The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00515

Submission Number:
00515
Commenter:
patricia komlenic
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I live in a remote mountain area where I own a small food truck business and a log cabin. There are not enough people in my area to make the food truck profitable but by renting out part of my cabin thru Air BNB I have been able to generate enough income to pay the utility bills and keep the fees paid to stay in business. It has been a godsend to me in my area as the guests profile are there for me to review and the payment is done via the website so I don't have to deal with getting money or haggling price. I need this extra bit of income and I need the social contact of others as well. They also are sometimes customers for my food truck and that helps that business. This is a huge help to someone like me in an area with few jobs and few people to support my efforts to start a small business..please help support this wonderful innovation which has made my life so much better. One added bonus is I can hire a local person tho help me clean and upgrade my property for guests something I could not afford do do without the small income I get from Air BnB.. I am on older widow living alone in the mountains and this has been a life saver for me..I have no idea how I could continue without this opportunity. Please support this wonderful opportunity for my economic security. Patricia Gay Komlenic