The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I took early retirement from FedEx fully expecting I'd be able to find a job in Hawaii. Although extremely successful as a sales professional at Fedex, dealing with customers all day long, i was unable to even get a job at Starbucks, applying 5 times. So, I decided to try my hand at real estate. I never heard about the sharing economy until I first heard of Airbnb.com. Renting out rooms in my home provides me the security I need to supplement my Social Security. The Airbnb.com platform works perfectly for me. Without Airbnb.com I would have to rely on platforms like Craigslist, which is wought with scammers. My Craigslist experience was awful. Airbnb.com acts as a buffer between the guests and myself, as host, giving us both a sense of security. I receive payment direct to my bank account the day after check in. I should say I'm also on VRBO.COM, which has the same model, but I get more guests on Airbnb.com. I have friends who use Uber, instead of a taxi, and love that service. With so many jobs moving overseas, I believe the sharing economy is a vital part for many people like myself to help make ends meets. Please do not make laws overly restricting this new economy.