Implementing a new payroll software system can be a daunting task. There are some standard steps to anticipate when setting up the software system, regardless of which payroll system you choose to use. One crucial step during the setup process is deciding whether to set up multiple companies/employers in separate databases or to combine them. This decision can greatly affect how you view and analyze your payroll data, so it is important to take some time to consider which option is right for you and your business. Learn more about which database setup may be right for your company.

When setting up your new software system, be sure to consider what a database means before setting it up in your system. A company/employer is typically defined as a tax entity with financial activity. This allows multiple companies/employers to share a database, if they are part of the same operation. Companies/employers can then share accounts and analyze the combined data. At the same time, each company/employer maintains separate financial records. Be sure you understand how your software handles this before starting to set up your new system.

There may be circumstances that are better suited to setting up separate databases. If you have more than one company and they do not share the same type of activities, share the same type of accounts, or you do not wish to combine data from all companies in an analysis, you may want to consider setting up separate databases, rather than combining them into your payroll system.

When your database is set up correctly, you will be able to quickly pull and analyze your payroll data in a way that is most meaningful to your business.