Ah, the age-old question, what will it cost? And better still, can I have it tomorrow?
"Translation is expensive." This quote is from Developing International User Information; A Digital Guide; Digital Press, 1992. Is it true? And if it's true, why does it cost so much (and how can I make it affordable)? Fear not, we're going to answer those questions.
What's the Fundamental Unit for Costing Translations
First-time shoppers for translations invariably think that agencies figure projects by the paragraph or the page. Translation costs and times are calculated by the word. Why not by the page? A page can have any number of words, from a few to a thousand.
What? No Price Lists?
Every job is different which is why we don't publish prices. We need to get detailed information from the client before we can give you an accurate (and we mean accurate - no one likes surprises) proposal.
All quotes are based on word counts, subject matter, the target market and language, file types, etc. This information helps us give you an dependable proposal. It also gives us ideas of how the project can be done more economically for you, something you can't get out of a price list.
The GRATIS Part
Still, you want to know what a project will cost you and we want to be accurate in our numbers. That's why NOW Translations offers free quotes. Just click here: Request A Free Quote.
If the material you need quoted on is of a sensitive nature, please have us sign a non-disclosure agreement concerning the project.
We're Happy to Tell You What Your Project Doesn't Cost
If someone tells you they're going to "throw in" the translations if they're allowed to distribute the product, you might want to ask them if they think you're an idiot. You've seen above how many hours go into doing a project. Who does this for "free"?
It isn't available for minimum wage, either. Keep in mind that "professional" level language people make real wages, just as writers, artists, and sales personnel do. If they translate for peanuts, you should be suspicious).
Getting an Idea of a Project's Price
If you're required to get more than one quote for a project (not a bad idea), we recommend you contact at least four different companies around the country. All of the agencies should make proposals which are close in price.
If one agency comes in too low or one is too high, you might want to make sure that agency understood what you wanted. If there's any major quote discrepancy, contact the agencies again to make sure they understood everything involved in the project.
Finally, base your decision not just on price, but the company's customer service, reliability, project management, years in the business, and whether or not they actually care about your project. NOW Translations does.