The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00385

Submission Number:
00385
Commenter:
Carolyn Phillips
State:
Texas
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My husband and I have been Airbnb hosts in Fort Worth, TX for a little over a year now. We love traveling, and while we are at home, we have travel come to us through Airbnb guests! When we became hosts, we never thought we would have as many guests as we have had, but we are so glad we have had so many great experiences. By sharing an extra bedroom in our home on Airbnb, we are able to meet new people, exchange stories, share in different cultural experiences, and most importantly create less strangers in the world by encouraging hospitality, kindness and acceptance of all people. Airbnb has also enabled us to make extra money that has helped us increase our mortgage payments so that we can pay our principal down faster. Airbnb has become a part of our path to financial freedom as we are young, middle-class Americans working full-time jobs and have a small specialty food business of our own as well. We love hosting through Airbnb, and have never felt unsafe. Airbnb messaging tools ensure that we get to know the people we choose to share our home with. We are able to build trust with our guests before they arrive and welcome familiar faces into our home. For our family, Airbnb isn't about amassing transactions to make money (though that's nice), it's much more about building relationships that create meaningful experiences. Airbnb is about strengthening communal connections, and the strength of our communities sum up to the strength of our country. Thanks for your consideration, Carolyn Phillips