Freelance collaboration with Kolibri Online
  • Exciting projects
  • Regular orders
  • Communication at eye level
  • Streamlined application process

Freelance for Kolibri Online: Join the team!

Do you have a passion for language and digital communication? Would you like to help companies to deliver their message effectively and reach their international target audiences? Are you a freelance content writer, copywriter, online editor, translator or proofreader? If so, we should definitely get to know each other!

Kolibri Online is a Hamburg-based international content marketing agency. Since 2008, we have supported our clients on fascinating text creation and marketing projects, from developing long-term content marketing strategies to creative copywriting, content SEO and specialist translations by native speakers in over 25 languages.

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Want to find out more about our customers and what we do? We’ve put together a handful of case studies on selected projects.

Kolibri as a client and partner: Who we are and how we work

At Kolibri Online, we have around 20 permanent employees based at our office in Hamburg. When it comes to our established customers, we are more than just a service provider. Our business relationships are often akin to partnerships; we enjoy being seen as an extension of our customer’s own staff. Our customers have cherished this approach since Kolibri Online was founded in 2008. In fact, many of our customers date back to that time and have stayed with us ever since.

We promote a corporate culture based on respect and appreciation – both in our daily interactions as a team and in our collaboration with our customers and our external network. Quality, reliability and responsibility are the cornerstones of our work. We also attach great importance to transparency in relation to projects, feedback and communication. In our collaboration with freelancers, we use an intuitive central portal to manage projects and process payments. However, personal interaction is every bit as important to us. We want to get to know the people behind the words.

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Benefits for freelancers of working with Kolibri Online:

  • Exciting projects for well-known brands
  • Clear communication and briefings
  • Transparent processes
  • Fair and reliable payments
  • Long-term collaboration
  • Due appreciation for linguistic work
  • Constructive feedback from editors and proofreaders
  • Collaboration with experienced project managers

The Kolibri team: Overview and contact details

Our partner managers Anne and Hannah will be your first point of contact at Kolibri Online. They will review your application documents and examine whether your qualifications meet our requirements. In addition, they will provide you with all the information you need to get started with Kolibri Online.

Our Partner Management team also stands ready to respond to any organisational issues you encounter while working with us. Anne and Kristin look forward to getting to know you!

Your contact at Kolibri

Anne Addicks
Partner Management
+49 40 5247774-15
freelancer@kolibri.online

Kolibri Online GmbH
Bernstorffstraße 128
D-22767 Hamburg

Our project managers will send you orders and act as your main point of contact on day-to-day work issues. They will assign you suitable projects based on your qualifications, prepare documents for you and provide detailed briefings.

Get to know the Kolibri team.

See what our freelancers say about us:

Communication with Kolibri just works brilliantly. There are fixed contacts and everyone is really friendly and helpful. But the best thing is that the briefings are very detailed and clearly structured. Kolibri is definitely my favourite client.

Marie

Content Writer (German)

Reliable, creative and sincere – for me as a freelancer, my collaboration with Kolibri has the perfect blend of all three. After the many wide-ranging texts and projects over the last few years, I’m looking forward to the orders the future will bring.
Sarah

Content Writer (German)

There’s a lively exchange at Kolibri, which is great for collaboration. Plus, the regular feedback makes it possible to develop and improve together.
Luisa

Content Writer (German)

I’ve been working with Kolibri on translation, revision and copywriting projects on a regular basis since 2014. In addition to the continuity of our collaboration, which has a positive effect on quality, I really appreciate the professionalism at Kolibri and the wonderful collaboration with my colleagues.
Chiara

Translator & Content Writer (Italian)

I’ve been working with Kolibri Online for several years now. The projects are very well organised. I’m always looking forward to the next order.

Yiming

Translator (Chinese)

My collaboration with Kolibri Online has been professional and sincere from the very first day. Communication is clear and reliable and I always receive useful responses to my queries in good time before the deadline. This makes my work much easier and really takes the stress away. With Kolibri Online, I feel like part of the team, not just another external freelancer.
Sara

Translator (Swedish)

Portrait von Freelancerin Marie“Communication with Kolibri just works brilliantly. There are fixed contacts and everyone is really friendly and helpful. But the best thing is that the briefings are very detailed and clearly structured. Kolibri is definitely my favourite client.”

Marie
Content Writer (German)

“There’s a lively exchange at Kolibri, which is great for collaboration. Plus, the regular feedback makes it possible to develop and improve together.”

Luisa
Content Writer (German)

“I’ve been working with Kolibri Online for several years now. The projects are very well organised. I’m always looking forward to the next order.”

Yiming
Translator (Chinese)

“Reliable, creative and sincere – for me as a freelancer, my collaboration with Kolibri has the perfect blend of all three. After the many wide-ranging texts and projects over the last few years, I’m looking forward to the orders the future will bring.”

