With the recent announcement of my new book and more speaking opportunities about social media for lawyers getting added everyday (schedule to be released soon), it isnt a surprise that I believe the digital sphere is a very prevalent one for everyday life.
If you havent heard, AirBnB is one of the newest trends in social communication. It is a digital platform for renting out rooms in houses across the world. Recently, the New York Times published an article on how this business model has positively impacted people over the age of 60. The National Council on Aging reports over 25 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure and living at or below the federal poverty line. It is a pretty incredible concept that the digital landscape of AirBnB allows all, but especially older, generations to open up their homes for those travelling. We all see it as we age children move out of the house and rooms go unfilled for weeks, months or even years. This platform allows seniors to become Bed and Breakfast owners, the New York Times even adding that this is a dream for many, easily and accessibly.
While there is some concern because the concept entails opening your house to strangers, the platform allows a rating system for customers and apartment/house owners. There are also some concerns with how this works with what leases might allow tenants to do on their own. What do you think? Is this something you would do, if able, to have a little extra income each month? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!