The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01569

Submission Number:
01569
Commenter:
Gloria Casey
State:
Florida
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
After Christmas, and all the family and house guests left, my house felt empty and I missed the company. And my finances had been strained; after a long career as a flight attendant with a major airline, my pension was affected when the airline claimed bankruptcy and then merged with another airline. The lower pension did not allow for extras such as holidays. Enter Airbnb. I had a beautiful home, with ample room, and I like meeting new people. The additional income was the incentive and made the difference between feeling stressed to feeling comfortable. My children told me about Airbnb, and encouraged me with stories of their experiences. I was initially nervous over being a single woman inviting strangers into my home: I needn't have been. All the people who stayed with me were professional, respectful of my property, and entertaining. Airbnb also offers an excellent support system and assisted me when I wasn't sure of what I was doing. This has opened up a whole new way of life, and of a way of traveling. I also became an ambassador for my community, assuring that people came away from their vacation with a positive view of my area. I am pleased to take credit for two families now relocating and buying homes in the area. The whole experience with Airbnb has been positive and it has a ripple effect on so many levels: it makes traveling more ofte, for so many, very doable. I personally am grateful for the new friendships and, most definitely, the relief in finances. Here is a concept that really works! If I can be of further assistance, or expand further on my experiences, I would be pleased to do so.