The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01430

Submission Number:
01430
Commenter:
Susan Johnson
State:
Minnesota
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
As a full time math teacher in a public school, my salary does not cover house payments, car payments, groceries, etc. I needed a second job, but once again, as a teacher, I also need to be flexible so as to grade papers, help students, chaperon events, and continue to work on the credits I need to renew licenses. Airbnb gives me the flexibility I need to earn some extra money with my hard work. This is free enterprise at its best. I pay taxes on any money earned by renting a room for a night at my house, and my customers get the freedom of having a nice quiet space to relax. I live in a college town for which there are not enough hotel rooms during the two or three peak times like graduation, and hotels do not want to invest in more rooms when the other times of the year they would not be filled. I do not cook for my guests because I just have a home kitchen, so there should not be a problem with that. As a US citizen, I need the freedom to be able to earn extra money in legal ways that are flexible as long as I am willing to take on the extra work. This area of work called airbnb is similar to people taking on a private yard care job or a babysitting job. Private people offering a service. Susan Johnson, Northfield, MN