The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
When in winter of 2013, my husband asked for a divorce, I was left, at age 75, with a beautiful home and acres of woodland. I was also left with a significant increase in associated expenses that my small private business could not support. By chance, at around the same time,I heard of Airbnb as a means of letting others know what I could share in exchange for income. Right away I began to turn my former husband's offices into a lovely suite of rooms with a view. Since then, I have met wonderful, interesting people from all over the world and earned enough money to meet my additional expenses. I was already working at my energetic capacity in my business, but by sharing the space I already had I could meet my responsibilities and enrich my life in many ways. In addition, my guests have contributed to our small rural town's economy by patronizing our local restaurants, maple syrup producers, artisans, library, and parks. We all benefit.