Benefiting from agency services
I work independently as
well as with translation agencies. In some cases, you may
prefer to work with me through an agency. Please consider
the tips below.
If you would like to work with me through
an agency, I already work with Carstens
+ Partner and ITL
in Munich, and with the RWS
Group in Berlin, all highly regarded in the translation
community. If you use another agency and would like to stay
with them, please ask your agency about working with me through
When to use an agency
- You need
to translate large volumes of text into several languages.
- You have severe
time constraints that require the use of multiple translators
- You regularly require
translators to be available around the clock and at very
- You use non-standard
file formats that freelance translators are unlikely to
be able to handle.
- You work with high-end
project management, CMS and translation memory systems that
a freelance translator is unlikely to have available.
When to work directly with
- You would
like to have direct contact with the translator. Having
a language expert a phone call away can save you time. Some
agencies welcome this, too.
- You want
to use the same translator all the time. Some agencies make
- You require
a translator who becomes intimately familiar with your company's
business, style, products, clients and terminology. Not
only will your texts be more effective, but the translator
will be able to give you more valuable feedback on your
documents - an important added
value. Some agencies make this possible.
- You do not
require the added services of an agency and wish to avoid
the associated charges.
- You need
translator contact during evenings and weekends.
- Your sector
is highly specialized, one in which it is difficult to find
a translator with prior knowledge in the field. You'll need
to invest in "training" a translator. Look for
a curious, dedicated translator who is willing to work his
or her way into the subject matter. To get good results,
invest the time to answer questions and provide the necessary