The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01882

Submission Number:
01882
Commenter:
Erb
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My Airstream sat unused much of the time. I still had a mortgage on it. Wondering what could I do to keep it and to justify it I thought, what would be a way to offset the expense of ownership and maintenance. Well, a relative passing through on there way to an Airbnb cottage in Portland suggested I check out the website. Wow, I thought! This is the answer to my dilemma. What I didn't know was how important this would become to making a very basic living. Within a month of getting it ready with proper electric outlets, a sewer line and a business license, I was informed my job of 25 years was to be downsized. My original plan of paying the mortgage was now going to be critical for paying the bills. Not yet in a position to retire or take a pay cut for that matter and pushing 50 at a career that was a very unique niche and skills acquired there not necessarily transferable, I was able to get by without taking unemployment and leaving those funds for someone truly without anything. I so love this service, the guests who broaden our horizons and whom we help with a clean, safe local experience. This sharing business is helping many and our local economies too. I'm gaining new skills for entrepreneurship and can eventually employ others.