Bookkeeping-Essentials.com's
Privacy Policy

Welcome to bookkeeping-essentials.com website policies. This page explains how I conduct business on the internet.

I really want your experience on this site to be enjoyable. My goal is to provide high quality content ...

... and only include links to websites which I believe also provide high quality content. (If you ever find a link where this is not the case, I would appreciate you letting me know.)


Acceptance of Terms

Today, as you are probably aware, there are a lot of rules and regulations that business must operate under. This page exists because of those rules and regulations...

... So please read the terms carefully. 

If you do not agree to Bookkeeping-Essentials.com's privacy policy as posted here on this website, please do not consent to the setting of cookies and the collection and storage of your personally identifiable information.

Your explicit consent indicates acceptance of this privacy policy in its entirety.


Last updated: May 28, 2018

Privacy Policy

At Bookkeeping-Essentials.com we are dedicated to protecting your data and privacy.

We recognize that your privacy is important. This document outlines the types of personal information we receive and collect when you use Bookkeeping-Essentials.com as well as some of the steps we take to safeguard information. We hope this will help you make an informed decision about sharing personal information with us.

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com strives to maintain the highest standards of decency, fairness and integrity in all our operations. Likewise, we are dedicated to protecting our customers', consumers' and online visitors' privacy on our website.


About Our Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that Bookkeeping-Essentials.com stores on your computer, which your browser provides to Bookkeeping-Essentials.com each time you return to the site. We use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their use of our website, and their website access preferences.


Google Analytics Cookies

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com uses Google Analytics to analyze the use of this website. Google Analytics collects demographic and interest data, and generates statistical and other information about website use, by means of cookies. These cookies are kept on your computer. We share this information with Google, which will store and use this information on its servers. Google's privacy policy is available at: https://policies.google.com/privacy. 

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com uses information from Google Analytics to track the number of visits to the website, browsers and operating systems. No personally identifiable information is obtained from these cookies. We use the information that Google Analytics generates relating to our website to create reports about the use of the site. These reports allow us to update the site and improve your usage of it.

If you do not wish your data to be collected via Google Analytics, you can install its opt-out browser extension or add-on ... https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.


Advertising Cookies

We use third-party advertising companies including Google Adsense and to a lesser degree Infolinks (which is in the process of being phased off of this website) to serve ads on our website. These companies use cookies and web beacons in their ads to ascertain how many times you've seen an advertisement. We share this information with these companies, but do not provide them with any personally identifiable information for cookie or web beacon use, so they cannot personally identify you with that information from our website.

You may opt out of personalized ads for over 125 different ad networks. Click here to do that.

Some third-party advertisements are served by Google. Google's cookie enables it to serve ads to our visitors based on their visits to other sites on the Web. You may opt out of personalized ads by visiting the Google ad opt-out page.

This link from Google provides more information about how Google manages data in its ad products.

We have set Google Adsense ads default to non-personalized for EU visitors.


Infolinks Advertising Links

You will see dotted or double underlined links on this site. These links are part of a pay per click advertising program called Infolinks. Infolinks is an In Text advertising service; they take my text and create links within it.

If you hover your mouse over these double underlined links, you will see a small dialog box containing an advertisement related to the text. You can choose to move the mouse away and go on with your browsing, or to click on the box and visit the relevant ad. You can learn more about Infolinks Double Underline Link Ads at www.infolinks.com.

Each time you click on an Infolinks In-Text ad, you are directed to the advertiser’s landing page and I earn advertising revenue; otherwise, when the mouse is moved away from the hyperlink, the bubble disappears.

I am currently trying to phase out this type of advertising but as it is a large site, I may not have found all the pages that have Infolinks content yet.


Affiliate Products and Services 

We receive an affiliate commission for some of the products/services recommended on Bookkeeping-Essentials.com.

The affiliate services platforms we use are eJunkie, Digiresults, ShareASale, DocumentSnap.com, and Sitesell.com.

By clicking on a product or service link, you consent to that platform's use of cookies, as outlined in the link below.


 

How Do I Offer All This Information To You For Free?

As this site accepts affiliate and other forms of compensation, such compensation does not influence the information in this site. I always give my honest opinion, findings, or experience.

