6 Free or Affordable HR Software Systems for Small Firms

Every start up or small business reaches a size when it needs to move from its excel file, people management system to a professional HR system. Organizations used to put this off as long as possible because in truth HR systems used to be geared towards the mid size and larger market and were priced accordingly and were simply not cost effective for fledgling firms.

This has all changed thanks to global competition and software as a service, which has led to there being an array of HR systems on the market which can be used on a pay as you go basis, and which are free (under certain conditions), or at least cost effective.

This means that there are a range of HR systems that are on the market which are perfectly practicable for small fledgling businesses. And, so if you are looking for a new HR system to suit a small business, I have listed 6 HR systems that are useful for small business.

6 Free or Affordable HR Software Systems for Small Business in 2015

1.Staff Squared. Comes with a 14 day free trial, and is a user friendly, web based HR system for small business and starts at £15 a month for firms of up to 5 staff. Flexible contracts. No set up fees.

2.Zoho People. This is an extremely affordable, user friendly, fully featured scalable HR system which is web based and totally free for organizations with 9 or less employees. Prices start at $190 a year for 10 employee logins, which works out at about £1 a month per employee,  making this a great entry level HR solution for small business. Includes a timesheet.

3. StaffTRAK HR Database and Dashboard This is an innovative and affordable Excel Based HR system designed for small companies with up to around 20 to 30 staff who don’t want the hassle and expense of subscription software. This small smart Excel HR template comes loaded with time saving macros and formulas, to manage staff information and report on HR Key Performance Indicators at fraction of the cost of subscription software.  It will give you an up-to-date view of your employee performance, attendance levels, average tenure and many other KPIs. Click here to find out more.

4.PeopleHR.com. This is another affordable fully fledged HR system for small business, costing from £1 per employee per month for the entry level option and £3 per employee per month for all the bells and whistles. It’s very intuitive, user friendly and contains modules for: personnel data warehousing, performance appraisals, attendance management and hiring.

5. Cezanne HR is a full service, online HR software system. It’s priced to sell to mid-sized and growing UK and international businesses, with the ability to scale up to enterprises with several thousand employees. It has a very convenient and flexible modular pricing system with the monthly fee automatically adjusted to reflect the modules taken and the actual number of active employees you hold in the system. The core system covers ‘people, training and HR portal’, with additional modules such as: absence, performance, time and recruitment, all for a reasonable price (including international capabilities and several language translations). They are continuously improving the system, making two major feature releases each year and minor releases almost monthly. Definitely worth a close look.

6.CakeHR. This is another user friendly and fully featured HR system. It’s core features includes: HR database,  attendance management system, employee on-boarding and off-boarding and 360 degree performance management system. Try it now.



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