Christopher Elliott Special to USA TODAY Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 Angela Diaz suffers from travel sharing fatigue. She recently rented a two-bedroom home in Dania Beach, Florida, but wishes she'd stayed in a hotel, instead. "On the second day of our stay, our Airbnb host came into the house unannounced while we were on a day trip to Key West under the guise of having to launder the towels," says Diaz, a retired emergency services dispatcher from Fresno, California. She and her friends felt so "violated" by the home invasion that they checked out immediately. The host retaliated with a negative review of Diaz, which, Airbnb warned her, could prevent her from being able to book a future stay with the lodging site. Which was just fine by her. "That's my last Airbnb rental," she says. Attitudes toward the sharing economy may be cooling just as the summer travel season heats up, with more vacationers preferring to stay in a hotel, rent a car or take mass transi, and … [Read more...] about Are travelers cooling to the sharing economy?
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Dan Simms has always been something of a master salesman. Selling everything from surgical equipment to business forms over a 30-year career, he commonly earned free trips and other sales incentives for being a top producer. He eventually started his own business, but it folded during the Great Recession. When he went back to sales, the best position he could secure was an hour-and-a-half away from his Long Island, New York, home. Simms, 57, said he was doing well professionally, but the commute was miserable. He started looking for other ways to make a living. He found Rover. Rover is an online platform that connects dog owners with dog sitters. A long-time dog lover, Simms thought he would give it a try. However, instead of watching dogs as a side hustle, Simms took it on as a full-time profession and devoted all of his enthusiasm and business savvy to making it a financial success. In just 18 months, he has become one of Rover's top hosts in the New York market, earning between … [Read more...] about How to turn a side hustle into full-time income