It may occur that you do not like a product purchased on my recommendation. I select affiliates who stand behind their products and offer a money back guarantee in the event you are dissatisfied with a purchase.

If I have purchased the product, I let you know. If I haven't purchased the product, I let you know. If I haven't purchased the product but am interested in doing so, I let you know ... because I live on a budget and can't buy everything I want when I want.

I earn income from:

  • visitors to my site clicking ads;
  • home based business owners hiring my virtual bookkeeping services;
  • answering bookkeeping questions from this site;
  • donations to support the ongoing development of this site;
  • direct business advertisements; and
  • affiliate revenue from some products (not all) recommended or sold on this site.

Please note that this site does NOT accept paid intext links. Please contact us if you are interested in advertising on this site.

To avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest and in the spirit of full disclosure, I try to identify all affiliate related reviews to you. But if I slip up, here is my current affiliate listing ... clicking on any link may take you directly to their product sales/order page which resides on their sites or to my site information page:


As previously stated, if you buy something by clicking on one of their text links on this site, I earn a commission.

Please do support my affiliates and recommendations. This site takes time and effort to deliver original content, free, to you. Supporting my affiliates is a WIN-WIN-WIN for you, me, and them. Thank you very much.

One final note ... although not an affiliate, between February 2011 and November 2011, I was employed part-time with the Institute of Professional Bookkeeper's of Canada in Member Services.

P.S. No compensation was given for any visitor feedback on this site.


Refusing Cookies

You can set your browser to accept or refuse all cookies automatically, or notify you when a cookie is being requested. Taking this action should not cause a problem with the continued use of our site. Consult the Help section of your browser for guidance on how to refuse all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is requested.

If you choose to refuse Bookkeeping-Essentials.com's cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the site.


Personally Identifiable Information

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com may collect and use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • To run and operate our site.
  • To display content on the site correctly.
  • To improve customer service.
  • To help us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • To personalize your user experience.
  • To understand how our users as a group use the services and resources provided on our site.
  • To improve our site.
  • To improve our products and services.
  • To run a promotion, contest, survey or other site feature.
  • To send information to you that you agreed to receive about topics we think will be of interest to you.
  • To send periodic emails, which may include electronic newsletters and/or autoresponder series of emails.
  • To respond to your enquiries, questions, and/or other requests.

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com may collect personally identifiable information from you in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when you visit our site, register on the site, or fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features or resources we make available on our site.

Specifically, if you subscribe to our newsletter, we will ask for your first name and will require your email address.

If you complete a form, we will require your name and your email address, and will ask for information relevant to the purpose of the form.

If you submit content to us, we will ask for your name and email address. Photos you include with your submission, or details in your submission, may personally identify you.

If you request to be notified about comments on any content you submit to us, or request to be notified when others submit content, we will require your first name and your email address.

If you purchase a product or service from us, we will collect your name, email address, billing address and credit card number.

This site lets you share content with your friends and followers on various social media platforms. Here are links to the privacy policies of Facebook and Twitter.

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com may  use Facebook commenting in the future. Facebook stores all of your comments and may show them on your timeline, depending on your Facebook setting.

You can always refuse to supply personally identifiable information and visit our site anonymously. However, it may prevent you from engaging in certain site-related activities.

If we make material changes in the collection of personally identifiable information, we will inform you by placing a notice on our site. We will use personal information received from you for internal purposes only and will not sell it or provide it to third parties.

We also collect each visitor's IP address, which helps us combat spam and fraud. We do not use IP addresses for any other purpose.

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com contains links to other websites that may be of interest to you. However, once you have used them to leave our site, we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide while visiting such sites. These sites are not governed by this privacy statement. Always exercise caution by reviewing the privacy statement of the website in question before continuing to use it.

 

Non-personally Identifiable Information

We may collect non-personally identifiable information about you whenever you interact with our site. Non-personally identifiable information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about your method of connecting to our site, such as the operating system and the Internet service provider you used, and other similar information.


Children's Privacy Protection

This website is directed to adults. It is not directed to children under the age of 16. We operate our site in compliance with current regulations. Anyone under the age of 16 must provide parental consent to use this site. We do not knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from anyone under 16 years of age.


