The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My husband and I own a five-bedroom house in San Luis Obispo, California. After the 2008 econocmic downturn, we were both forced to "think outside the box" to pay the bills. My husband was laid off from his job in architecturual design, so he followed his dream to open a small comic book shop downtown. I decided to ditch my low-paying job at a local paper and became a freelance writer, working from home. It has been a struggle, but with the help of air bnb, we have been able to follow our dreams and take control of our lives. We host 1-4 people per weekend, and we enjoy meeting these folks. Of course, we also make some extra funds that go toward paying for the house and bills. Our guests do not in any way disturb our neighborhood and they have the added plus of bringing tourism dollars to our area. These folks come for the wineries and eateries, and now they have a more personal (often cheaper) option than the traditional hotel. This is my experience and I hope you will weigh it along with the thousands of others you are no doubt looking through. Air bnb has brought an added value to our lives and we pay taxes on the money we bring in. I hope you will consider folks like us, who rely on this kind of service to make ends meet.