When you need a quote for your translation, you simply call or email the agency and ask for one. What you don’t expect, is the array of questions about your translation from the agency quoting your request. From what format the documents are in, to how you would like the files delivered to you and everything in between –when requesting a quote for translation, or typesetting services, there is certain information that you will be required to provide to the translation agency.
Long ago the world had one language and few words. One day, a group of architects decided to write a manual containing sensitive information on the design of a tower they were building in their city. The tower was to reach the sky and would ultimately determine their greatness. Their pride and confidence took over and they soon ignored their boss. As punishment, their boss scattered the architects across the entire earth and made them all speak different languages. This created much confusion, and so the city was named Babel. Many years passed and no-one could unlock the secrets of the tower, at least until the birth of the great Babel Fish.
A few summers ago, I interviewed a summer student. He was doing his graduate studies in political science at the time. From his resume, I could tell that he had political ambitions. My question for him was, if you had a choice between working as an auto assembly worker and a position in the political science field with long term potential but less pay, which one would you pick? I thought this might have been a fairly difficult question but it did not take him long to reply. "I think I'd work for Chrysler's any day, who can say no to good pay and benefits?"
Have you ever had the chance to ask yourself what kind of a life you would like to be living? Even though I have asked myself that question once in a while, I had to give it a lot more thought lately, because it is part of a personal growth course that I am taking.
Running a translation business is not easy. As small as the industry may be, we as business owners face a full set of business challenges: personnel management, sales and marketing, client relations, and the list goes on. Everyday, we go into work hoping to improve the business, to make it more successful. Sometimes we wonder, what is the killer factor? What makes some companies more successful than others?