The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01623

Submission Number:
01623
Commenter:
Sheri Furlott
State:
District of Columbia
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I have been active as a host with Airbnb for nearly three years. What started as a hobby and a fun way to meet people from all over the world has turned into decent supplemental income. Initially this income just translated into extra spending money for trips. Come July, however, my job as a public educator is going to be cut to part time which means I will have to rely on my supplemental income to actually help pay my bills. I have known this change was coming to my job for the past year so it has given me time to experiment with my Airbnb listing, make some upgrades to my home, and build up my "business" in anticipation of getting cut back in the school system. In sum, my experience with Airbnb has been excellent both in terms of the guests I've hosted, and the service I've received from the company. Apart from the occasional glitches with the website, I feel this organization provides a wonderful opportunity that meets the needs of everyone involved in a safe, friendly, and convenient manner. Hosts are able to rent as much or as little as they like depending on their needs and desires, guests have an awesome range of accommodations to choose from, and the whiz kids who started this great entrepreneurial adventure have been justly rewarded. It's a win-win-win all the way around!