6 Major Differences Between A Chinese Translation Company And Freelance Chinese Translators
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http://ybdtranslations.com/en/service/translation-services/ - Like any business service, getting a good deal for Chinese translation is important. In your quest to procure Chinese translation services at low cost, you may decide to get quotes from freelance translators as well as a translation services provider. Once you’ve got the numbers, you might compare the quotes side by side.

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6 major differences between a Chinese translation company and free lance Chinese translators
Like any business service, getting a good deal for Chinese tran slation is important. In your quest to procureChinese translation servicesat low cost, you may decide to get quotes from freelance translators as well as a translation services provid er. Once you’ve got the numbers, you might compare the quotes side by side.
Except there’s one problem with that:
There is no comparison between the two.
Working with a freelance translator most definitely has its adv antages, and the translation itself may be cheaper indeed.
I think with certain content types and smaller project scopes, using freelancers may be the best way to proceed. Indeed, why employ a whole company when yo u can get the work done with an individual translator that you can manage yourse lf.
However, when we are talking about larger, multilingual, more c omplex translation projects, the idea of working and managing individual translat ors is not feasible. With a translation partner, you get a lot more. Think value, not just pri ce.
1.
Big picture strategy
A freelance translator does the translation job—and the transac tion is over.
A translation services partner wraps your translation projects in to an overarching program that takes your goals and strategy into account—be it languag es, content type, technologies, quality program and so much more.
They can get to know your business rhythms such as product releas e schedules, and then be proactive about translation. They will also act as an adviso r, continually offering best practices to help you get the highest-quality, lowest-cost resu lts possible.
2.
The translate-edit-proof process
Whereas a freelance translator translates your content, a transl ation services partner puts two to three linguists on each job. One linguist translates, th e next edits and the third proofs the content. It’s a built-in, added layer of quality ass urance.
3.
Scalability
A translation company can handle much bigger volumes and turn a round the translation work faster. Translation companies will also have a large pool o f tested and experienced translators within your subject matter.
If you are looking at tight turnaround times for larger volumes, your best approach would be to collaborate with a translation agency that can handle the se volumes. If one translator falls sick, goes on vacation, takes on work from othe r clients or has issues completing the work, your deadline is missed. If you are working with freelance translator(s), you will have to manage this yourself, and that can turn out to be a full-time job.
Also, if you have a need for other services such as multilingua l desktop publishing, technical consulting, etc., a provider can offer these to you with no lag time.
4.
Less stress, more time savings
You don’t have to spend time contacting several translators to c omplete your projects and then manage the files, their queries, etc.
A translation services partner’s dedicated project management team will do all of that for you. This relieves you and your teams from time-consuming transl ation tasks so you can get back to your primary job responsibilities.
5.
Enterprise technology that makes your job easier
By using a provider’s translation management system, assumin g they have one (ours is called Transplicity), you can save time and get insight into your translation program data.
For our part, we offer free use of Transplicity. You and your tea m can request quotes and drop off files for translation, pick up translated documents, s ee where projects sit in the lifecycle, and track your translation spending and savings.
6.
Cost savings that builds over time
Speaking of technology, a translation services partner has seri ous cost-saving technology to put to work for you.
Your translations get stored in one central database called tra nslation memory, and we build on it from project to project.
When speaking to my clients, I quite often hear that when worki ng with freelance translators they may not use a translation memory or at least not p ass on the translation memories to their clients.
If this is the case, you may miss out on this cost saver. This ma y happen with translation services companies too, but in general terms, a true translation s ervices partner considers your translation memory to be your intellectual property.
So if one day you decide to switch to another approach or vendo r, you can take your translation memory with you.
Also on the cost-savings front, a translation services partner of ten offers discounts if you reach certain volumes of work so you can further benefit from colla boration—though this may happen with freelance translators too. You should consider the scale of the volumes and discounts.
Value beats cost every time
These are just a few of the key ways that a translation services pa rtner offers you a lot more for your translation investment.
I am absolutely not saying that working with freelance translat ors is not a feasible option. I just think you have to consider what benefits you get with one versus the other.
If you’d like to hear more, my teammates and I would be happy to t alk with you.Contact ustoday!