The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00440

Submission Number:
00440
Commenter:
Brian Marchetti
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I was an actor for many years, living in NYC. A few years ago I decided to go back to school to pursue a more stable career and around the same time I began listing my apartment on AirBnB. AirBnB helped to allow me to continue to live in NYC while working part-time and attending school. By simply opening up my apartment at times when I was already out of town, or when I had breaks from school, I was able to make more money than if I picked up extra shifts at my other jobs. I graduated yesterday from school and am on the job hunt for a full-time job in my career field. AirBnB is, again, allowing me to continue to support myself while living in NYC. In fact, I am writing this from my parents home in Washington DC while I have guests at my apartment in NYC. This rental will be able to cover almost two whole months of my living costs! For an unemployed, recent graduate, this is HUGE. Do I plan on using AirBnB forever? No, but at a time when it is a struggle to find a job and to live in NYC, AirBnB has given me the option to stay. I will forever be indebted to AirBnB for the opportunities they have provided me in this way.