>>5669>the whole point of hikikomori is to withdraw from society
It's a coping method. There is no single way one is hikikomori aside from the criteria.
"Withdrawing from society" is very subjective and can occur in numerous ways. Everyone would agree, not leaving one's house or room is withdrawing from society, at the very least on a local level. Using that line of reasoning that having a job (or income, by extension) means one is not hikikomori, then if a hikikomori uses the internet or anything provided by the society such as electricity or water then they're participating in the society and thus not hikikomori.
If one were to active contribute to a society while merely being reclusive, then using the term hikikomori may be less clear in that instance. However, not all hikikomori have parents to support them so some means of income may be their only means of survival, even if it's patreon or surveys. There are many examples of ways someone could make money but still not contribute in such a way that would contradict the term hikikomori, for example, cryptocurrency or web design. Those largely do not contribute to the collective in ways most jobs do.