You may have been able to get by with only one language for your company, but as business has expanded globally, the need for translation services has grown. You need your important documents translated into the language of foreign employees of clients for business to continue smoothly.
While you may understand the need to get this translation project taken care of, you still want to get the best price. Before investing a large chunk of your budget into getting translations done, do your research to make sure you get the best price for the translation project.
There’s nothing wrong with comparing translation service companies to ensure you get a good price. Every translation project is unique, and prices are affected by many factors. In order to determine the best price for your translation project, you will want to take your time to search around, reading reviews, and getting quotes.
The quote you receive from a professional translation services company will depend on what your translation project requires. A document with a lot of text will cost more, though more words will often get you a cheaper price per word. You may also receive a discount for making a commitment to stay with a company through additional projects. However, expect to pay more for more complex content, uncommon languages, short due dates, and if your project requires additional tasks like formatting.
Make sure to check the reviews of the companies you are interested in and, as you receive quotes, get clarification on the price you are quoted. Determine what factors are a part of the price you are getting before agreeing to a low rate. If a company gives you a very cheap quote that you almost can’t believe, you may not be getting what you expect.
The Lowest Price Isn’t Necessarily the Best Price
If a price you receive seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take an unreasonably low price for professional translation services as an immediate red flag. If they’re charging pennies, something is certainly amiss.
You may have no idea who is translating your work, where they are from, and what they understand about your subject matter. If you don’t know these things about the company, how can you trust that they are qualified to provide the quality service you need? The simple fact is that cheap service will never offer you the certainty of a high quality product.
Instead, a low price may indicate that the quote you have been given is only for basic translation services, and not any of the additional work you may require. Without essential editing, proofreading, or formatting, your documents will not be up to the expected quality. A mistake in translation that you spend barely anything on is not so easily forgiven by your colleagues that speak the language. Even worse, an unbelievably low price may be because you won’t be getting professional human translation service at all. While a company employing professional translation experts could never get away with such low pricing, it’s perfectly reasonable for a company to charge very little when all they are doing is running your content through automated translation software.
An extremely low price can be very tempting, but don’t fall for it. If a company is willing to charge very little, there is usually a reason for it. Always remember that you get what you pay for.
The Best Price for the Best Quality
While a cheap rate may save you money in the short term, when you realize what’s been lost in terms of quality, you’ll find that your choice costs you more than you thought. A qualified professional translation service company will give you a quote for a much higher price. It is the experience and expertise that makes this quote the better price. Investing in trusted professionals is sure to be the right choice for your company.
You aren’t just looking for a simple translation to help you get by in a foreign country. You need specialized content translated for professional purposes. This type of work requires specialized knowledge to get it done accurately. For example, if you are a doctor writing an article about the work you’ve done, you’d expect your translator to possess medical writing expertise.
Of course, the translation of this type of technical content will cost more because of the expert level of skill it requires. The quality you need is definitely worth the extra cost for the services. An investment in qualified professionals is really the only way you can be sure of getting the best price for your translation service needs.
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Our technical translation experts are ready to provide you with professional translations for a great price. With the skill and experience you expect from a translator, GlobalSpeak Translations offers service you can trust. Contact us today for a quote and we will make sure you have the best price for your project.