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.

Origin:
1920–25

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cottage industry
 
n
an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment

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