One Mill School is designed to help you get unstuck, clarify your vision, and make progress.
Being a creative business owner—especially right now — can be overwhelming and lonely. You're facing a new and unfamiliar landscape in art, business, and making. And these new opportunities and challenges require a course re-charting, vision refinement, and nourishing of strength and resilience.
Sometimes it seems the only way forward is spending hours searching YouTube, confusing advice from peers, or wasting money on glitzy gurus who want you to do it their way.
We can help.
We offer a step-by-step path to support your creative resilience and thriving in this new economy. Of course, no one can tell you what to do in this time. Advice is worth less than ever. But guidance, inspiration, collaboration, and tools that enable your own plans and insights — that's transformative.
One Mill School is a comprehensive training and community program for creative small business owners.
"My favorite part was hearing from others in the group and listening to their experiences -- it provides learning and a sense of comfort. You are reminded that you aren't alone! This program showed me that dreaming big is an essential part of creating tangible goals and that small, micro-actions can have a big impact."
How It Works
We're a membership-based school enrolling once per quarter. Ongoing training and community help you stay focused and find new solutions over the long term — but you can pause or cancel at any time. Our quarterly cycles let you learn and explore at your own pace, adjusting to the ups and downs of your life. Here’s how it works each quarter:
Each quarter, you can sign up for a personal coaching session to talk through ideas and customize your curriculum.
You can opt into up to one Course per quarter. Choose from topics like: online marketing, creative resilience, and money matters.
Take part in a 3-5 person "practice group" with likeminded business owners who are navigating the same challenges you are.
24/7 access to inspiring, high-level business owners making a living from their creative business. No Facebook, drama, or fluff.
Courses You Can Choose From
Each quarter, you can opt in to one Course. These comprehensive, multimedia trainings pull expertise from the best creative business owners in the industry. They combine introspection, practical tips, expert guidance, and simple frameworks you can use again and again. Each quarter, you can choose from:
Clarity Workshop - Available Now
Online Marketing for Authentic Growth - Available Now
Fix My Story - Available Now
Hire Help Without Headaches - Available Now
Fix My Finances - Available Now
Find More Time - Coming Soon
Stress-Free Structures: Legal, Taxes, and Insurance - Coming Soon
Customer Deep Dive - Coming Soon
Make Your Value Clear: Brand and Positioning - Coming Soon
How We Do Things Differently
(And why you'll love One Mill School)
Work at your own pace, adjusting as your schedule shifts up and down over time.
Get out of your own head and get clarity on how to move forward.
Learn how to think
about your business —
not what to think.
Move past overwhelm with practical tips you can apply right away.
Belong to an inspiring, high-level community of other business owners.
Step-by-step guidance and actionable tips,
with zero fluff.
Use frameworks to choose your strategy and get out of existential limbo.
according to your vision, with less stress.
Meet Your Team
One Mill School is run by a team with deep experience guiding makers in the process of growing and evolving their businesses. The Wholesale In a Box and One Mill Co team has helped over 800 makers grow their businesses — in good times and in bad. The team is led by Emily Kerr-Finell, an experienced entrepreneur and coach. Previously, she was Founder & CEO of Liga Masiva, a "global farmers' market" of farmers in Latin America. She has also worked at FMCG, a boutique management consulting firm, was a Business Advisor at the SBA’s Small Business Development Center, and at Greenmarket, NYC’s network of farmers’ markets. Her work has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She has spoken on making and business at The Hudson River Exchange, Starting Bloc, the Merriweather Council, and The Maker’s Summit.Learn More About Us
You don’t need advice.
Any skill you need can be learned.
Your business will tell you what it needs if you listen.
You can grow your business the same way you do everything else:
by learning, wandering, listening, and experimenting.
Meet Your Mentors
One of the best parts about One Mill School is the incredible group of mentors that you will have available to you.
Our mentors are chosen for their wise approach, business experience, thoughtful art or practice, and diversity of backgrounds and experiences.
Mentors join you in the Community Forum to answer questions and provide feedback, contribute their perspectives and expertise to your Courses, and share their stories with you in detailed Case Studies.Meet the One Mill School Mentors
Who We Are For
We serve creative small business owners. One Mill School might be a good fit for you if you have created a small business and a product from your art or practice. Many folks we serve are makers or have a maker ethos. Others have a practice, art, or skill that is less concrete and have created a course or service from it. Our community includes an artist who makes stationery and bandanas, a ceramicist, a consultant on diversity issues, and a horse whisperer (to give you a sense of the range!) We generally don't work with freelancers, brick-and-mortar businesses, or folks who run a business without a practice or art that underlies it.
If you want an honest opinion of whether we're a fit, send us an email and we'll get right back to you.
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