Chris Durban

Session speaker

Chris Durban is a freelance translator (Fr>Eng) specializing in business communications and finance. Based in Paris, she has over 40 years’ experience working for a portfolio of demanding clients, primarily in the private sector.
Chris has written various client education materials as well as the “Fire Ant & Worker Bee” advice column in Translation Journal (online). In October 2010 she published a revised compilation in book form as The Prosperous Translator. In April 2014 she contributed to 101 Things a Translator Needs to Know (www.101things4translators.com).

Chris is co-organizer of SFT’s biennial Université d’été de la traduction financière, coordinated Translate in the Catskills in 2009 and 2011, and Translate in Chantilly  in 2015.

My Sessions

Scalability—headache, hurdle, Holy Grail


If you’re a freelance translator, you’ve already faced the issue of scalability. Your day is only 24 hours long, and that’s an inherent limit on your earning capacity­—unless you can find ways to scale up and be more efficient. By contrast, many translation agencies have no problem expanding. In fact, it’s a natural progression for […]