A smooth and efficiently run business involves planning ahead. Whether its producing goods to meet clients’ orders on time or honing services in advance of selling then to clients, planning is key. Yet a surprising number of companies do not factor in time for their professional translation services. This is particularly important with the holiday season approaching – here’s why.
Understanding the translation industry
Many translators work freelance, either through a translation company or directly with their clients. Unlike regular, 9-5 employees, translators can choose to take time off whenever they wish and many use the Christmas and New Year period to enjoy an extended break. At the same time, many fulltime translators also take leave over the holiday period, which means that translators can be in shorter supply over the festive season, particularly for less frequently translated languages or specialist translations such as medical or legal documents. It’s always best to book your work in well in advance, especially at this time of year.
Seasonal translation demands
Seasonal demands can also have an impact on the availability of translators over the festive period. From holiday greetings cards to charity appeal letters to seasonal marketing brochures, many companies find that their translation requirements go up as the sound of sleigh bells advances. It’s important, therefore, to book your translation job in as early as possible, so that you don’t have to wait longer than usual for it to be completed.
The holiday season also means increased staff absence within many companies, leaving fewer people around to carry out the business’ essential tasks. The time dedicated to tasks tends to reduce and thus anything that can be completed earlier should be, in order to ensure the company continues to run efficiently during the holidays. Translation tasks can be assigned to a translation service in advance of the holiday season, thus reducing pressure on those staff who remain in the office while others are enjoying their mince pies.
Have you booked in your business translation services yet? If not, there’s no time like the present!