Ordered a smartphone recently?
Then you probably had to grapple with a myriad of options and add-ons, such as hardware, software, pre-loaded applications, service warranties etc. Ultimately, you settled on the handset that best suited you requirements. Right?
That’s key - understanding your translation project requirements - to helping you slash translation costs. Just like that smartphone purchase you made, there are endless options in buying professional Japanese translation that need to be carefully considered against project requirements.
Obviously, I can’t cover all possible project requirements here without boring you (or, worse, scaring you off!); however, below follows a few pointers to keep you on the straight and narrow.
- What’s the size and complexity of your translation project?
Selecting a professional translation agency that provides one-stop shopping (full service & additional, value added translation solutions), as opposed to several smaller companies, can lower the overall price for large and/or complex translation projects. For example, if your project requires value added solutions such as Japanese copywriting or layout & graphic design, then it definitely makes economic sense to use an agency that's able to provide for all your needs under one roof.
Find professional Japanese translation agency capable of handling ALL your project requirements.
- What technical, or subject matter, expertise does the translation service bring to the table?
Translation is about language (moving information between two languages) AND technical expertise (i.e. economics, finance, legal etc). Translations that don’t meet the technical expertise criteria will either cost you directly (re-translation fees) and/or indirectly (lost time & lost business opportunities).
Go with the service offering a money back guarantee, because it’s essentially saying:
This is how confident we are of our technical expertise.That is, you save money with guaranteed Japanese translations!
- What project management system does the translation service company have in place?
Managing large and complex projects is a difficult task -- Lack of a robust project management system can increase errors and delays (misplaced documents and communications) and, ultimately, your costs. Did I mention frustration?
Look for a professional translation service that has invested in a project management system -- This is in-and-of-itself an indication of commitment to producing professional translations!
- What relationship does the translation agency offer?
Chances are you’ll have an ongoing (long-term) need for Japanese translation as you develop new services and products for your target market. Calculate the cost required to research which agency is right for your projects. Now, think about that cost if you were to search anew for each project you launched.
Spending time and resources upfront identifying translation agencies capable of offering you the right relationship will more than pay for itself over the long-term; One time research cost, lower translation rates and repeat customer discounts to name but a few.
Once you understand your project requirements, it’s pretty straight forward identifying the right professional translation services that will help you slash costs -- The payout is you get quality, cost effective Japanese translations.
About the Author
Ivan Vandermerwe is the CEO of SAECULII YK, the owner of Japan, Tokyo based Japanese Translation Agency Visit SAECULII for the latest professional case studies, articles and news on Japanese Translation Service
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