How is your Monday going so far? Are you feeling motivated, energetic or already daydreaming your workload away? Always playing catch-up with an endless to-do list can make even the most upbeat person feel like being caught in a relentless hamster-wheel. Although there is no magic bullet to a perfectly organised work life, it’s worth pausing sometimes and remembering that you don’t have to do everything yourself.
Sometimes it’s best to delegate and hire an expert to handle tasks that are not your second nature. By doing so, you can easily free up precious time to deal with what you do best – make money and grow your business.
Small business owners are often faced with financial pressures. Although some costs may seem initially high, it is worth considering the return on investment. In our view, language support is not a cost – it is an investment.
Let’s imagine a small business owner organising a multilingual event, where not all delegates will be able to communicate and understand each other. Opportunities for connection and networking are priceless but will be inadvertently lost without a common language. Sometimes the stakes are even higher, for example during business negotiations, where understanding and being understood at all times is paramount to a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved. It may be tempting to use a relative or try to get by on your own, but why risk appearing less competent or trustworthy? Insufficient language expertise often means that key messages are lost in translation.
The Victorian-era art critic, social thinker and philanthropist John Ruskin, has summarised this concept very succinctly:
“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you
bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well
to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”
Couldn’t agree more.
We at the Business Language Boutique love solving our clients’ headaches, but we also understand budgetary pressures.
Here are some ideas on how to raise funds to hire a linguist without breaking the bank:
• Contact a government organisation, foundation, sponsor, consulate or embassy. Sometimes it’s possible to receive grants for events promoting networking and business cooperation between countries from these sources.
• Grants, subsidies and even sponsoring are possible options in the case of private individuals, such as scholars, researchers, patients and their relatives, attending conferences, workshops or charity events. Another example is medical conferences attended by private individuals, such as patients and their relatives. It may be possible to include interpreting support in the travel and accommodation grant.
• If you are the organiser, send out a survey prior to the event to establish how many delegates may require interpretation. Perhaps there is a way of reserving a percentage of your ticket sales to finance multilingual services.
• Consider how much you are paying for other goods and services. Are they all essential or could you raise your interpreting funds by buying one gadget less, staying at a slightly cheaper hotel or having one dish less in your catering offering?
We will never compromise on quality or suggest a solution that won’t deliver. But we can be flexible and are always happy to discuss a bespoke service package tailored to your needs. Contact us at Business Language Boutique.