Donnerstag, 29. August 2013

Guter Rat

Wenn's mal nicht so klappen will, wie's sollte, hier ein guter Rat vom Meister persönlich:
"Geschieht wohl, daß man einen Tag
weder sich noch andre leiden mag,
will nichts dir nach dem Herzen ein.
Sollts in der Kunst wohl anders sein?
Drum hetze dich nicht zur schlimmen Zeit;
denn Füll und Kraft sind nimmer weit:
Hast in der bösen Stund geruht,
ist dir die gute doppelt gut."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Werk: Guter Rat)

Mittwoch, 21. August 2013

Time to put your prices up?

I have written a few times about pricing and discounts lately, and how the tendency is to go down with prices especially when times are tough, even if only temporarily.
Now this article by Paul Sulzberger published on The translation business has been making the rounds in the translator community, proposing a completely different approach to falling prices - namely to raise them?!

It is kind of long, but very interesting to read, and it makes some very valid points well worth thinking about in my opinion.

The final two paragraphs sum it up nicely:
The disruptive players, with their lower-cost business models, will ultimately dominate the “low end” of the market and as their performance improves, they will continue to move up market.
With the lower ground gone, the traditional LSPs* will have to scramble to find a niche higher up the “quality” ladder where they can serve customers who are prepared to pay higher prices. But delivering the goods to the industry’s most demanding customers is no easy matter—access to quality resources becomes a critical factor and a matter of survival. This implies intensified competition to attract and retain human resources that are already in short supply—the best and most talented translators.
So the real challenge then is not raising the prices (although that can be challenging enough, I know), but rather becoming one of "the best and most talented translators" and then making sure the right people know it!

* LSP = language service provider

Donnerstag, 15. August 2013


Ja, das liebe Sommerloch, der Urlaub, Feiertage, Ferien.... und dann findet man sowas im Briefkasten und denkt sich: Job-Sicherheit! ;-)

Dienstag, 6. August 2013

Permanent errors

It's been too hot to think these days, so I figured some language-related fun is in order.

Enjoy these tattoos...