The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
In my early 50's, I found myself divorced with two children who wanted us to stay in our home. I make a good income, however, the house we live in is over 100 years old. Maintenance costs are high, making staying more difficult than if I lived in a newer home. This is the home my sons were born and raised in, so it has provided stability for us all through a very painful divorce and transition. I have a detached garage apartment, so decided to fix it up and possibly rent it out to offset some of the maintenance fees. And then I found Airbnb. It allows me to open my home up to people who I would otherwise, never meet. And provides a comfortable place for guests to stay for the cost (or less) of hotel, with more conveniences of a home. Airbnb's website is so great in how it is based on trust - guests and hosts are able to connect before deciding whether it is a fit for both parties. At the end of the stay, guest and hosts review each other. This provides a great reference for travelers and hosts alike. Airbnb is a wonderful to connect people and homes, and is such a blessing to our family as well. We really have enjoyed our guests.