FAQ

How do I get started with EatinCommon?
You start out with creating a profile. Then you join as a guest for an event in your area by ‘grabbing a seat’ on the purple button. If you prefer hosting you create your event by selecting ‘be a host’. Important: We will transfer your payment based on your email account. Make sure to use the same email with EatinCommon as with your Paypal.
I’m a host, how do I get paid and when will I recieve payment for my event?
Hosts will receive payment from EatinCommon via Paypal shortly after the event - usually 1-3 business days. Important: We will transfer your payment based on your email account. Make sure to use the same email with EatinCommon as with your Paypal.
How much info should I have on my profile?
Your name, your photo and a description of you and your lifestyle, passion, hobbies etc is a good start. Generally hosts with detailed profiles get more guests, and guests with descriptive profiles gives a good impression to hosts, and increases the likelihood of hosts accepting you in their private home.
How does payment work with EatinCommon?
EatinCommon handles financials professionally and uses Paypal same way as Airbnb. Guests pay to EatinCommon before an event, and EatinCommon transfer payment minus 15 % service fee to the host after the event. Important: We will transfer your payment based on your email account. Make sure to use the same email with EatinCommon as with your Paypal.
What if I don’t have a Paypal Account?
Paypal is safe to use and comes with a lot of benefits. You can read more and create your account here: https://www.paypal.com
I'm a host, how do I determine my price?
You estimate the value of your dinner from your grocery shopping and the effort that you put into your event. We encourage you as a host to be reasonable with the pricing, so that people will sign up for your event. If it is very important that you collect an exact amount, then don't forget to add 15% to your sum costs.(EatinCommon Service fee) EXAMPLE: You are a host and you set the price at 100. After your event EatinCommon will transfer 85 to you.
I’m a host, how do I get paid and when will I recieve payment for my event?
Hosts will receive payment from EatinCommon via Paypal shortly after the event - usually 1-3 business days.
How do I calculate the seats for my event?
The number of seats should be the number of guests you have room for. Count the number of comfortable seats around your dinner table, and count the number of family members or friends that will join the dinner. The spare seats will be the number of guests you have room for.
EXAMPLE: You have a dinner table with 10 seats. You are a family of 4, who will attend the dinner. That leaves you with room for 6 EatinCommon guests. Don’t forget to make sure you have enough chairs for everyone ;)
I’m a guest, how do I make sure I’m not paying for a fake event?
Payments will be transferred to your host after the event. EatinCommon holds the payment till the event has finished in order to prevent fake events.
How about cancellation policy?
If you have paid to attend an event and the host cancels the event, you will get your money back. If you cancel as a guest later than 36 hours before the event starts, you will not get your money back as the host will usually already have had expenses in connection with shopping, etc.
Is EatinCommon developing new features and functionalities?
EatinCommon is a young concept and we are developing new features and functionalities for the website every week.
What if I have paid for an event and it gets cancelled?
A good way to have everyone on the same page is to start out with setting an end time. For example by including end time in your welcome greetings just before the dinner together with directions to the bathrooms, and other info about the evening. If you have anything planned.
What things should I think of when hosting?
Welcoming note on the door is a good idea, so people know they have come to the right place and know what doorbell to ring. When your guests arrive some hosts offer a welcome drink and/or snacks. Dinner games like collecting questions in a glass is usually a hit too. Easy background music is also a winner, you can find loads of lounge compilations, piano, jazz or bossa background music on youtube. Search for full albums or look for long duration, so you can leave it playing. Here are 2 suggestions: https://www.youtube.com or this one https://www.youtube.com
Is it safe to have strangers in your home?
Eat in Common is based on reviews and on top of that, you select your own guests. Think of Airbnb. We’re almost the same except we help you rent out your kitchen table instead of your entire apartment.
Will I be considered as a food company if I host more than 1 event?
Cooking in private homes is normally considered by Scandinavian Veterinary And Food Administration to be below the "trifle limit", which means you will not be considered as a food company. However, if you very often organize events and schedule them regularly you will have to tell the authorities about this. See more here http://www.foedevarestyrelsen.dk/Leksikon/Sider/Privat-madlavning-og-fødevarevirksomhed-under-bagatelgrænsen.aspx.
Do I have to pay taxes from my earnings?
As a private person in Scandinavia you are responsible for reporting profits to tax authorities yourself. Basically, the profit you earn is taxable. Expences that you have in relation to earnings, can be deducted (groceries, pots and pans etc) For more information and the calculation of tax please go to http://www.skat.dk
Where can I sign up for EatinCommon Newsletter, and what can I expect from it?
You can sign up for our newsletter here: http://eatincommon.us3.list-manage.com You can expect to read about featured events, new cities, recommendations, culture and the development of the EatinCommon Concept.
How can I host an event if my city is not on the list?
You can send us a request to open up in your city or area
My city is new on EatinCommon and I’m one of the first to host. How does it work?
Starting up in a new place takes a little effort. At your event page you will find a blue button sayin ‘Spread the word’. It is next to the purple ‘who is attending’ button. When you press the blue button, you can spread the link to your event on your facebook page or in a group that you are a member of. Please be respectful and don’t spam, as no one appreciates spamming. Only post in groups where people will have an interest in hearing about your event.
How can I follow EatinCommon on Social Media?
We are very active on Social Media, especially Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. Here is a link to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EatInCommon?fref=ts At Pinterest you will get a touch and feel of the concept http://www.pinterest.com/metteliva/eatincommon
Can I take pictures at the EatinCommon Events?
Yes, we love your photos. Please make sure that everyone knows that you are taking their photo. If someone wishes not to be in the photo, then be respectful and leave he or she out of the picture. We will love if you will contribute to our Instagram by Hashtagging your photos #EatinCommon #EatinCommon(your city name) #EatinCommon(Country)
Have I heard about EatinCommon before?
EatinCommon has been covered by various media since we first launched in Norway. Among others; TV2 Norge, NRK Norge, TV Vest Norge, Stavanger Aftenblad, Aftenposten, TV2 Lorry Danmark, DR P3 Danmark, AOK.dk, Foodculture.dk etc.
Other questions?
If you have other questions or inquiries, please send us an email on msh@eatincommon.com