cottage industry

the production, for sale, of goods at home, as the making of handicrafts by rural families.
any small-scale, loosely organized industry.

1920–25 Unabridged
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cottage industry
an industry in which employees work in their own homes, often using their own equipment

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Example sentences
The article stimulated a virtual cottage industry in myth-making.
Acts of apparent altruism to non-relatives can also be explained away, in what
  has become a cottage industry within biology.
These offshoots of blogging are producing a cottage industry.
We're excited to roll out the new cottage industry food law.
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