The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Dear Attendees, I would like to take this opportunity to address the need for a better understanding of the sharing economy. I began to rent an additional room in my home when I found myself un employed and basically trying to survive and eat on my un employment benefits. It was hard to even fathom of bringing in unknown persons into your home as a guest. It was a learning experience and also provided me with additional income to pay the basic necessities in my home. This has changed my life forever and feel the need to continue "sharing" my home with strangers for a modest amount of money regardless if my I am working and no longer need to have people visit my home because I am financially stable. The experience of meeting new people every week, sharing breakfast, dinners and casual conversations in my living room is priceless. When I want to have alone time I simply block dates on my calendar and enjoy my home to myself. If I have friends coming to visit I simply block my calendar again. The sharing economy is a human approach to generating income as well as taking time to share with persons that you might no have never crossed path in life. I have met the most interesting persons from all parts of the world. Have laughed, cried, prayed and even given taken them to my family gatherings from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It is about people feeling they belong in your home. For some of my guests at the time to depart it has been with tears and hugs, because perhaps, our paths might not cross again in life. I would like to end by saying that, had I not begun selling all my valuables in my home in order to buy food and pay my utilities. i would not have met the amazing girl who bought my antique Louis Vuitton steam trunk and luggage set. I would not have ever heard about Airbnb had she not come to my home. She inquired why I was selling all these items that looked so nice in my home and told her the truth about my financial situation. She then spoke to me about Airbnb and this crazy idea of renting out my extra room to a unknown person. Well! it wasn't so crazy after four years of sharing my home I don't have plans of stopping and eternally grateful to this sweet girl that walked away with my luggage set.