Sarah
Content Writer (German)

“I’ve been working with Kolibri on translation, revision and copywriting projects on a regular basis since 2014. In addition to the continuity of our collaboration, which has a positive effect on quality, I really appreciate the professionalism at Kolibri and the wonderful collaboration with my colleagues.”

Chiara
Translator & Content Writer (Italian)

“My collaboration with Kolibri Online has been professional and sincere from the very first day. Communication is clear and reliable and I always receive useful responses to my queries in good time before the deadline. This makes my work much easier and really takes the stress away. With Kolibri Online, I feel like part of the team, not just another external freelancer.”

Sara
Translator (Swedish)

Our services and focus areas

Kolibri Online conceptualises, creates and improves search-engine-optimised content for online magazines, website relaunches, corporate blogs and much more. We also conduct international keyword research, provide SEO and marketing translations and localise content for major international roll-outs – alongside legal and technical translation services, of course. Furthermore, we offer copy editing and proofreading services for companies’ online and print publications.

We primarily offer our content creation and translation services in the following languages:

Western Europe

German
English
French
Dutch

Northern Europe

Danish
Finnish
Norwegian
Swedish

Southern Europe

Italian
Portuguese
Spanish

Eastern Europe

Bulgarian
Romanian
Russian
Czech

Other languages

Arabic
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
Can’t see your mother tongue in the list? Don’t worry, we also work in many other languages. All you need to do is send us your application and we’ll be in touch.

When it comes to writing texts – whether creating new copy or translating existing content – our focus is always on the readers. This means that, as well as providing factually and grammatically accurate content, we always keep the target culture and target audience in mind and produce localised texts and translations that sounds authentic and are precisely tailored to the needs of the target country readership.

Our sectors of focus include:

  • Fashion and textiles
  • Finance and insurance
  • Cosmetics and body care
  • Metal industry and metal processing
  • Law and legal tech
  • Digitalisation and artificial intelligence
  • Sport and fitness
  • Travel and tourism
  • Interior design and lifestyle

No matter whether you can see your specialist fields in the list above or your skills lie in a completely different area, if you think you could add something to our team, don’t hesitate to send us your application. Our customer base is constantly growing, so we are always happy to receive high-calibre applications. We’ll record your specialist fields in our database. This will ensure that our project managers send projects suited to your skill set.

Want to join us? Apply now!

Can you deliver high-quality texts and work independently? Do you have outstanding linguistic skills, ideally accompanied by knowledge of SEO and online marketing? If so, all you have to do is fill in our application form and become part of the Kolibri Online team. We’re looking forward to getting to know you!
If you can, please also include a few samples of your work along with your CV so that we can evaluate your skills and qualifications.

Please note that, in order to ensure we deliver high-quality services for our customers, our translation processes follow the DIN EN ISO 17100 standard. This means that we only work with translators who can demonstrate that they meet one of three criteria:

  • a university-level degree in translation, or
  • a university-level degree in another specialist area and at least two years’ experience working full-time as a translator, or
  • at least five years’ experience working full-time as a translator, with experience in the stated specialist fields.

What will happen after I apply?

Our Partner Management team will review your application documents and reply to you as soon as possible to clarify any questions – and will usually call you briefly to get to know you a little better. If everything goes well, we’ll conclude a collaboration agreement with you and create a profile for you in our database. Our Partner Management team will give you full details of how to navigate our portal, which we use to process payments and manage our collaboration. After that, you can enter more information in your profile so that we have a clear, detailed picture of you and your work. Finally, we’ll make sure that your profile is complete – and you’ll then be ready for your first projects with Kolibri Online.

Current opportunities: What we’re looking for right now

Translators

  • For the following target languages, in combination with English and/or French:
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Danish
    • Dutch
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
  • with a specialism from: SEO, marketing, transcreation, B2B marketing, the digital sector, ecommerce

Copywriters

  • Specialism in SEO and one of the following sectors: marketing, ecommerce, B2B marketing or the digital sector for the following languages:
    • German
    • English
    • French
    • Dutch
    • Norwegian
    • Swedish
Do you specialise in one of the languages or sectors listed above? If so, send us an application using our application form. Even if your language combination or specialist field is not listed at present, we would still welcome your application. Our customer base is constantly growing, so we are always happy to receive high-calibre applications.

Further benefits for our freelancers

We have developed SEO training tailored to our freelance copywriters’ and translators’ needs, offering sessions on a regular basis. When you join our network, you’ll gain access to an exclusive discount on our SEO training. You will then be able to apply this knowledge in your work with us and for other clients as well as for your own website. We provide these training sessions online in German and, upon request, in English.

We generally work with CAT tools in translation projects (primarily Trados Studio 2019/2021, but also memoQ). If you don’t yet have a CAT tool licence, we can provide a discount code to help you cover the cost. Our translators can enjoy a 30% discount on memoQ Translator Pro licences.

Our customers

If you collaborate with Kolibri Online, you can look forward to working on projects for these and many other companies:
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