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Need a Business Translator? Here’s How to Find One

Last updated on March 12, 2020

With today’s business reaching across the globe, sometimes language barriers prevent successful business dealings. That’s where a business translator comes into the picture. A business translator is well-versed in all types of business documents. He or she can translate annual reports, medical forms, other confidential legal documents, the dialogue of movies, and even novels that are being printed for foreign audiences to enjoy. If you work in the business world, you may find yourself needing the services of this professional. Read this article and you’ll learn how to find a business portable translator.

You’ll want to find a business translator who is fluent in English, and in at least two other languages as well. (Of course, the translator you search for will need to be fluent in whatever language you want him or her to translate for you.) Look for a translator who has formal education. He or she will need to have the education to communicate grammatically. They’ll need to be able to communicate clearly. They’ll also need good typing skills. If the documents you need translated contain medical or legal terms, for example, he or she should be knowledgeable in those areas.

Some questions about the candidate you have chosen can only be answered after they have worked for you for a short time. So you may want to set up a “trial period” before you give them him or her the job officially. Examples of these questions include, “Do they work in an efficient manner and stick to deadlines?”, and “Do they give me a consistent level of quality in their translation work?”

The easiest place to find a business translator is to look in the yellow pages of your local phone directory. Finding a local professional will be difficult to do, especially if you live in a small rural town. Working locally would be easier, however. Then, call your local Chamber of Commerce to see if they have any referrals. If that doesn’t turn up any results, then check with co-workers and business contacts to see if they’ve ever used such a professional. If they have, ask them for references you can contact.

Or, to find a business translator, log onto The American Translators Association website. This website maintains a directory of professional translators you can browse through. There is also another website you can check. It’s the All Language Alliance. This is a service that provides foreign language translations for a fee.

If you’re still not satisfied with the results of your search, then key in “business translators” into your favorite search engine. Look for educated and experienced business translators who have their own websites.

Find at least two qualified business translators you can use and you may be able to get a lower price if they bid against each other for the project.