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Step-by-step walkthrough of how to make a paycheck using Intuit Quickbooks
There aren't a lot of free paycheck calculators on the web that are created and maintained by a large organization with expertise in completing payrolls. Probably the best I've found is the Intuit one.
In a lot of ways, a paycheck is like a mini-tax return, so the things you need to calculate a paycheck are somewhat the same as completing taxes. You'll need to know how many dependents you claim, how much extra you like taken out of your check, and a few other things.
Finding free check stub software isn't as easy as it looks. Part of the reason is because it's all inked together so much with the rest of an accounting system. For instance, when you take out FICA for an employee you have to write a check for the other part -- the part you didn't take out. Everything in a paycheck is connected to something else. While you might be able to find something to physically write a check, it's very doubtful that it's going to contain all the other stuff. It might just make matters much, much worse for you. Instead of free, it's better to find the cheapest software you can. Remember that you can get into a lot of trouble if you fool around writing paychecks and computing payroll without knowing what you are doing.
If you'd just like to compute the gross amount of pay that is owed, it's fairly simple: create a chart with hours worked on the right and hourly rate across the top. Then for each cell compute the rate times the hours. This is easy to do if you have a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel. If you are on a budget and can't afford Excel, you can use Google docs for free to do the same thing. In some cases, the people who work with you might be considered independent consultants. You need to talk to a lawyer or accountant to figure out if they are or not. But if they are, then a simple chart like this might be all you need.