In some cases, Amish have frowned upon the high levels of disposable income that have resulted from such jobs.Amish worry over changes in traditional lifestyles and an emphasis on consumption.Agriculture has been fundamental to Amish society, dating to their origins in Europe. Yet in recent years, an occupational shift has taken place in Amish society.The farm has always been important to Amish, for a number of reasons.
In these communities, high numbers of Amish work in local manufacturing plants.
At-home businesses are seen as advantageous in that they allow fathers to be with the family.
Like the farm, they provide a place for children to work and learn skills and values important to the Amish.
One drawback of business in some Amish eyes is the increase in wealth and disposable income that has resulted from business success.
Some fear that this may serve to unbalance Amish society, creating separate “classes” of businesspeople, landowning farmers, and day laborers.