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One of the more common questions we are asked is how long it takes to do a translation. People will call us to inquire about translation services, concerned that the translation will take more time than they have allotted for it. Most times, they have plenty of time for the translation, but occasionally it does need to be completed in a rush.

When you are planning a project, whether you need a one-time translation or are looking to translate multiple documents or a series of documents, it can be helpful to have a general idea of how much time to budget for translation services. That’s why we have a formula for estimating translation turnaround times.

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The Formula for Translation Turnaround Times

Many language service providers follow a similar formula when predicting completion times – about 1000 words per day plus time for project management. The smallest projects (around 3000 words) will typically be estimated to take two to three business days. Using the minimum project time frame as a base, you then add one business day for every 1,000 words, factoring the size of your project into the equation.

At Rapport International, we provide an expected turnaround time for every project we quote. We follow the guidelines outlined above and, based on the scope of the project, we factor in time for project management, assigning the appropriate translator, clarifying any questions that arise, and completing the translation.

Knowing this formula – two to three business days plus one business day per 1,000 words – gives you a predictable time frame for planning purposes.

Other Factors that Impact Turnaround Time

There are other elements and considerations that may require additional time, such as the complexity of the language or the technical nature of the documents.

We review the project to establish a reasonable turnaround time in the project quote based on all of these factors.

Occasionally, you may have a translation project that is of a more urgent nature. In those cases, expedited services are generally available from your translation agency for an additional rush fee.

At Rapport International, we deliver your project on time, EVERY TIME. We have never missed a deadline and take pride in our track record of 100% on-time delivery.

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Rapport International specializes in multilingual communications, providing language translation and interpretation services that are accurate and culturally appropriate. We use the right voice and the correct terminology to avoid liability, customize services to your needs, and deliver on time and within your budget. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you can trust that it’s done right. Contact us today if you would like more information or to get a free quote.

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Categories: Project Planning & Management, Cost & Turnaround, Multilingual Growth

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