This article is about how to increase your workload. If you’re happy with the amount you work, but would like to increase your hourly rate, please see this article.
Firstly, we think it’s great that our editors like working with Unbabel so much that they’re looking for new ways to earn money with us. As this is quite a broad question, it’s best split into two sections: (a) getting more work as an editor and (b) other income streams with us.
(A) Getting more work as an editor
Let’s be really clear: there’s no magic formula for how to work more with us. The truth about the sort of markets we work with is that there is no such thing as a stable workload - part of what makes our service so valuable to our clients is that we’re able to meet their needs with very tight deadlines, sometimes as low as 20 minutes. We also always endeavour to inform our communities of editors about any changes to volumes, and make sure there’s enough work to go around.
There are some things that you can do to maximise your chances of receiving work on the platform:
- Check the platform multiple times a day, at different times of the day.
Sometimes we recruit editors not only based on our current demand, but also to help us with delays at specific times of day. This means that you might easily be able to find more work outside of the standard working hours in the country of the language you’re working on. For example, if you work with German, this would mean checking before 8am and after 6pm (Berlin time). The key is to be flexible - change your checking schedule regularly and don’t assume that work will be there at the same time every day. If you check at 9am every day and no other times, you’ll never see the full extent of work at the platform.
- Check to see if we’re looking for any new editors in other language pairs.
Our capacities vary across language pairs. This means that if you’re not getting as much in one language pair, but have a different combination you’d like to try, it’s worth seeing if we’re open for registrations.
To do this, log out and go to unbabel.com/translators, then begin a new registration. You’ll be able to see which languages we’re looking for at the moment. If you can see your language pair there, please contact us at support so we can add it for you. Please do not create a new account - this is against our Terms of Service and can lead to a suspension of either or both accounts.
If you can’t see your language there, it’s because we’re not accepting new registrations, nor can we add the language pair in question to an existing account. Whilst you’re welcome to contact us to see if we have available places, especially if you have been with us a long time and are a valued contributor, it’s probable that we will have to say no.
(B) Other income streams with us
We’re always looking for talented people to come and work with us on a more permanent basis.
If you’re a qualified linguist and have extensive translation experience, you could have a place with us as a terminologist, annotator or evaluator. Find out more here.
Interested in language and have experience in another field? We’re hiring for a range of positions globally and would love to hear from you.
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