Define: Cottage Industry

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Definition: Cottage Industry



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Full Definition of Cottage Industry


A cottage industry is a system of production which takes place in private homes rather than in a factory, with the tools and other means of production individually owned. Often products produced by a cottage industry are hand-made and/or unique in some distinctive way. Cottage industry products are often identified with an area or even with a specific family. Often a cottage industry is run by members of a single-family, although this is not necessarily the case. A cottage industry can also be a loosely or informally organized group with each member working out of their own home. While there is often a specialized interest in the non-mass-produced products of a cottage industry, a cottage industry often faces difficult challenges in distributing its products.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Cottage Industry are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th February 2020.