If your budget won’t allow bringing on a full-time professional linguist to translate your website, blogs, technical documentation, and marketing collateral, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of companies fall into the category of those that outsource their translation needs. Outsourcing translation services, as it turns out, actually provides you and your company with numerous benefits that you may have never considered.
Someone else does the “vetting” for you. If you utilize the services of a professional translation company – something we strongly recommend any time you outsource your translation needs – that means that they have already checked the background of the linguist to make sure that he/she has the experience and expertise needed by you and your company.
You pay only for what you need
Unless your company is a “mega” corporation with global offices and unlimited funding, chances are you really can’t afford to bring a professional linguist onboard full-time. What’s more, few companies actually need the services of a full-time translator. When you outsource your needs to a reputable translation company, you pay only for the specific jobs you need completed, making it much more cost-efficient than paying the salary and benefits of a full-time employee.
You find the right person for the job
Translation companies employ a variety of professional linguists, all of whom bring with them varying levels of experience and different backgrounds. Your translator will need not only experience within your industry, but should also have a good understanding of your target audience, particularly if that audience will be in a different country and from a different culture. Working with a translation company affords you the opportunity to locate the best qualified person specifically for your tasks.
You’ll enjoy a business partnership
When you work with a translation company, you share a vested interest in getting your job done right and on time. The reputation of the translation company depends on making sure that their clients are satisfied and happy with the services they provide, so they’ll go out of their way to ensure that you get the best possible end product by the deadline that you set forth. That’s a business partnership that’s good for everyone involved.
You’ll experience the convenience of conducting business online
Most translation companies rely on conducting their business through the Internet. In fact, many of them are strictly ecommerce companies. This, as it turns out, is a huge benefit for their clients, who enjoy all the advantages of doing business via the Internet, such as the ability to communicate instantly with your vendor, making payments online, and many more.
To find the right translation company for you, we recommend that you start with their website
Check to see that they provide translation services for the language(s) you need and that they have experience in providing services for your industry. If you’re in an industry that requires certain certifications and/or notary services, make sure that the company employs translation professionals or are certified and that they offer notary services to their clients. Check out the testimonials of other customers. Finally, contact the company and speak with a representative. Often, these initial contacts will give you a good indication of the company’s rapport with their clients, and can even give you some idea of the level of service they provide.
Even if you choose another company, we hope we’ve provided helpful tips to assist you in choosing the right translation provider for you and your business needs, and that we’ve shed some light on the advantages of outsourcing your translation services.