r ranson wrote:I'm interested in exploring where the (blury) line between cottage industry and agile work is.
I think maybe it has to do with the portability of the work/product? A portable tool kit? Availability of materials? (Especially for a physical product.) A true "cottage industry" is tied to the cottage, no? Where space, equipment, materials supply demand/or are tied to a dedicated location, possibly a dedicated customer base?
Handcrafts such as knitting or crochet, which require only a small bag to carry your project, and can be picked up/put down at will. Progress is made incrementally, but otherwise idle time is used.
Itinerant work, such as portrait painting? Private chef?
One could find the materials, customers, and places to work anywhere.
Maybe with maker-spaces, a business of making physical objects could be "agile". Go to a new city, sign up for a membership/day passes at a maker space, and build a thing, sell/deliver it, and move on...