non-PEO for start ups and SMBs that I have found.

Navneet (Ricky) Advisor at Totally Square Records

April 19th, 2016

Hi Corey - It's too early for you to hire just HR, but maybe you should look for an office manager who can help you manage office and HR. Additionally, try to utilize more tech to do your work. Good luck! Ricky

Randi Brenowitz Principal at Brenowitz Consulting

April 19th, 2016

G2 Insurance in San Francisco handles all HR items in addition to benefits and insurance.  I don't believe you have to be an insurance customer to get the HR package.  They're great guys and easy to work with