The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00469

Submission Number:
00469
Commenter:
Karen Kozak
State:
Arizona
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Thank you for the opportunity to share..... I am a single mom of 2 boys. I drive 100 miles a day to get them to 2 different schools and me to work. I do not receive alimony and rely on my salary from the 501c3 whom I am employed by and Airbnb to maintain the roof over our heads and get our bills paid. I do not have to leave my home for a 2nd job to do this. Airbnb has offered me an incredible opportunity to be at home with my family and run this tiny business, that is oh so important to sustain our daily living. I am actually going to the doctor as I can pay for care for myself. (my deductible is high!) My income from Airbnb allows me enough breathing room to do this. I promote to my customers the businesses in my immediate neighborhood as well as throughout the state. I provide a safe, clean and comfortable environment to my guests. Emotionally, I get to live a little bit vicariously through my guests from other parts of the world, which in this time of budget constraints, I cannot travel like I would love to do. My guests expose my children to people from other parts of the world, which I feel is extremely important for their personal growth and understanding of other cultures and ways of life. Airbnb keeps my family safe by their methods of background information on new guests and hosts. I feel most comfortable being able to get my own feel for a potential guest and make the ultimate decision, whether or not they will stay in my home. I have not had a bad experience yet and I am grateful every day with the ease of bringing in a bit more income in this way. This again, teaches my boys that we all have to do whatever it takes to make ends meet. Just over dinner last night, we had a family discussion about how lucky we are. It's not how much we have, but making the most and best of what we do have. They agreed that we have most all that we need and I have, in large part, Airbnb to thank for that. It allows another choice to consumers and allows them to become more immersed in the culture of our city. For me, it is the financial bridge that I needed to be able to afford to stay in our home. Submitted respectfully by: Karen Kozak Airbnb Superhost Phoenix, AZ 85018