It’s easy to get lost in translation in a multilingual business world.

That’s why translation agencies and services play a huge role in connecting businesses through document translations. Through this service, it is easier to drive the results you want for your business.

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Here are 3 major mistakes to avoid when dealing with document translation.

1. Doing the translation in-house

There are times when brochures, catalogs, and even documents need to be translated. As the manager, you are in charge of assigning the work to your staff.

Since the guy at marketing is good at English, you decide to give the translation task to him. After all, he’s in marketing. He’s supposed to know about copywriting and all.

But when you see the results, you see that it’s not usable because some of the texts lost its meaning.

While doing translation in-house may seem cost-efficient, hiring a translation agency gives you more savings in the long run. Professionals in charge of translating documents will be able to drive the message home and also help you get to your targets faster.

2. Finding a ‘cost-effective’ agency

We are always on the lookout for a balance between cheap prices and good value.

So on your next translation project, you search for translation services that promise fast results, affordable prices, and even throws in discount coupons here and there. And so, you decide to go for this one instead.

Now here’s the problem: most of the time these translation services hire random foreigners who translate as is. You then find out that proofreading costs extra, and worse, they probably use automated software that makes your texts sound robotic.

Avoid this mistake by choosing professionals who make sure that they give you high-quality translations. Remember that cheap isn’t always good.

3. Putting the translation off until the last minute

It’s easy to think that translation is easy since you already have the text available. So instead of going through the process of reviewing and proofreading the translated text, you and your team prioritize other tasks you need to do.

Then you realize it’s a day before the deadline. So you rush to send it to your translation service, which is then forced to provide a fast and spotless translation. This might be difficult for your translator service, no matter how much of an expert they are on the subject matter. This will also cause unwanted errors, which will be a huge waste of everyone’s time.

How to know if you’re dealing with a good translation agency?

There are six rules you need to check when looking out for a good professional translation agency:

  1. The team is highly experienced in their respective fields (normally around 5-10 years)
  2. The translators translate into their native language
  3. They use professional and industry-recognized tools
  4. The documents are proofread by a separate party not involved in the translation
  5. The agency has a Project Manager who will be in touch with the client and will communicate the needs and modifications to the team
  6. The agency offers their clients a free translation test before any work is undertaken

Remember that content is king. Getting your content out to your target audience is the main goal of any campaign. Translated texts help you connect better with the local audience, so it is best to find a team that will help you send the right message across.

Hi-Com Asia is an international standard agency which specializes in the Chinese market. They also offer professional services in translation, interpretation and copywriting in more than 35 languages.

Visit their website for more details.

For more details about common mistakes when dealing with translations, check out Hi-Com’s article here: 8 Common Mistakes in Dealing with Translation

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Herlene Somook is a creative entrepreneur and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate of AB Psychology, she was a Kumon Reading teacher for five years before jumping ship to the Business Process Outsourcing Industry, where she gained experience in Inbound Sales, Technical Support, Outbound Services, Lead Generation and Marketing. Today, she spends her time as the Head Writer and Content Strategist for NextStep Hub. She loves reading bedtime stories to her toddler son.