Release of Information

If we sell Bookkeeping-Essentials.com, the information we have obtained from you through your voluntary participation in our site may transfer to the new owner as a part of the sale so that the service provided to you may continue. In that event, you will receive notice through our website of that change in control and practices, and we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that the purchaser honors any opt-out requests you might make.


Data Storage

Personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information collected by this site is stored on our host's servers. That host is SiteSell Inc., located at 1000 Saint-Jean Boulevard, Suite 702, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5P1 Canada.

Some information is collected by third-party services. These include PayPal.


How You Can Correct or Remove Information

We provide this privacy policy as a statement to you of our commitment to protect your personally identifiable information. If you have submitted personally identifiable information through our website and would like to update that information or have it deleted from our records, click on this link (which is not available yet but will be soon). In the interim, please use our Contact Us page.

You can also request to edit, download or delete any of your information from the servers by clicking on that link when it becomes available.


Updates and Effective Date

Bookkeeping-Essentials.com reserves the right to make changes in this policy. If there is a material change in our cookie and privacy practices, we will indicate on our site that those practices have changed and provide a link to the updated privacy policy. We encourage you to periodically review this policy so that you will know what information we collect and how we use it.


Policy on Reproduction of Information on this Site

Reproduction of information found on Bookkeeping Essentials is not permitted without written permission. You are, however, welcome to link to any page from your website. 

If you are going to use the material on this to write your own original web page content, please site your source, acknowledge Bookkeeping-Essentials.com and proivde a link back to the article you used as your reference. You will notice throughout the site that we take the time to let readers know the source of "our knowledge".

Do you think the content on your site would benefit my site visitors? We love high quality, relevant content. Contact us and let's see if we can work something out.


QuickBooks ProAdvisor® Program Member

It is understood that references made on this website to QuickBooks, QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor are registered trademarks and/or registered service marks of Intuit Inc.

Use of, or references to QuickBooks® software does NOT mean Lakeshore Bookkeeping Services or bookkeeping-essentials.com are “Officially Endorsed by”, “Authorized by”, or formally “Partnered” with Intuit, or that I am an employee or representative of Intuit ... in other words, Lakeshore Bookkeeping Services or bookkeeping-essentials.com are not agents or representatives of Intuit.

Lakeshore Bookkeeping Services acknowledges that Intuit makes no claims on behalf of me or my company as to the quality of the products or services offered.

Screen shots used throughout this website are used purely for educational or illustrative purposes. It is understood that these screen shots are the intellectual property of Intuit ... any commentary or other text analysis added is attributable to Lakeshore Bookkeeping Services, and not to Intuit.


Legal Disclaimer
Information is NOT Advice

I attempt to gather the information for this site from, what I believe to be, reliable sources and my own experience. I welcome your comments with regards to correcting errors or omissions. Please be aware, I am not a certified accountant (CA, CGA, CMA) and am not engaged in nor provide review or audit services.

The content on this site is intended for general information purposes only. Laws and regulations pertaining to tax and (to a lesser degree) accounting change frequently. It's important you understand that their application is dependent upon your specific circumstances. As I am Canadian and studied in Canada, what I present are Canadian practices. These practices may or may not be similar to your country's practices.

As U.S. private small business bookkeeping practices are very similar to Canada's, and due to looking for answers for some of my customers regarding the U.S. and online purchases, I began including my research notes for the U.S. on the site. Please be aware that I do not perform bookkeeping for any U.S. clients.

The content of this website is not intended to constitute legal, accounting, or tax advice; or opinions on any specific matters. Users of information provided on this website are responsible for the consequences and results of their own actions. You should not act or rely on this information without engaging professional advice prior to using this site content for any reason whatsoever.

Also, to ensure compliance with United States IRS Circular 230 Disclosure requirements, please note that any U.S. tax information contained in this website is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed under United States federal, state or local tax law.

This site is operated by L. Kenway dba Lakeshore Bookkeeping Services. By using this site, you understand that L. Kenway dba Lakeshore Bookkeeping Services assumes no liability or responsibility for the accuracy or your use of the website contents or any links to third parties.

I have made every attempt to state ownership of copyrighted material contained on this website. However, if I have erred or omitted, I would certainly welcome any information to correct my references. Please note that referencing or partial reproductions of copyright works does not infer an affiliation with the third party or that it is endorsed by the third party.



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