Multilingual transcription services are becoming more and more popular as more people and organizations reach out to other parts of the globe.
The language barrier found between different countries can be very difficult to get around without a suitable translation and transcription service. Once you do have transcriptions sorted there are so many benefits that can be found – the ability to reach into new markets, the exchange of ideas, easier immigration, or legal help – the good that transcriptions services can do is huge.
However, lots of people do not know where to go for their personal, work, or hobby transcription services. Between agencies, freelancers, or in-house transcribers there are a lot of pros and cons to think about, so let’s look at why people might choose to use an online agency for their transcription needs.
No job too big or too small
Lots of people only need a one-off transcription or a small run of transcriptions for a project. This is not a problem for an agency. Even for companies who may have a certain number of transcription jobs every month, it is often not worth having a dedicated in-house transcriber.
Using a transcription agency means that you can only pay for transcriptions when you need them done, which can be much cheaper if you only need a small number of jobs. At the same time though, an agency can often take on bigger jobs due to the number of transcribers they have.
Urgent jobs are possible
Again, since transcription agencies often have a large number of transcribers who do transcriptions for them, it is often possible to get an urgent or last-minute transcription job done. Agencies have the advantage over solo freelancers in this regard – if a solo freelancer is busy, they are busy and cannot help, and you would have to check another freelancer.
Agencies can assign tasks to an available transcriber, saving you from having to check with multiple different people. Having your job allocated to a transcriber by an agency can save the time that you would otherwise have spent finding someone to take the job on.
Range of specialties
There are plenty of specialisms within the world of transcriptions. These include medical transcription, legal transcription, and technical transcription, where there is a lot of specialist language and terminology that a transcriber must be familiar with.
Pretty much every individual field of work has special skills that are needed of the transcribers who work on their files and documents. If you hire an in-house transcriber, you may be able to find a specialist for the main work your company does, but if you are an engineering firm, they may not be able to handle transcription of legal meetings as well as technical transcriptions of brainstorming sessions.
If you use a transcription agency, you can get each item transcribed by the person who will be best for the job.
Wide range of languages
Just as with specialties, agencies can offer a wide range of language options for all your transcription needs. This is especially useful if you need a document transcribed and translated into multiple different target languages, or if you need transcriptions from multiple languages – for example, if you want to transcribe focus group sessions from across multiple locations.
Rather than having to find a different freelancer for each target language you have, you can let the agency deal with finding the right people, which can save you a lot of time. Agencies that have a lot of different languages on offer also often offer transcribers with more fluency in each language than a freelancer usually can – since people can specialize when they work for an agency, it gives more room for them to make sure they are excellently fluent in their language.
Getting the right transcription service for your business or personal transcription needs can be difficult. There are many different options online. However, going with a transcription agency for your online transcription services can help cut out a lot of the difficulties.
Agencies help make sure that your jobs go to the best people who have the most experience, allowing them to make a better transcription for you. Agencies can handle jobs whether they are big or small, which also gives you the benefit of having a skilled transcriber on-hand without having to pay someone in-house.