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Small Business Owners Immersed in Mobile

Survey: 80% Leveraging Mobile Technology for Work

GLENVIEW, IL–(Marketwired – October 03, 2014) – Mobile use is becoming increasingly prevalent for small businesses, as 80 percent of SurePayroll customers with 1-10 employees said they are leveraging mobile technology in their work. As many as one in three small business owners spend 30 percent of their time working on a mobile device, according to a recent survey. One in 10 use their mobile device 50 percent of the time, and on the opposite side of the spectrum, 16 percent don’t do any work on a tablet or smartphone.

SurePayroll, a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses since 2000 has tens of thousands of small business customers nationwide who leverage their services via their smartphones and payroll and paycheck apps for both Apple and Android devices.

…straight from the mobile app

“We see the increase in mobile use from our customers, as many of them do payroll for their businesses straight from our mobile app. And we can all see how our phones are a constant part of our daily lives now. It only makes sense that business owners are using the technology for business a larger percentage of the time,” said SurePayroll Vice President Scott Brandt.

The survey also asked small business owners, primarily those with 1-10 employees, if they use Apple or Android devices for business purposes. Of those surveyed, 58 percent said they use Apple for work and 32 percent said they use Android devices. It’s a sharp contrast mobile globally, as a Business Insider study found Android had a 78 percent share of all users. Only 1.6 percent in the SurePayroll survey said they use Blackberry and just half of 1 percent use the new Amazon smartphone.

“We asked people why they used the platform they chose and with Apple, the word that came up over and over again was ‘easy.’ Small business owners tend to be responsible for so many aspects of the business, the more simple and streamlined things are, the better,” said Brandt. “The people who use Android talked more about flexibility, price and compatibility. It really comes down to your comfort level with the different operating systems.”

...Small business owners tend to be responsible for so many aspects of the business

For an embeddable infographic summary of our mobile survey, visit the SurePayroll blog.


About SurePayroll
SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers’ compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers’ compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 580,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2014. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit