The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00463

Submission Number:
00463
Commenter:
Dan Gerst
State:
South Carolina
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Hi, I would like to let you know that Airbnb has allowed my wife and I to share the space left in our home after our children moved out. Airbnb has helped us to become more entrepreneurial and helped us to start a small energy efficiency business. I like the way Airbnb takes care of all the financial aspects, so hosts are not put in the position of demanding payment from their guests. They also create safety for the host and the guest by encouraging hosts to rate guests and visa versa. This also helps to create a trusting relationship with the guests. The Airbnb messaging tools help hosts get to know their guests without having to divulge personal information. Airbnb is an important option for middle class families in America to earn extra money to fix up their homes. Guests also generate sustainable, local economic activity that supports small businesses in communities across the country.