Why should you hire a professional freelance translator rather than a large, multilingual translation agency? In a nutshell, a qualified, independent freelance translator is in the position to provide you with much better service.

A freelance translator offers close client relationships.
You only have one point of contact, who is there for you every step of the way throughout your translation project. If you require ongoing translation services, a freelance translator will get to know your business, your language, your style and your specialized terminology, effectively becoming part of your team. A translation agency, on the other hand, will outsource your projects to various translators and, over time, may even have changing project managers working on your account.

A freelance translator eliminates the middle man.
This not only facilitates communication, it also reduces cost. With a translation agency, part of your payment goes to the agency, while the rest is passed on to the translator. Why not pay a translator directly for outstanding work and cut out the overhead that effectively means you will end up with a cheaper translator? In return, you get to work closely with the linguist, who will be able to come directly to you if he or she has questions, and you will be able to answer them much quicker than if you had to communicate through an agency, allowing the project to move along much faster.

A freelance translator puts you in charge of the hiring decision.
When you are looking for a freelance translator, you can check out a potential candidate’s qualifications and decide for yourself if this particular linguist is a good fit. Many translation agencies accept virtually any translation project that comes through their doors and worry about finding a suitable translator later – and unfortunately, some are more suitable than others. A good freelance translator will never accept work for which he or she isn’t qualified, and will tell you up front what’s doable and what isn’t.

A freelance translator guarantees complete confidentiality for your project.
Usually, professional freelance translators have a confidentiality clause in their standard contracts. Most will also be happy to sign your NDA. Either way, you can rest assured that if you send your confidential information to a freelance translator, that’s as far as it will go. With a translation agency, on the other hand, your information may not only end up in the hands of various agency employees but also may be sent out, at least in part, to various translators during the assignment and translation process – which may end up involving numerous translators if the project is large.

For even more reasons why you should hire a professional translator, visit my Pinterest site, where you will find various articles on the subject as well as examples of cases where obviously, professional translators were not consulted. Interesting and entertaining.

Recently, I started writing blog posts that are particularly interesting to my clients or translation buyers in general. To help you find the content that is most relevant to you more quickly, I am listing those articles here. This list is bound to grow in the coming months!

December 12, 2015

The 5 Ws of Successful Translation Projects

October 2, 2015

Translation Rates: How are they determined, and why do they vary so much?

March 21. 2015

How to Find a Good Professional Translator

October 25, 2014

Marketing to a Global Audience: Making Your Company’s Translation Projects More Efficient

October 8, 2014

A Post for Translation Buyers: Advantages of Hiring a Freelancer

April 25, 2014

How Not to Approach a Translator

 

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Whether you are already engaged in business relationships with Germany or planning to expand your market overseas, you may find the following resources helpful and informative.

10 Reasons to Choose Germany: A guide from Germany Trade & Invest, the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany.

American Council on Germany: The ACG is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which promotes dialogue among leaders from business, government, and the media in the United States and Europe.

German-American Chamber of Commerce: Your one-stop shop for information about German-American business relationships.

Bavaria – A Guide for Investors: An informative brochure by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.

Understanding German Business Culture: An article offering advice to help ease the transition into German business life.

You may find these and more useful articles on my Pinterest board “Doing Business in Germany.”