People and businesses are increasing demand for translation services each day. The world is now connected and people have business and dealings all over the world.
You would need a translation service now for anything, for example, translation of an education certificate and translate a business website among other things.
As a result of this rise in demand, we now have a lot of translation agencies all over the world.
Now, finding the right translation service can be somewhat difficult. I mean, if you do not know where to find one or you are not sure that you are giving your job to the right translation agency.
In this article, we will discuss some guidelines you can follow to finding the ideal translation service.
Normally, translation services agencies and providers are accredited and professional organisations. A good one should also offer Simultaneous Translations services.
The first place you should look at is your local directory, for example, the Yellow Pages. You will have more success in this area if you have a specific business directory for where you are. The only thing you have to do is search for "translation". It could also be filed under "translators and interpreters". Look at the listing and you can be sure that you would find what you are looking for. You could also search on the internet. This is probably the easiest way you could find a translation service. Use search engines (Google, Yahoo and MSN) and you will find lots and lots of listings. A benefit of using these search engines is that you can narrow your search to what you need exactly. However, if you feel unsure when interacting with them, it will be better to look out for other agencies that appear to know your needs and how best to satisfy you. There are a lot of them after all. This question is important if the text is technical.
If you use search engines, you will have two types of search results; paid listings and organic listings (non-advertised). Do not totally write off the organic listings because the search engines brought them because they fit your search criteria. The last and probably the most credible way of looking for a translation service is by asking people closest to you; your family, friends and colleagues. What do they say about the wonders of word of mouth again? Nevertheless, you need to know that many translation agencies will not be able to give you the right charge until they see the document you are translating.
This is because they may not give the right charge because there is some information only the document can reveal information about the quality of the document, format and complexity of the text. It would be easier for both parties if the document is in an electronic format so it can be sent via email or any other electronic means. During your interaction with the translation agency, ensure that you painstakingly explain what you need and give them even the most minute detail. Nonetheless, a decent agency will ask the necessary questions but you can never be too careful.
The moment you possess the list of translation agencies you want to contact, be sure you have all the information about the service you need so you would get a good service. If you contact a good translation agency, they will be curious to know the languages you are translating from and translating into, how long the document is, the nature of the document (business, technical etc.) the document format (email, brochure etc.) and the deadline. All these information are important as they would help the translation agency determine your price and also give you the best service. To further lead you, these are some question templates you could ask the translation agency. Translation is a serious work so you need to ask a lot of questions. So let us dig in: In the occasion where they gave you a price, ask them what their charge per 1000 word is. Will they charge you for the source word or the target word?
The source word is the language you are translating from, the target word is the language you are translating to. Did they offer you a fixed charge or you will still have to pay more as the work progresses? What is the proficiency of their translator and what are their criteria for hiring translators? In the event that they didn't beat your deadline, will they still get paid? Will your work be proof-read by another translator and does your bill cover that? Do their translators have knowledge of the subject matter of the text? If the job is overly important, ask them if they can send a trial first before you give them the contract. Note that this may not be free. Asking them these questions or related question will offer you some overview as to what they can do and how well they know their job. Finally, which translation service should you go for? Lots of people select translation service in relation to their location, cost and the agency's ability to beat deadlines. The guidelines for selecting a translation service are flexible and ultimately the final decision rests in the hand of the person who needs the service.