The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00400

Submission Number:
00400
Commenter:
Sarah Katula
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I had originally decided to be a host for AIRBNB to supplement my income. I am a divorced mother of 2 children. My child support ended when my last child turned 18. Yet they still live at home over the summers and holidays when they are not away at college. There are many expenses that I need to now on my own take care of (phone bills, car insurance, car maintenence, clothes, food utilities et.). I thought if I took guests into my home, I could off set some of these expenses now that the child support has ended, yet I am still responsible for their care. I have had a few guests so far (I have recently joined) and I have had the most pleasant interactions. This is a wonderful way to meet people and show them your town/city. I think this is idea of opening homes to strangers is a way to "market" your home town, hear people's stories from other places and make connections that add value to people's lives. I'm hoping that the government isn't going to regulate this. Time would be better spent creating equitable and fair child support laws and follow through for single mothers (just a side note).