How to choose a good English-German translator

In today's world of translation services, the customer can choose from a wide variety of providers. The range goes from small one-person companies to big translation agencies which employ hundreds of people. Often though, the customer wishes to directly contact a translator, without spending times filling out requests or going through a call-center. It is thus to no surprise that the patron will often prefer a small company to carry out his or her translation projects rather than giving it to an anonymous agency.