The New York Post says there were about 41 million native Spanish speakers in the U.S. in 2015 while there were another 11.6 million who were bilingual. Projections also say the number of Spanish speakers could reach as much as 138 million by 2050.

That’s a huge part of the market. And sooner or later, you’ll find your law firm dealing with Spanish-speaking clients. Hiring a bilingual translation service is now a must and not simply a nice thing to have.

Don’t know how to hire the right one? Here are a few tips:

How much is the cost?

Keeping costs low is a priority for organizations. You’ll want to ask about the company’s costs so you’ll get an idea whether it’s a good match for your budget or not.

Ask about turnaround times

Not all bilingual translation services provide turnaround times of about 12 or 24 hours. You’ll want to ask this if you’re in a hurry to get the deliverables. However, if there’s no reason to rush the results, you can always take advantage of longer turnaround times that come with zero additional costs.

Consider the experience

How long has the company been in business? If they’re just starting out, the company is still growing and probably not in the best position to provide you with the assistance you need. You’ll want to look for companies that already bring years of experience to the table before you consider hiring one.

Make a list

Put together a list of questions you’ll want to ask prospective companies. By preparing this in advance, you’ll have a good guide when it comes to topics and issues you’ll need to ask them about. A list also helps you keep the interview on an even keel all while easily allowing you to cover a lot of ground.

Try it out

One way to know how well the company will perform is to give them a try. Send a small batch of orders. This should be enough to give you an idea what the company’s service levels are and if you’re going to want to have them on your side or if you should look for other translation services to help you.

Ask about volume orders

Not all translation firms have the proper resources. If you’ve got massive orders, be sure the company can handle the volume of the work before you hire them.

Want to know more? Ask us at Linguistic Areté LLC.

Ready to give it a try? Contact us at Linguistic Areté.