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Does anything come to mind as a more colloquial / non-business phrase instead of "little investment, big return"? Thanks!

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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow

Something great can come from a modest beginning

or, if talking about something negative...

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

to start some kind of trouble that grows much larger than you planned

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How about: "Big bang for the buck". It's informal but gets the idea across well.

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"Pay dirt" you need to look it up. People will say "I hit pay dirt!"

It is almost like "something for nothing."

And "buy short, sell long." Stock Market term.

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Many a mickle makes a muckle (Scottish proverb)

many a little makes a mickle (also many a mickle makes a muckle): many small amounts accumulate to make a large amount. (Oxford Dictionary)

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How about more bang for your buck?

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  • Hi user141706 and welcome to ELU! This is a good suggestion, but you should consider adding a definition/reference to your answer.
    – Dog Lover
    Oct 8, 2015 at 1:13

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