The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I live in the Richmond Beach section of Shoreline, Washington about 20 minutes north of Seattle. I am 69 years old. I am semi retired having spent 16 years caring for my husband who had Alzheimer's. My income is mainly from a small pension and social secutity. At my age the options for obtaining work are limited. I lived in a floating home in Seattle prior to moving here. I loved it but could not afford to continue to live there. Airbnb is an important supplement to my income. I would have to sell this house if I did not have that income. As a widow I am somewhat isolated. Airbnb puts me in contact with people of all ages. My guests spend money at the local restaurants and then go into Seattle and spend money there as well. I hire a local cleaner who has her own business. Travel is more affordable for my clients than it would be if they had to pay for a hotel. When I have traveled I have chosen to home exchange, rent, or use Airbnb. Staying in a home allows you to be part of the community and is so much more comfortable and pleasant than a motel or hotel. Many of my guests are visiting family in the surrounding community and my home is closer to their relative's home than any motel would be. I feel quite comfortable with Airbnb's screening and review procedures. It is more extensive than that provided by the home exchange services that I used when my husband and I traveled together.