Why do directories cost so much now?

Maybe you should think of something else.
Aside from the cost, your directory may be a success
Day, maybe not, then in addition to 100 or 1000 dollars
In SEO, you then have to deal with constant spam submissions.

It does not sound like the business is for you.
If I sold you my car for $ 1, could you afford it?
the gas, the maintenance and the monthly insurance to keep the car running ….?
(from what I can say, it does not seem that way ….)

It makes no sense to start a business online when you are in control
about the cost of the script or the advertising for your business that might take
Years to emerge from the ground, or never,