The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I am writing to let you know about the positive impact of the sharing economy on my life. My parents built a charming cottage by hand starting in 1950. They enjoyed it, shared with friends, raised us kids there, guiding us to become the sailors that we are today. In the last two and a half years, both of my parents died of natural causes, of the Alheimers type. I was their primary caregiver. Mom died in the cottage and dad lived there until 4 months before he died last July. The cottage is their legacy and my sister's and my connection to our parents. We will own it soon and in order to keep it, will be hosting through Airbnb to help us pay the taxes. If not for this option, we could possibly rent it out full time to a renter, but that would mean entrusting it to someone else and not having access ourselves. The Airbnb options allows us to choose to host guests until we have made the money to pay our taxes, and then be able to enjoy it, and share it, and take our families and neighbors out on the sailboat - sharing and continuing the legacy of our mom and dad. A legacy that is deeply meaningful and heals much of the hurt that remains from the decade of witnessing their decline and passing. I believe that Americans need all the options available to us in order to be creative and self-reliant. Airbnb, and the sharing economy makes this a practical and joyful possibility.