Once you have a list of translation service providers you want to contact, it is then key that you are ready with the necessary information to get an accurate quote. There are wide range of services providers available online offering phone call translator, etc.
Each translation services are worth going to want to know what language they translate from and into, the length of the document (especially the number of words source), the nature of the text (whether business or technical?), Format of the document (the paper documents, emails or brochures?), when you need a translation delivered by and if necessary what format it should be delivered in.
These details will help the translation service price your work piece. However, remember that many translation service providers may not provide a concrete quote until they see the document.
This is because once they see it they may realize that they are under your cited as elements of the unexpected such as format, poor image quality or technical documents. It's always a good idea to have your translation in a format that can be sent via email or fax.
Questions to ask the translation service provider:
Once you have set the cost of translation it is always a good idea to investigate the translation service with a few questions to get a better understanding of their capabilities.
For example here are 10 basic questions:
1. If they give you the price, ask what they charge per 1000 words?
2. Do they charge per source word or per target word? For example, if you have a document translated from Italian to English, Italian will be the source language.
3. Is the quote they gave you fixed? ie they can not charge you more after that.