A translation office is a group of translators providing translation services. These may go beyond translation to encompass proofreading, editing, or even copywriting. People working in a translation office will speak, read and write several languages, the specific combinations of which depend on the office’s location and the markets it serves. Translations produced by the office will be invoiced according to word count or time spent doing the work. A translation office can be a department within a larger company; a small, privately held enterprise; or a larger body, such as the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union. If the translation office is part of a company, it will most likely work solely for that company. An independent translation office can have multiple clients in multiple industries. Steps are taken to guarantee client confidentiality, especially if the situation arises where the translation office accepts work from competitors.