Choosing the Right Translation Service in Phoenix, Arizona
We get it. You are searching online for a translation service for your requirements, and you have run into so many different options that you are left scratching your head! Below are three of the many types of translation services offered in Phoenix, Arizona, which can be found in other cities as well. Learning the differences among them and what they bring to the table can be helpful to choose the right one for your needs. Also, you are more likely to make a good investment if you are aware of each type’s capabilities and limitations.
A Freelance Translator or Single Language Service Provider: This is a great and more affordable option, mainly when you are looking to translate only one language pair, say, English to Spanish, you do not require a very large volume of words for translation in a short time and you have a “competent” in-house reviewer to double-check the output, especially if you are publishing your content online or printing it out. Keep in mind that even a professional translator can make mistakes or typos. Freelance translators usually specialize in a particular industry, so be prepared to dig deeper to find that expert in your specific niche! If you decide to hire a freelancer, make sure to hire a professional translator, not just a “bilingual” person. Translating is a profession; being bilingual is not. Make sure that the translator holds a translation certification from a respected organization, such as the American Translator Association, or that he/she is a “sworn” translator in his/her country of origin. Alternatively, they can have a bachelor’s degree in translation, or proven significant translation experience and a higher education degree in a subject matter. The best translators will meet all the above requirements. Make sure to ask for references and check their credentials too. Also remember that it is always best for a translator to translate into his/her native language only. Ideally, you want to work with a translator who uses a professional translation tool (not automated translation). However, not all do so. A Boutique Translation Company: This option is the middle ground in terms of investment and offering. They usually have a very low overhead and can offer quality and professional translations and personalized customer service at very competitive pricing. You will probably work directly with project managers who are also translators by trade. This makes the translation process highly efficient and quick. These companies work only with professional and tested translators who meet all the above qualifications. Additionally, every translation job is reviewed by a separate translator as part of their Quality Assurance process. They work with recognized state-of-the-art translation tools (not automated translation) that guarantee consistency and accuracy in terminology and significant time and cost savings, since they offer discounts for repetitions and existing translations. These companies are small enough that they usually work with the same group of reliable and tested translators, which ensures that your materials have the same style and tone. However, these companies only translate into a limited number of industries and languages, and typically do not develop their own software or have a large IT department that you can rely on. A Large Multilingual Translation Company: These companies are your best bet when you require millions of words of translation, in dozens of languages simultaneously. These companies usually translate into virtually every language and every industry in the world. They own their technology, which your company can even rent if it lacks, say, a powerful content management system or does not have a strong IT department. This is a definite asset when your project needs to meet tough technical requirements. These companies usually quote the highest rates in the market as a result of their very large supply chain. Your direct contact is typically the sales person, who gets in touch with the project manager, who in turn reaches out to the translator and editor in case you have a question related to the translation. Most large translation companies possess an impressive database of translators to meet challenging deadlines. However, the database is so large and worldwide that it does not always contain the best of the best. Besides, they will very rarely be able to guarantee the same translator for your projects, which can have an impact on consistency in terms of tone and style down the road. We hope that you have found this information useful, to choose the right translation service in Phoenix, Arizona, or any other state. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or drop us an email, and we will be happy to assist you. Language Concepts Consulting LLC is a boutique provider of professional translation and graphic design services to organizations of all sizes and industries across the United States. We specialize in English to Spanish translations and translations to Asian languages. We offer comprehensive and certified translation services to advertising agencies, educational institutions, financial and insurance companies, food and beverage companies, market research companies, medical and health care providers, nutraceutical and direct selling organizations, media and marketing companies, television networks, among others.