Finding the Best Translation Service

Finding a translation service can be daunting. Where does one start looking for translation services and when they find one, how do they know if they will be able to do a good job? What questions should one ask? 

Where to find a translation service?

There are three main ways to find a translation service.

  • The first port of call should be your local directories like Yellow Pages. If you have a business directory that is specific to your area. Just search for "translation" or sometimes it might be under "translators & interpreters". You can find more about translation services via
  • Second, and easiest, means of finding a translation service is through the internet. Using a major search engine such as Google, Yahoo! and MSN can bring hundreds of listings. One additional advantage of using a search engine is that you can be more specific with your search. For example, if you are looking for a translation service local to you type "translation service London" or "Oxford translation services". Similarly, if you need a particular language try something like "German translation services".
  • With the search engine results you will be presented with two types of lists, paid listings (advertisements) and organic listings (non-advertised results). It is good to keep in mind that those with organic listings are there for a reason, namely the search engine naturally sees them as important sites for translation services. On the other hand paid listings will be from companies that need the business. This is not necessarily a negative thing but good to consider when making a choice.