It’s Valentine’s Day again . . . but before you get caught up in all the hearts and flowers, take a step back and think about what’s working (or not working) in your relationship with your translation provider. Just like any relationship, there are a few key factors to consider. If your provider is lacking any of these, it may be time to break up.
1. Trust. “A relationship without trust is like a car without gas: you can stay in it all you want, but it won’t go anywhere . . .” —Michael J. Herbert
Trust is possibly the most important element in any relationship, even the one with your translation service. You are trusting them with material you have invested a lot of time in and you don’t want them to weaken the quality of your work. Of course, it takes a lot of time and effort to build this trust, so if your translation provider doesn’t put in the necessary work, it might be time to call it quits.
2. Timing. “The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.” —Joshua Harris
Would you want a significant other who is always late? Of course not. Having good timing in both relationships and translation helps build a strong foundation. You need someone who is there for you when you ask them to be. You have important deadlines, and your translation provider should respect them. If they’re always late with their work, it might be time to walk away.
3. Avoid embarrassing mistakes! “Do not be embarrassed by your failures; learn from them and start again.” —Richard Branson
When you take your significant other out on dates to show them off or to meet your friends and family, you don’t want them embarrassing themselves—and you! Just like it’s important that they have good manners and can carry themselves in public, your translations should be attractive to your target audience. If not, it could be embarrassing for you and your company.
4. Don’t settle. “Always know the difference between what you’re getting and what you deserve.” —Unknown
Finding a good partner is hard work, ; so is finding a translation provider.But don’t stay in an unhappy relationship to avoid dealing with the uncertainty of a new partner. Move on! Finding a new translation provider may seem a little scary, but your perfect match is out there waiting for you.
Before you make a serious commitment to your translation provider, take some time to consider these components. If you are looking for a good relationship, take a look at our clients’ testimonials. JPD Systems has never been through a bad breakup!