When you’re in the market for translation services, it can help to understand how the cost of translation services is determined. Here’s a breakdown of the major factors that come into play when you’re getting translation service quotes:
Major Factors Affecting the Cost of Translation Services
Word Count – This first one may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. If you have large documents in need of translation, you should set aside a larger budget than for just a few pages.
Format — Things like file type and the kind of software required for accessing a document could impact the price of a translation. Let us know if there are layout or small design changes that need to be made.
Complexity of Subject Matter – If you have some simple inter-office communication that you need to translate for your employees at another location, it won’t require as many specialists as say, a medical research document or scientific paper.
Need for Intermediate Language – Often times, if you’re translating from one lesser-known language into another, your translation services company will need to utilize an inter-language. Most often, the inter-language that will be used is English. Because there’s an added step, you can anticipate that it will increase the cost of translation services.
Urgency – If you need a rapid turnaround, expect to pay extra. Just as with most other services, there is a premium attached to delivering on a tight deadline without advance notice.
Social and Economic Factors – The rarity of the language and the cost of living in the country from which the language originates are the two biggest determining factors outside of job specifics (i.e. word count, turnaround, complexity of subject). For example, some of the rarer African languages can be costlier, as can translating documents in Finnish due to Finland’s high cost of living.
Our Translations Services
Our translation services have been used by law firms, schools, and companies of all sizes for the past 20 years. All of our translation work is completed by our global network of native speakers in over 150 languages.
- Corporate Communications
- Human Resource – Employee Handbooks
- Ethics and Compliance
- Annual Reports
- Contracts & Agreements
- Education (IEP’s and related documents)
- …and more
- School Transcripts and Diplomas
- Financial Documents
- Medical Records
- Documents such as Birth Certificates, Marriage
- Certificates, etc.
How to Hire ABS
To begin working with ABS on a translation project, give our office a call at 215-233-3000 or get in touch with us.