Translation companies can take the stress out of translating documents for your business. The only important thing you have to do is to choose the company that would best fulfill your needs. Screening companies can take some time and effort but you have to ensure that a company will deliver quality translations that are within your budget and deadline.
When searching for a document translation company, you should first consider a company's translation process. Check if the company requires you to send documents offline (fax or snail mail) or online. See if they accept documents as e-mail attachments or if they would require you to scan a document physically.
The second thing to consider is the types of services available. Many document translation companies offer specialized or 'niche' services because they have a team of translators that have experience and knowledge in particular fields. For example, they may assign your marketing brochure translation project to a translator with a business background, while your scientific reports would be assigned to someone with a science and technical background. Companies that do this will, in most cases, deliver a higher quality product. Verify whether they have a team of specialists, or if they use machines or software programs to perform the translation.
The third thing to consider when searching for the right document translation company is what the price structure is. Some companies offer flat-rate pricing based on the number of pages or words in the project, while others calculate prices based on the type of language, urgency, niche or subject of the document, and the number of words. Make sure you are aware of their pricing formula so you are aware of any surcharges, extra fees and costs that may be added to your project.
The fourth item to consider is what type of customer support you will have throughout the process. Depending on the size of your project, you will need to be in touch with a support agent to ensure that all documents have been received properly, and that you are aware of the expected delivery time. Most document translation companies will assign you an account or project manager as soon as you submit your first set of documents, and these individuals will serve as your contact throughout the process.
A final factor that must be considered before choosing a document translation company is the company's credentials. Some companies are members of translation associations such as the American Translators Association, and TRANSLEX International. What these associations do is ensure the quality of services by requiring translators of member companies to undertake training and certification programs. This practice will ultimately benefit consumers and the translation industry as a whole.
Choosing the right document translation company for your projects can be challenging, but taking the time to learn about the company's policies, procedures, rates and overall process can help you make the best decision.
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