Characteristics: Rural families were some of the first to become involved in the cottage industry. They added to their agricultural income by making products at home. The business operators would travel around, buying raw materials, delivering to people who would work on them, and then collecting the finished goods to sell or typically to ship to another market.
Significance: The cottage industry is an industry, which involves many producers working part times from their homes. They would usually sew or make lace, they also created household objects.