The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01528

Submission Number:
01528
Commenter:
Colleen Garibaldi
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
AirBnB has had a very positive impact on my life and I'd like to share my story with you. I am a long-time homeowner and active member of my community. Two years ago I left my job to work for myself. Nearly a year ago, I signed to host with AirBnB, giving me the opportunity to generate income for basic living expenses such as my mortgage while I build my business as a self-employed artist. I have enjoyed tremendously getting to know the wonderful and interesting people who have come here -- and the diversity is fabulous! I've hosted visiting students, doctors, lawyers, parents, fellow artists, tourists, you name it! I am deeply invested in my home, having lovingly renovated it over the last 14 years. I am also deeply invested in my community through volunteer work on events such as local river clean up, ardently advocating on local development issues and, with neighbors, transforming an asphalt parking lot into a community garden and park. I love sharing my home and community with others and AirBnB has allowed me to not only share this passion with visitors but has allowed me to remain in my home through the income earned by hosting. I also love the combination of independence and "safe marketplace" of this platform which allows both guests and hosts to book with comfort through verified IDs, third party messaging prior to booking thus keeping your contact information hidden until a reservation is accepted, and acting as the financial go-between. I look forward to continuing as an AirBnB host and believe that the Commission can look to this company as an example of a successful, valuable sharing-economy model.