So, according to your resume, you’re fluent in a language you haven’t used since high school.
Your boss just asked you to translate an important document.
Google translate looks tempting; it’s free after all. But, like an unstable ex, you know it will come back to haunt you.
You look at some translation company websites. They claim to be the best in every language on earth.
Their customer testimonials sound like they were written by the same person.
Their “customer” pictures look like discount stock images. You realize that translation is a highly unregulated industry.
With new companies popping up on the internet every day, there’s been a steady race to the bottom.
Quality varies greatly making it difficult to find reliable resources.
We understand the struggle. Wasted hours searching for document translation at our previous jobs inspired us to start our own company.
After a decade of experience as customers and as service providers, we know the industry inside and out.
Now we are sharing our knowledge with you.
Here is actionable info on how to get the best translation service.
Before you Start
Get Consistent Quality
Many translation companies will claim to provide the best results immediately.
Great translation, however, doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a few files for even experienced translators to find the best word choices and sentence structure.
A good translator will consistently search for optimal solutions for you. Look for people who ask the right questions to provide better results.
Once you receive well-translated documents from someone, let them know.
Make sure to request the same translator and proofreader if you are satisfied with the quality.
They will be more than happy to accommodate you.
A good translation company will be eager to receive any kind of feedback. Never hesitate to voice your concerns or appreciation.
The Bottom Line
Translation quality comes down to individual talent and sense. Education, certificates, experience, association memberships and high rates aren’t always the best indicators of high quality.
There are excellent translators with minimal experience and vice versa. A good way to discover the best ones is to “date” them by sending smaller files first.
We wish you the best of luck with your future translation projects. Feel free to send us a file for review.