The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Hello: I am an Airbnb host, and it has made the world of difference in our lives. I am a single mother of 2 daughters, one with severe disabilities. While I make too much to qualify for any assistance, and not enough to make ends meet (there are millions of us in this middle-ground ghost land,) Airbnb has made it possible to make ends meet, including helping to pay for my eldest daughter's college tuition, providing a better future for her, which is what all parents want, right? Without Airbnb's program, and the ability to share my home, our lives would look a lot different, a lot less bright. The income from hosting has made a world a difference, and I am grateful for this service. I think, all in all, people are good. I have not had a single bad experience with any of my guests; on the contrary. I have met new friends while hosting, as well as while traveling, and am happy to be able to share my love for my hometown with others who wish to visit. I have provided accommodations for people doing some wonderful things in the world, like working as interns for global think-tanks, who, otherwise, would not have been able to afford their stay in the Bay Area without the option of Airbnb. The share program has a wide-reaching affect of good in so many directions. I hope that you will recognize this.