The Free Test Translation

This is a very frequent request by clients: “Please translate this text as a test for us to evaluate” or “Please analyze this translation whether it requires proofreading or revisions”.

A little rule of thumb:

A translator who agrees to do free work usually is not confident enough in his/her skills to insist on adequate payment for his/her services. So why would anyone trust such a translator to do a good job?

If you want to evaluate the quality of a translator’s work up front, ask for credentials with relevant samples. Most professional translators have a collection of client-authorized sample projects that they will be happy to provide on request.

Good service has its price. So, please don’t humiliate your translator by asking him/her to do unpaid work.

Karoline

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