Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I cook?
It depends. You can decide your own schedule, servings, and the prices of the meal. You can also choose who can 'dine-in' with you. However, if you want to earn substantial income, our estimate is to serve minimum 10 servings / day.
How much can I earn a month?
From our projection, if you could fulfil at least 10 serving a day for a month, you could earn $2000 a month easily. Of course it would increase significantly if you serve more customers, if you provide higher quality dish, or if you let customers ‘dine-in’ with you.
What is the difference between ‘dine in’ and ‘take out’?
For ‘take out’, once the host prepare the meal, it will be packed in a normal take out box, and customer will come to collect. Average price per pax is around $8 to $10, as this has a similar feel of getting food from hawker centres.
For ‘dine in’, the host prepares a set of meal on their own dining table for the customer. This will give a unique experience to the customer as they dine in the host’s house. Average price per pax is around $30 to $50, as this has a similar feel of dining in a reputable restaurant.
Who is eligible to sign-up as host?
Anyone who holds a valid pass to live in Singapore (not a tourist visa) and is above 21 years of age is eligible to sign-up as host.
I have never opened a restaurant before, any tips?
Tip number 1, list 2-3 of your very best dishes that you can prepare easily. This is to measure your own capacity on how many orders you can fulfil in a day. We do not want our hosts to get overwhelmed with orders and keep rejecting new orders, as it will lower your rating as well.
Tip number 2, we encourage our hosts to have unique menu which are not commonly found in hawker centres / food court, or to list simple but healthy food. This will increase your chance of getting customers.
Last tip, be friendly to your customers, especially if they opt to 'dine-in'. Who knows they will become your next regular customers!
Do I need to take any certification to open a home-based business?
As per 19 June 2020, all home-based businesses will be allowed to resume, without the need of any certification. However, there are certain guidelines that you still have to adhere to, and ensure all activities should not materially affect the use of the premises as a residential unit and shall not cause disturbance to the neighbours or other residents in the neighbourhood.
Please refer to the following link for more information -https://www.hdb.gov.sg/cs/infoweb/residential/living-in-an-hdb-flat/home-business/homebased-small-scale-business-scheme
Who will be responsible if my food cause any unwanted illnesses to the customers?
The host will be responsible, if the food is consumed by the customer within 4 hours of preparation. If the food is consumed longer than 4 hours by the customer, the host will no longer be responsible.
In future, we will incur a small fee to our host, which will be used to insure both the host and customers. In this case, any illnesses occurred will be our responsibility. We strongly advise you to attend SFA's Basic Food Hygiene Course if you plan to do this full time, as the course will teach you all the best practice on how to prepare food for the customers.
I do not want to attend the course, but I still want to know the best practice. Is it possible?
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you a list of best practices to your email.