There are many translation companies in Kazakhstan claiming they can translate “anything” from “any” language. What is worse is that such companies’ rates are quite low. The client can expect any kind of issues from the texts delivered by such companies. Professional translators and translation companies work only in particular areas of expertise. Translation companies often engage freelance translators of a rare language via the Internet. They have no one else who knows such rare language. Hence, the client receives the raw text that has not been proofread or edited. They cannot afford hiring an editor and/or proofreader even if such a freelance specialist is available online, because their rates are too low and would not cover the costs. You are lucky if it is translated well. Otherwise, you can publish an article full of errors on your web-site.
As a translation company owner and a practicing translator, I wonder if it possible at all to have any texts edited or proofread, when the translation rate is as low as 1500 tenge (or 5 US dollars) per page.
Usually, around 50% of the sum is paid to the translator(s), and 20% – to the editor(s). Is it possible to engage a professional translator in Kazakhstan for approximately 2.5 dollars per page? I personally have great doubts. Such companies either have to hire students of linguistic departments or engage inexperienced persons with some basic translation skills. However, in this case texts received from such students or persons require more editing. So, it is difficult to find an editor who is eager to earn 300 tenge per page.
Even if we assume that some professionals agree to work for such low rates, they will rush to translate as many pages as possible, with little care and very poor results.
When clients put excessive pressure on the prices, chances are high that their translations will be assigned to cheap, inexperienced translators. Ultimately, the clients can find out that the price they have paid for the translation is too high, given its quality.
If you plan to sell your localized products successfully, you will want to work with a specialized professional team even if its prices are higher.