Translate Spanish to English / Translate English to Spanish - Understanding Price Proposals
Spanish Translation Price Guide 2 - What it all means
Before choosing a Spanish translation partner, it's a good idea to request multiple price quotations in order to have a basis for comparison (and for negotiating). But once you have received several proposals, how to choose among them?
We know of companies whose system for choosing suppliers is to go automatically for the lowest price. We have also heard of companies whose standard procedure is to choose the second lowest bidder, with the idea that this will somehow approach a balance between price and quality. We think the process merits a bit more thought than that.
First, you have to try to figure out exactly what you will be getting for your money. Especially if you are comparing agencies, the type of service you are being offered might be quite different. Probe a little deeper. For tips on what to look for, read our articles about choosing a freelance translator and choosing a translation agency.
Second, decide what level of translation you actually need. Is it important that everything come out just right? Maybe you don't need a perfect translation, in which case it could be worth compromising on quality a bit in order to save some money.
When it comes to translation, a high price does not automatically mean high quality. However, we believe that a very low price is a red flag that something is not right.
Be particularly suspicious of any agency that offers to translate Spanish to English for a price that is below market rates. You are almost guaranteed that this agency is not hiring translators that charge market rates or paying editors to revise the work. It is not economically possible for them to do so and make a profit.
When a freelance translator charges very low rates, that is likely to mean one of two things. The first possibility is that this is an inexperienced translator or one who is desperate to find work. While that is not a very positive sign, it is possible that this translator will do a good job.
A second possibility is that the translator is making up for the low rate with a high volume. If the translator is churning out a large number of translations in a short time, he or she can still earn a good living in spite of the low rate; however, the quality of each translation is likely to suffer.
Other factors influencing price
You will notice that many of the freelance translators in our sample rates list advertise a range rather than a single per word rate to translate English to Spanish, or to translate Spanish to English. In addition to the number of words in the document, translation pricing can depend on many other factors, including:
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