The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
For my husband and I (unsuccessful at gaining employment at ages of 55+) Airbnb has given us the opportunity to get some income from part-time renting our guest room. It is not only a way for us to keep paying our mortgage and not go into foreclosure or deplete savings, it's a way for us to try out the hospitality industry and see if we would want to do it full time. Through Airbnb, we meet people from all over the world, guests that we share ideas and our community with: restaurants, museums, sites, parks etc). It's a good feeling knowing we help our local businesses by directing our guests to them. Airbnb is a major part of our income right now since we are not old enough yet for social security. We like that through the Airbnb internet platform we can communicate with a potential guest before saying yes to them, and also how we can design our "product" - flexible cancelation, different pricing for certain seasons, and blocking out certain days when we want a break. We have benefited greatly from the Airbnb service and the support they have given us as hosts. As a micro-entrepeneur… (we only have one room ;-) ) airbnb has been a great experience!