Do you find it difficult in finding the right language service provider?
The trend of globalization has risen considerably in the past decades, and along with it is the increasing demand for language service providers. Currently, there are quite a number of language service providers that specializes in certain fields and industries.
TIPS in Finding the Right Language Service Provider
RESEARCH. In today’s age, we have access to a lot of information online. You can start your research by looking at the language service provider within your area. Read about the services they offer and what their previous clients say about them.
Several companies have been joining global associations such as the ELIA – European Language Industry Association or the ATA – American Translators Association.
Check which language service providers are members of these organizations and what the organization requirements are.
Ask for recommendation from your friends or business partners. Trust that these people will give you their unbiased opinion about their experiences on certain language service providers.
SET YOUR CRITERIA.
After going through several language service provider profiles and reading through the information online, it’s time for you to assess what your needs are and rank them based on its importance to your organization.
- Where do you need the translator for? For legal, marketing or medical translations?
- What type of service do you need? Translation, interpretation, on the phone interpretation, or others?
- What language combinations do you require?
- Do you need a freelancer or a translation agency?
- How important is the location of the agency?
These are some of the questions that you need to answer in order for you to narrow down the list of language service providers and get to the right one.
QUALITY / TURNAROUND TIME / COST
Let’s face it. Most of the time in the business world, budget is limited but quality output is expected. Some companies would take on transcription projects with unrealistic deadlines at a low cost. They manage to do it but in the end, their clients would never return and hire their services again because of bad quality.
Look for a language service provider who sets the right expectations and prioritizes two out of the following conditions:
- budget price + good quality, but with a not so tight deadline
- budget price + tight deadline, but okay enough even without proofreading or editing
- tight deadline + good quality, but additional charge for urgency
GET TO KNOW YOUR PARTNER
It’s okay to treat projects individually but it is also important that you are able to establish a long-term relationship with your language service provider. Not only it will save you time and money but you are secured that your translators understand what your guidelines and requirements are. You do that by getting to know your partner. Find out what their client’s packages are. How do they work? How do they select their translators? Meet with your language service provider even before you give them their first project.
It takes a lot of time and effort to find the right provider, but we are willing to help you find the right one for your business needs. Find out more about Language Direct. We could just be the right language service provider for YOU.
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