Language service provision is composed of several deliberate steps. Like any entrepreneur, a language service provider follows an outlined working process that will produce the desired outcome for the client – that is to say, a process that is systematic and optimized for efficiency.


It is important to consider the steps of the working process from a time-allocation perspective. After all, time allocation is the key principle of invoicing: regardless of whether the billable unit of measurement is the word or the line, the translator is still essentially charging for time spent on the commission. Time management is especially important for expert service providers, because a translator can sell any given hour of their time only once.


The duration of the different steps of the working process directly affects the profitability of a commission, i.e. your earnings. Awareness of your own translator competence plays a critical role in this. Familiar genres and subject matters make for a faster translation process, which in turn means more profit.