The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #00732

Submission Number:
00732
Commenter:
margee aycock
State:
Oklahoma
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have been a host for Airbnb for over a year now. We have long been hosts for traveling musicians who play our living room. We host them for free in the main house, provide an audience for their music and send them on their way with money in their pockets, a good night's sleep and home cooked meal. When I heard about Airbnb I thought it might be a great option for our garage apt. and decided to give it a try to supplement our income. We have since met people from all over the world, Russia, Australia, the UK and of course, people from all over the USA. We leave them a list of all of our favorite places and encourage them to visit our favorite museums, night spots, and restaurants. I love to help support the small businesses that we love by sending our guests their way. With the way Airbnb is set up people can read our profile, see photos of our place and decide if they want to stay with us. We too, have access to their profile and feedback as to whether they are a good guest. Everyone who has asked to stay at our place (who aren't first timers) have always had excellent feedback as to house rules, cleanliness, respectfulness etc. We haven't had a single bad experience. I think Airbnb is a perfect solution for young travelers who may want the protection and guidance of an Airbnb host as we are here for them if needed. I lost my job last year and I decided to call this my job now. I am a host and of course, a maid too ? I have really loved having new neighbors with whom to share my city every weekend. I think Airbnb helps build community on a more global level. It creates good will and spreads the kindness both ways.