Cottage-industry



noun
1.
the production, for sale, of goods at home, as the making of handicrafts by rural families.
2.
any small-scale, loosely organized industry.
noun
1.
an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment

noun phrase

[1920s+; based on the name given to the system of having piecework done at home, rather than in factories, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution]

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