Doing business in Manhattan?

New York is a funny state; despite being bigger than most, it's defined by a small 13-mile strip of land at its edge. Even if you're based out of Albany or one of the other sizable cities in the area, chances are your work and employees are going to be affected by the Big Apple — and so will their expectations for salaries and benefits.

What's more is that the primary reason so much talent is to be found in New York is the employee-friendly nature of the state — high benefits and other forms of non-monetary compensation abound in addition to versatile HR backbones that make an employee' life easier.

Their gain doesn't have to be your loss, though — nor does "employee-friendly" have to mean "employer-hating." A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can make almost all of the HR headaches go away alongside giving you access to premium benefits and insurance plans for drastically less than you could find them for on the open market.

So without further ado: for businesses in the Empire State, who are the best PEOs? Here's our top 5. Each of them offers excellent HR services, payroll services and benefits programs, but there are few things about each that stand out above the rest.

Please note that due to how PEOs specialize in different client types, this is not a ranked list. Finding out which one best suits your need is as simple as a ten-minute call with Dinsmore/Steele — our form is the only one you need to fill out.

Year founded: 1998
Health carrier: Oxford, United Healthcare
Good for: firms that like clear-cut cost management, locally-minded service options.

Prestige's differentiating factor is that it's one of the few firms that make their admin fees — i.e., profit — very clear. While Dinsmore/Steele does this for all clients beginning a PEO relationship through us, it's nice to work with a PEO that maintains that clarity. This trust makes for an excellent long-term relationship and Prestige offers plenty of excellent HR solutions and benefits plans to justify that.

Year founded: 1992
Health carrier: Oxford, United Healthcare
Top choice for family-owned businesses wanting a PEO that understands them.

Humorously billed as "Your HR friends with Benefits," Abel actually delivers a great deal of value (not like that). A rare family-owned PEO, Abel gets the needs, goals and values of similar companies, but its benefits and HR services are on par with other PEO heavyweights. Customers wanting a tailored, personalized experience will enjoy Abel's "all-person, no menus" support system that helps clients resolve HR issues with minal frustration.

Year founded: 2012
Health carrier: Aetna
Best known for its modern style and intuitive software.

As its more modern name would suggest, Justworks is a fresh newcomer to the field, but don't let their age fool you. In addition to the expected services and benefits programs, Justworks offers a versatile proprietary software solution for managing employees and HR details that is refreshing and modern. Thanks to their software, their approach to HR is a bit more hands-off than other full-service PEOs but the savings and increased control are preferable for some entrepreneurs. And they'll gladly step in and provide support if you need it.

Year founded: 1997
Health carrier: Aetna
Best known among PEOs for being the first to reach out specifically to small businesses.

Founded by a small business owner after he grew frustrated by how difficult getting quality HR and benefits was for non-heavyweights, Extensis has grown into a national group with plenty of resources. Despite their success, they've never forgotten their roots. Clients enjoy personalized service that's invested in their unique situation while gaining access to a "Fortune 500" level of benefits and resources.

Year founded: 2001
Health carrier: Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Lincoln, Guardian, Davis Vision, VSP, Kaiser Permanente
Offers one of the widest selections of benefits options due to numerous relationships with insurance carriers.

As can be seen above, HROi carved out a niche for itself through numerous insurance carrier connections. As a member, you can access a diverse group of benefits programs that are far-reaching should business take you out of New York, and you're certain to find something meeting your idea price points and benefits requirements.

So how do you select a PEO?

Working with Dinsmore/Steele, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that for each of these best New York PEOs we've conducted rigorous examinations of their services. That ensures a baseline quality experience that differs only to your unique needs. To ensure that, we facilitate a one-on-one conversation with a member of the PEO during the introductory period — acting as an informed partner who asks the right questions and works towards better rates than those you'd enjoy going directly to the PEO and negotiating on your own.

You're looking for a PEO to save you time and money. Dinsmore/Steele helps you enjoy those benefits even earlier in the process by reducing it to just one form and negotiating better-than-market prices from our partners working in New York. Your perfect PEO solution is just a few minutes away.

Dinsmore/Steele saves you the hassle by asking for your information just once and getting competitive quotes from over 400 of the world's best PEOs. And on top of the added convenience, PEOs give us better rates because they know there's competition for the quality clients Dinsmore/Steele brings them. Get a quote today.