If you have one or a thousand documents you need translated into another language for business, professional, or even personal reasons, you are more than likely wondering how to find the best translation service. Before you go another step, you should consider if you want an individual or a service to do the translating for you. Both of course, have their pros and cons.
If you choose an individual, you will be working with one person. They will be the only person you will need to communicate with and they will be the one that is responsible for the translation. This means if you have a problem, you will know whom to contact, however, if you need the documents translated into more than one language, this will be a difficult task to find one person so talented.
A translation service or agencies as they are often called have several employees. From the secretary or contact person to many different language professionals will be at your disposal. However, this may be quite confusing, if you need to talk to one of the translators as you may have several individuals working on your project. Normally, large companies are working on more than one project at a time and it may be difficult to talk to the actual person working on your project. On the other hand, this does ensure you will have an entire team working on your translation, which will be receiving more input from different individuals, thus a better quality translation.
You should also consider the documents you need to have translated. Is it health related? Is it technical? Is it legal? All of these documents may need a person that is experienced in the field to properly translate the material. When it comes to legal material in most cases, you may need a translator that is certified to translate such material.
In addition to the above, you also need to find a translation service that can translate in all the languages you need, or you may find yourself hiring more than one service and this will make the cost rise.
You also have to consider the person or persons that will be reading the material. If you have a website that needs translating or an important document, you will need a translation service that can translate accordingly. You would not want your legal document to sound like the same as what you might find on an ordinary website.
If you desire quality translations, then you must be willing to pay the extra to ensure you are receiving the best possible translations. If you do not mind if the translations are perfect, then use a free online translation program. They will not be correct, but will get your point across. For professional work, leave it up to the professionals.