By Adriana Adarve – Owner of Adarve Translations
When trying to buy anything in this world, one of the first things we look into is the price we will need to pay.
When it comes to translations, every so often there are blogs that relate to their high cost if they are not written by professionals. Also, about 99% of the translation sites have pages that aim to explain the pricing of translations, though the great majority of these sites do not actually give specific prices.
Since price is one of the driving forces to buying items and services, let me ask you this: Would you hire the services of a surgery student to perform a quintuple bypass on your Grandmother? Would you say that this is a minor surgery that any non-professional “healthcare provider” should perform?
When it comes to your high profile business finances, would you hire the services of an apprentice financial advisor and “save some money” in the bargain?
I don’t mean to appear callous. I acknowledge the importance money—more precisely, saving money—has in our personal and professional lives, but I also would like to give you some food for thought.
However, I also believe that paying the cheapest price for what we need is far from being the best policy, especially when it comes to our safety, the safety of our loved ones, our personal image, or the corporate image we want to show the world at large.
But, what does this have to do with translations? Well, what if the Grandmother I mentioned above happens to be someone who doesn’t speak English? Your spouse’s mother, for example, who needed to come to this country for the surgery, but who cannot speak one word of English, much less read it. How will this Grandmother read and follow the doctor’s instructions after the surgery, or how will she take her medications correctly?
Only a professional translation of the doctor’s orders, and post-surgery and prescriptions instructions can help guarantee her safety.
Keeping this in mind, wouldn’t it make sense to pay the right price of a professional translation that would help her on the way to recovery, instead of looking for the cheapest price possible and very probably risk her well-being or even her life?
Of course, not all cases in which we need translations are as serious as this one. Yet, when it comes to other cases in our lives, wouldn’t it make sense to think along the lines of “we get what we pay for,” and act accordingly?
In the corporate world, for example, how many people would be willing to pay the cheapest price possible for a translation not written by a professional and risk the corporate image of the very business that supports their lifestyle and well-being? Would anyone be willing to risk legal liability due to a poorly written translation by a non-professional, but a translation that cost only a few pennies?
Even though many people still wrongly believe that translation is not a real profession and that, in such case, it doesn’t justify spending money on the proper translation of their medical, legal or business documents; the truth of the matter is that it is indeed a true profession that requires a high level of education, certification and continuing training.
Let’s not forget then that, more often than not, to “pay less to save more” can actually mean higher and unexpected expenses down the road, while paying the right price from the start can only give us peace of mind and well-being for years to come!
All the best!
Adriana Adarve, Asheville, NC
About the Author: Adriana Adarve is the owner of Adarve Translations and is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish & French), as well as pluri-cultural, multi-cultural, plurilingual and multilingual.