Re: Cost of opening an affiliate
It depends on the scope of what you're building. We're into our 4th year and last year spent approximately 40K on equipment and building improvements. This did impact our net profitability but we still finished the year well in the black.
What you do depends on your vision, your experience, and your tolerance for risk.
Very few people regret being debt-free, keeping expenses low, and generating the best return on assets possible.