I Have This Project and I Am Not Sure Where to Start

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So you have a project and just need to know how to get started, perfect. Let’s review a couple of steps and you’ll be ready to go.

Step 1: Consider your source communication regardless of its type (written, video, audio or a combination).

Review it to make sure it is perfect in your native language. Every communication is far more than just words. Each conveys a feeling or an emotion that can influence, enlighten and certainly build or erode your brand. The most effective high-fidelity translations start with a perfected source. You can certainly engage with a language service provider  before your message is perfected, but you should try to get it as complete as possible. Most good language services can deal with changes during the translation process.

Step 2: Determine your target languages and the specific target countries.

You probably know what language you need. If you know that you need a “French” translation, ask yourself, “do I know where the audience is located?” French in France is different from the French in Quebec which is different from the French in Nigeria. The target country is key information to a successful project.

Step 3: Let’s discuss your source files. If they’re “perfect” it means you’ve not only got the right words, but a final layout that incorporates graphics, text, etc. This will save you a lot of time as ITC will not only translate the text, but will also ensure that the layout matches with your source. Translations tend to vary in length and you will likely want your language service provider to ensure your final translation matches the source in look and feel. Keep both the final output with graphical layout as a PDF (or similar) as well as a text file with the source copy.

Step 4: Lastly, get a quote to understand, not only cost, but expected turn times. Quotes are generally based on the size of the translation, the quality of source documents, etc. You need to have an accurate expectation of “how long” the project will take and “how much” it will cost. This gives you the ability to compare cost and timeline from multiple suppliers. If you have a deadline, be sure to share that information so a plan can be made to meet your needs.

Those are the basics. Of course ITC would love to help you through your current project and you can use the Quick Quote form to start a dialogue, but even if you’re working with another language service provider, use these tips to get the best result possible.

If you need to do more research for your project, we have a series of white papers that you can use at no charge. Use the form below and we will email you a PDF version of the white paper.

If you would like additional information or research on language services, we have a series of white papers that you can use at no charge. Use the form below and we will email you a PDF version of the white paper.

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“We have found your company to provide the fastest, most economical, and by far the highest-quality translation service there is. Actually we have found a couple of faster translators, but the quality was nowhere near as good as yours. And the other good translators we’ve found charged way too much! To me your price, quality, and delivery time altogether are the best around!”
vice presidentVice President, US Consumer Products Company
“ITC is a great partner because they ask all the right questions. With ITC, they always go above and beyond in verifying the information and making sure I am happy with the product.”
health servicesDirector of Health Services, Non-profit Organization
“Very fast, professional and reliable. Good people and great service.”
attorneyAttorney, Law Firm
“ITC never lets us down. Always on time and at a good price. The quality is excellent! Y’all are awesome.”
operations managerOperations Manager, Texas Manufacturing Company
“International Translating Company has been able to provide specialized service to cope with our foreign language needs. We recently had an urgent need to complete a project in a not very common language (Bambara). ITC team was quickly able to deliver high quality service within the deadline. We are very satisfied with their service and will certainly reach out to ITC for assistance in the future.”
global programs managerGlobal Programs Manager, Non-profit Organization
“We depend upon International Translating Company’s unique model of employing only native language translators with the continuous quality control to verify accuracy. International Translating Company has never disappointed!”
business development managerBusiness Development Manager, Major US City
“In the world of consulting, when a client needs a document translated, the timeline is yesterday and the budget is tight to say the least. We have had several urgent translation projects and much to our fortune, International Translating Company has been there for us each time. Being a service company and working with many others – you learn to appreciate the combination of courtesy, professionalism and precision – International Translating Company has this and more which is why Educational Consulting Company would recommend this team to all. From contracts to brochures – they are full service translation not just by scope, but by quality as well. Thanks ITC!”
chief operating officerChief Operating Officer, Educational Consulting Company