A Practical Guide for Translators (Topics in Translation) by Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

By Geoffrey Samuelsson-Brown

Most recent variation of the profitable best-seller that perspectives advertisement translation from the translator’s and customer’s viewpoints.

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As you become more experienced, your production capacity will improve. ’ and that is about it. Certainly, little consideration is made of experience, evidence of specialist knowledge, continuous personal development since qualifying or tangible evidence of quality management. 12 What is the difference between a translation company and a translation agency? One decision you will need to make at one stage is whether to work for translation companies and agencies or whether to try and build up your own client base.

You will need to advertise if you want to work directly with clients and this requires quite a different approach. There will be additional demands on your time that will swallow up productive and feeearning capacity. Approaching potential clients directly requires a lot of work. Table 1 will perhaps allow you to make your own judgement. Working with translation agencies Working with direct clients All major agencies advertise in the ‘Yellow Pages’ and are easily accessible How do you identify potential clients?

There are a variety of external resources available, but the challenge is how to select the best translation services provider for your particular needs. This choice is particularly difficult if you do not have the staff to assess the quality of the translations provided – you have to rely on the integrity of the service provider. 3 How to find a translation services provider If you look in the section for Translators and Interpreters in the London Business Pages, for example, you will find literally hundreds of firms from ‘one-man bands’ to translation companies with a significant number of permanent staff.

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