We like Excel workbook templates because they do so much of the work for you by integrating a variety of tools and features directly into your spreadsheets; all you need to do is enter the data. Small Business Friendly's Basics Payroll State 2013 is a good example. It can calculate withholding for state taxes on your payroll and even print the paychecks. It generates a variety of reports you can use with your business taxes or planning. It prints top-quality, professional-looking checks and stubs in "Top Check Format" style and retains weekly or bi-weekly processed payroll data for a year (we recommend saving it separately, too). Basics Payroll State 2013 is free, but you have to register to use it. Registration involves answering three simple questions (your city and state, your industry, and whether you have used Basics Payroll State 2013 before) and no personal data is shared, according to the developer.
Small businesses have few advantages, so it's great to find one like Basics Payroll State 2013. It takes a tool you already have, Excel, and turns it into a flexible payroll processing tool.