Everyday people ask us, “How much is it to translate my document?” and while that is the right question to ask, it’s like asking a mechanic how much it will cost to fix your car before he has even had a chance to look at it.
To be sure you are getting the professional document translation services you need at the right price, it’s a good idea for you to answer the following questions first:
- Who is the target audience? Is the translation intended for a broad audience or for a specific/smaller group?
- Do I need a nonprofessional or professional translation?
- When do I need the translation to be completed?
A Little Preparation Goes A Long Way
Knowing the intended audience for your translated document will help you in the following ways: 1) it will establish trust, 2) the translated information will be easier to understand, and 3) adding images into the document will further enhance your audience reach.
Also, if your translation is to be used in a business, legal, governmental or other official manner, you may want to consider hiring a professional translation service provider (psst… like Language Innovations!). On the other hand, if the translation is for personal use, such as sending a letter to a friend, you can probably get away using a nonprofessional translator (maybe even free machine based/Internet translation). However, keep in mind the free translation applications are often not very reliable or accurate. Professional document translation allows for intricate proofreading and editing, which will benefit the overall quality and accuracy of the translation.
Brass Tacks– How Much Will It Cost?
Now that we’ve spent some time discussing the factors and influences on document translation, let’s get into some of the numbers. We’ve seen customers pay as little as $50 and as much as six figures. However, many customers fall between a range of $95 and $550.
- Personal documents such as a birth certificate or diploma: $65 – $125
- 10 page contract: $350 – $600
- 100 page infrastructure proposal: $3500 – $6000
The type of document and its length will determine the total cost of your document translation services. If you need a little more information about having your personal documents translated, work with industry-leading translators at Language Innovations who are known for their accuracy and professionalism.
Language Innovations – Your Trusted Document Translation Service Provider in Washington D.C.
Language Innovations is a valuable sounding board to the buying public for translation services. Ask us a question and receive a prompt and straightforward answer shortly! Have a brochure or personal document that needs to be translated? Contact us at (202) 349-4180 or email us at ContactLI@languageinnovations.com to learn more about our document translation services.