How can I find an Interpreting Agency with very competitive pricing?
The single most important factor in obtaining competitive pricing is the MINIMUM SESSION. Most interpreting agencies charge a 2-hour ‘minimum session’. That means you will be charged 2 hours even if the interpreting session lasts only 15 minutes. Only a few interpreting agencies require less than the 2-hour minimum and VERBATIM LANGUAGE SERVICES, INC. is one of those companies except for American Sign Language (ASL). This is important. A company that only requires a 1-hour minimum, for example, will cost approximately 50% less.*
*This calculation assumes both companies charge the same amount per hour. If the interpreting agency that requires the 2-hour minimum also charges more per hour, then the difference could be much higher.
A second factor in choosing an interpreting agency with very competitive pricing is to review their list of languages offered. Do they offer the language needed? If the answer is affirmative, inquire about the price.**
**Most interpreting agencies have at least a 2-tier pricing schedule. “Traditional” language interpreting cost less than “non-traditional” language interpreting. Each interpreting agency determines for itself which languages belong in the “Traditional” language category and which ones belong in the “Non-Traditional”. If the needed language is in the Tier 2 pricing in one interpreting agency, you may be able to reduce your cost if the needed language is in the first-mentioned category with another company.