by corey cole Before t Industrial Revolution, most people lived in small, rural countries. where life revolved around farming. Life for the average person was difficult, because incomes were low. And malnourishment and disease were common. People produced their own food, clothing, furniture and tools. Most manufacturing was done in homes or small rural shops. Using hand tools or such as machines. They used machines for stuff like cloths lines so people can hang their cloths on and they used other machines to build houses and buildings for people to work at. in my time we use machines to build everything like farms and other things and this is my tackk!!!!.