10 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Translation Business to a Small Shop

If you’re a multinational company seeking translation and localization services for dozens of languages, then this article is not for you. The logistics needed by such large projects can be effectively handled by large translation agencies. But if you are a small or medium enterprise looking to translate your content into several languages, choosing a freelance professional or a small translation shop might actually be a good idea. Here’s why:

1. You can have better control over the outcome and be more closely involved in the process

When you have too many intermediaries involved in the translation process, it is more difficult to handle the communication process with the actual translator simply because things get „lost in translation”. Reversely, being able to establish a direct contact with the translator will help solve translation issues more effectively on the one hand, and obtain a target text truly suited to your needs on the other hand.

2. The revision of the target text will be more thorough

Big translation agencies usually implement a good quality management process. However, their anonymous approach to revision and proofreading (the original translator doesn’t know who is performing the revision/proofreading) may have „side effects”. This may be partly due to the perception that the proofreader’s main role is to assess the original translator, and since assessing a text is a subjective activity, sometimes unnecessary changes may be implemented. Judging the necessity of changes can be hard for a project manager who doesn’t speak the target language, which means that a third party might get involved and things can get a bit complicated.

But if the translator and proofreader know each other and collaborate, they know that they should focus on the quality of the target text. The aim of the revision process is to obtain the best possible end result.

3. It’s cheaper

You won’t have the middleman involved, which means you can save a couple of bucks. Even if you need a team of freelance translators, you won’t have to pay extra, because they don’t usually charge a commission.

4. Freelance translators have excellent networking skills

If you need your content translated to multiple languages, freelance translators can always find colleagues eager to take on work. And their collaboration will be smooth and efficient.

5. Better consistency throughout projects

Working with the same translator will help you to achieve a better intertextual consistency. Although translation memories help maintaining a good level of consistency for your texts regardless of the number and identity of translators involved, having the same one or two translators work on your accounts will clearly ensure a higher degree of cohesion.

6. Better terminology management

Again, having the same person work on your projects will enhance terminology consistency. Besides terminology tools, your translator will also rely on their memory, thus being able to choose the right term according to context. In addition, terminology can be negotiated directly with the translator.

7. You would be supporting a healthy business environment

By choosing to collaborate with a freelance translator or a small agency you will invest in a sustainable and healthy business model. Instead of focusing solely on profits and cost-cutting, freelancers are really passionate about their jobs and their main aim is to do their job really well. They will also be highly motivated to maintain a good relationship with direct clients.

8. You always know who is responsible for the quality of the target text

You always know who to blame if things go wrong. Which means that the translator will always try to provide the best services. It is their reputation at stakes after all.

9. It’s faster

Having less people involved in the process, the communication will be quicker. You get to talk and negotiate directly with the lead translator. Upon completion of the task, after the translation underwent revision, the translator will forward the completed job directly to you. Thus, you might be saving some precious time.

10. Because… you can

It is very easy nowadays to find freelance translators for all language combination. Most of them have a webpage, a social media page or a blog. You can easily search and perform a thorough selection based on their expertise and the services they can offer.

  Thomas   Aug 17, 2015   Freelancing, Translation, Uncategorized   0 Comment Read More

Procrastination can be good for you

Procrastination is one of the most feared omens in the professional world. I mean how can procrastination be good when it may prevent you to deliver your projects on time? Well, I will dare say that sometimes procrastination can help! Take the following situation: you have just begun work on a 20,000 word project and you’re still in the accommodation phase. You’re trying various approaches, you’re getting acquainted with the terminology and language of the project and, admit it, progress is quite slow. But then again, in this stage you’re not very pressed by the deadline. And as you blissfully type along, sipping from your coffee cup – maybe music playing in the background – bang! something hits you! There’s a word, a phrase or even a sentence you can’t figure out. Of course, your first instinct is to think. And you think. Then you think some more… No, still can’t figure it out. Next, you’re trying various approaches, you write down a couple of variants, but you’re still not happy with the outcome. Trying all these techniques will just make you frustrated. You will not be able to come up with anything good because as you grow angrier your focusing capacity declines. So why not try a different technique? I have, and it has always worked! Why not get away from your desk, maybe log out of your computer and go cook something, or read from your favourite novel, or even sleep on it? Whenever I did this, the solution just naturally appeared when I resumed work after a couple of hours/the next day. So there, procrastination can help you!

  Thomas   Dec 03, 2014   Translation   0 Comment Read More