Business Translation Center

What is the best way to find a professional translation service?

by OFER TIROSH 28/03/2018

Finding a reliable professional translation service is an important part of ensuring that your business is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities presented by globalization. As such, it’s important to find a service that provides responsive, high quality translations in line with your deadlines. This can be a surprisingly tricky task: there are a lot of translation services out there and not all of them deliver the kind of services that businesses need. 

The best way to find a professional translation service is to have in mind a range of factors against which to assess potential companies. Searching online will present plenty of possible candidates, which then need to be whittled down to find the best of the best. It’s a good idea to start by looking at a company’s availability and responsiveness. If the service isn’t available 24/7, that’s not a good start. Seek out services that have staff available to respond to your queries at any time of day or night. Doing so may well save you from a stressful situation further down the line. 

Next, look into the company’s longevity. How long has it been operating for? What is its track record with major clients? How favorable are the reviews online? Your research should leave you feeling sufficiently confident in the company’s credentials and long-term viability. 

Think about the size and scope of the company as well. How many countries does it operate in and how many languages does it conduct its business in? Well established global translation companies have to work hard to maintain their position in a competitive marketplace, so bigger is often better if you’re looking for a long-term translation partner. 

In addition, consider its specialist knowledge. As well as ensuring that the company has the language pairing(s) that you need, be sure to check out its expertise in terms of subject matter. A specialist business translation service is essential if your company is serious about succeeding overseas.

Finally, double check that the company is happy to provide certified translations. A certificate of translation provides assurance as to the quality of the translation, as it certifies it is an exact translation of the original document. If a translation company isn’t happy to stand by its work with a certificate of translation, move swiftly on!

Ticking all of these boxes should mean that you end up with a professional translation service that is perfectly placed to serve your business in its engagement with overseas audiences. 

If you have questions about this or any other translation-related matter, feel free to contact the Tomedes team by phone, email or live chat. We look forward to hearing from you.