A Career in Sharing

My lovely airbnb hostess and her dog
My lovely airbnb hostess and her dog

I’m currently in Tahoe, renting a room in a condo I found on airbnb. My hostess is a lovely ski instructor at Heavenly who also has another part-time job. Interestingly, she said that renting a room out on airbnb constitutes her largest source of income.

It’s hard for hotels to compete with airbnb. Hotel rates charge an added tax, and have the overhead costs of being subject to fire, safety, and health regulations. Revenue from airbnb rentals are supposedly subject to the same tax rates that local hotels pay, but it’s difficult to police that.

Beyond offering living spaces within their homes, people are generating income by acting as cab drivers, running errands, or renting out their cars. Or introducing others to new activities using smopf! Adding up all these sharing services can be enough to supplant a real job, and there is so much left to share.

Will you leave your job to join the sharing economy? –VentureBeat


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