Historically, people think of the cottage industry as home-based work, such as sewing, assembling, and light manufacturing. The product-based home industry continues to thrive. It’s an important part of many emerging nations’ economies. But there’s another take. Is the cottage industry defined by producing tangible products alone, or is providing services part of the equation?

Cottage Industry Services

Here are six WFH jobs I’m familiar with. I write from home and have friends who do the other jobs listed here. There are many more than the six listed below. For example,  Indeed — 15 of the Best Work From Home Jobs

Software Engineer

I have a close friend who works in this field and does it quite successfully from his home office. He maintains that doing his job in his home office is easier without the interruptions at a workplace office. And when he needs to brainstorm or consult, he arranges meetings.

Financial Manager

My financial consultant works from home. She finds it gives her more freedom to meet her customers’ and her family’s needs. She’s not tied to mandatory meetings and seminars that may not benefit her. She can pick and choose what she attends and use her time to be available for her clients.


I hang with writers. I have three good friends who make their living writing from home; however, their work is often supplemented with copy editing, content management, marketing, or social media.


Two friends made the leap from being corporate photographers to working on their own. Although both have faced challenges, both are glad they made the change.

Public Relations, Social Media, and Market Research

These disciplines and others are often combined to fit the needs of customers. Once again, several friends are juggling this act and doing it successfully.

Graphic Designer

Several of my friends are freelance graphic designers, some working part time to supplement their day jobs and others independently.

Have You Thought About Working from Your Cottage?

I work from my home office. It’s where I write and plan leadership development and sales meetings. Like my friend, the software engineer, I accomplish more from my home office than I would with workplace distractions—granted, I’m the most significant source of the distractions. Creative pursuits flourish in a supportive environment, whether it’s the office or cottage. Have you thought about creating your own 21st-century cottage service?

How Can I Help You?

I like to help people and organizations, but I have three criteria I consider before taking an assignment – I believe in what the organization stands for, I know I can help, and it looks like fun. If you have any questions, Contact Me. 

So, does your business have a management training plan? Because, if not, many organizations, large and small, use my book, The New Manager’s Workbook a crash course in effective management, as the basis for their leadership development program. Check it out. It might help you stop putting off what you want to do.

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