While the corporate sector continues to quarrel over the gender pay gap, women are cashing in with their own entrepreneurial skills. In fact, a recent Womenable report shows the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 57% and continues to climb. There are now an estimated 9.4 million female-founded enterprises, making up 30% of all U.S. businesses in every state and industry. The states with the fastest growth are Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, North Dakota, and New York. So what makes women extraordinary entrepreneurs? According to Forbes, research conducted by Zenger Folkman found “women make better leaders than men, they build better teams; and they’re more liked and respected as managers.” So in light of this research, we asked six groundbreaking women to share what it takes to be your own boss.